I am a undergraduate student in the Florida International University Honors College majoring in both biology and chemistry. I am interested in understanding the role played by the ionotropic receptors in the detection of human hosts by Aedes aegypti.
Ionotropic receptors (IR) are a class of chemoreceptors used for olfaction and taste that are likely involved in mosquito host detection. In DeGennaro lab, I will be mapping the expression of IRs in the mosquito's olfactory organs: the antennae and maxillary palps. The map will give us insight into how these mosquito olfactory receptors work together to detect human odors.