I am fascinated by all aspects of Pest Management and Ecology. I am especially interested in the applied side of entomology. I am currently working on a biocontrol project, looking at the effects of entomopathogenic nematodes (Steinernema spp.) on the fruit tree pest, Plum Curculio.
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?