Research

  • Studies on vector competence of Aedes albopictus for major arboviruses. With focused on New England populations in the USA.
  • Population genetics of the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. I seek to understand historical movements and recent invasions with the aid of microsatellite markers, SNPs, and whole-genome sequencing.
  • Genome x Genome x Environment interactions between Ae. aegypti, Dengue virus (DENV2), and ambient temperature. I combine tissue culture and in vivo (mosquito) assays to understand the role of insect-vector adaptation to a specific thermal regime plays in disease transmission.
  • Genetic bases of foraging behavior in disease vectors and its epidemiological implications. I am interested on how genetic variation in feeding strategies can alter pathogen dissemination.