We study arthropod disease vectors of both animals and plants.
As one example, the life cycle of the Plasmodium (malaria) parasite is represented by several complex stages of host-parasite interaction. These are all pictures that I have taken over the years.
We are currently beginning an investigation into the effect of larval rearing and microbial exposure on vectorial capacity and immune status in regional vector mosquitoes.
A complex web of interactions connect larval rearing habitat to host immune status and vectorial competence in mosquitoes.
We are also interested in adapting novel molecular diagnostics for use in surveying plant and human diseases.
Results from our recent study of WTA coupled with nanopore seqeuncing suggests that it could be useful for viral detection in remote settings.