I study patterns of genetic diversity to understand their molecular, ecological, and evolutionary causes and consequences. My current research involves population genetics of disease vectors such as the dengue mosquito Aedes aegypti and Ae. albopictus. Another of my projects aims to understand the effect of genome by genome interactions between mosquitoes and arthropod-transmitted viruses (arboviruses), with special emphasis on dengue and chikungunya virus. I am interested on the genetic basis of behavioral polymorphisms, how they are maintained in nature, and what are their ecological and evolutionary implications. Particularly those behaviors that promote disease transmission of arboviruses. I use molecular biology, genetics, genomics, and evolutionary biology to address these questions.
I have worked with many invertebrates during my career, including: Aedes aegypti (dengue / yellow fever mosquito), Glossina fuscipes (tsetse flies), Lymantria dispar (gypsy moth), Hydractinia symbiolongicarpus (hydroid / snail fur), Caenorhabditis elegans (nematode), and Procambarus clarkii (crayfish).