I graduated from Florida International University (FIU) as a QBIC scholar and NIGMS-RISE Fellow, with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and minors in Chemistry and Psychology. I currently work as a post-bacc researcher in the DeGennaro lab.
I am currently working on understanding how the compound DEET alters olfactory receptors to disrupt the mosquito's interaction with human hosts. My research also focuses on determining Aedes aegypti oviposition substrate preferences in response to varying water types. Understanding where gravid A. aegypti females prefer to lay will elucidate where breeding sites are occurring in South Florida, and ultimately, how to effectively reduce A. aegypti population size.