Research Interests: My thesis research focuses on evolutionary and mechanistic aspects of vector biology, virus transmission, aphid virulence to plants and other aspects of the plant-virus-vector interactions. Have aphids, endosymbionts and viruses co-evolved to enhance virus transmission? What mechanisms at the molecular level are involved in the vectoring phenotypes in aphids?
I am interested in insect ecology and community ecology, and the application of ecological theory for risk assessment and management of transgenic crops and conventional agricultural methods. I would like to address how GM crops may affect ecological functions and associated ecosystem services of the tropical agro ecosystems using two different approaches: ecological network analysis and functional biodiversity.