I study patterns of genetic diversity to understand their molecular, ecological, and evolutionary causes and consequences. My current research involves population genetics and genomics of disease vectors such as the yellow-fever and dengue mosquito Aedes aegypti and the Asian-tiger mosquito Ae. albopictus, with special focus on modern invasions, as well as on the evolutionary history of these species.
I am also 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).