As an a undergraduate student in the Florida International University Honors College, Kevin majored in both biology and chemistry. In the laboratory am interested in understanding the role played by the ionotropic receptors in the detection of human hosts by Aedes aegypti. Kevin is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Irvine.
Ionotropic receptors (IR) are a class of chemoreceptors used for olfaction and taste that are likely involved in mosquito host detection. In DeGennaro lab, Kevin worked on 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.