Research Interests: Joo Hyun graduated from Grinnell College in 2010 with a BA in Biology and Global Development Studies. Prior to graduate school, she worked with Dr. Rachel Brem at UC Berkeley and Dr. Mimi Shirasu-Hiza at Columbia University studying natural genetic variation of salt response in Saccharomyces yeast and fly virus respectively. For more information, please see her linkedin page.
I am interested in how disease-vector arthropods adapt to insecticidal and environmental stresses and how this may affect the ways in which we manage and control them. Insecticides are still the most common and often only means to control some of the most dangerous disease vectors such as the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti. My research in the Scott Lab focuses on the fitness effects of insecticide resistance in A. aegypti. Insecticide resistance in medically important organisms is of worldwide concern, especially to the regions most troubled by vector borne diseases. My goal is to help find effective management strategies to reduce disease risk while minimizing impact to the environment.