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.
  • 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.
  • Population genomics of the tsetse fly Glossina fuscipes. Using Next-generation-sequencing technologies and reduced representation genomic libraries, I have identified a SNP panel that captures geographic and demographic information of a population (population structure), and that can be used to perform Genome-wide-association studies.
  • 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.