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Leticia Smith

Advisor: J. Scott

Research Interests

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.