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I joined the Riehle Lab in the Summer of 2019.
I began my career in mosquito research by working in a mosquito control agency. I grew up in Massachusetts and after graduation with a B.S. from Bentley University I started working for Suffolk County mosquito control. That position taught me the value society gets from mosquito control, and opened up a world of possibilities for me. I then earned an M.S. in Biology from American University, where I developed my own mosquito insectary and generated cross-institutional connections with University of Georgetown. I then decided to learn how to genetically modify mosquitoes, which is what brought me to the Riehle lab.
My current research involves studying the function of Insulin-Like Peptide genes (ILPs) in Anopheles stephensi mosquitoes. Using Cripr-Cas9 gene editing I am knocking out the function of individual ILP genes to study their impacts.
Outside of the lab my interests include history and my pets. I breed African cichlids from Lake Tanganyika, as well as having a python and my dog, Woola. You can find me hiking most weekends looking for wildlife to photograph. I hope to one day photograph a mountain lion here.
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