David Olayinka George
My name is Olayinka George David, a graduate of biology from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria. I am currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in the DeGennaro Lab at Florida International University.
Olfactory receptors are a family of genes used by animals for chemosensory communication with their surroundings in order to make important life decisions. Recent transcriptomic profiling of Aedes aegypti reveals significant expressions of these receptors in reproductive organs, however, it is unknown if they play any role in mosquito reproduction. In the course of my program, I will be exploring “if” and “how” this ‘ectopic expression’ contribute to the reproductive capacity of mosquitoes.