I'm a biology undergraduate at FIU currently working as an assistant for the DeGennaro Lab. I've always enjoyed Genetics and worked as a Learning Assistant for the genetics course at FIU for a year before taking a more hands on approach in this lab. I work directly with the Mosquitoes every day; hatching eggs, rearing larvae, collecting pupa and blood feeding adults.
I'm currently working under Elina Barredo to better understand mosquito nectar seeking behavior. We are using mosquitoes with special mutations to limit their ability to smell; tested against normal mosquitoes, we are finding how necessary a role the sense of smell plays for nectar seeking. The future applications of our research can help us better control mosquito populations, decreasing their ability to spread disease.