I hope to improve the human condition by studying medical entomology. I would like to study mosquito ecology and reproduction. I hope to develop novel methods with which mosquito populations may be controlled in order to curb the transmission of diseases, such as dengue and malaria.
I am primarily interested in bee biology and systematics. For my Ph.D. at Cornell University, I would like to continue studying bees under the supervision of Prof. Bryan Danforth. I am particularly interested in the phylogeny of bees, e.g. in the phylogeny of the nearly cosmopolitan bee family Andrenidae. In this context, I would also like to study the evolution of host-plant associations in this group. Further I am interested in the deeper splits within the Anthophila (=bees) and their relationship to the Crabronidae.