We found out today that Lydia received a highly competitive Seeds grant from the Ohio Agricultural Research Development Center. This grant will allow Lydia to determine if the streetlights that illuminate our sidewalks and roads prevent mosquitoes from going into their overwintering dormancy, allowing them to continue biting us and transmitting disease. Stay tuned for her results! 🙂
The review article that PI Meuti co-authored with Dr. Sarah Short has just been published in the open access journal Insects (link here). This paper reviews other scientific studies that have examined how environmental factors, such as food, temperature and seasonal conditions, might have on the insect ejaculate.
Today Claire Allison and Vivian Chang represented the Meuti Lab at Ohio State’s annual Denman Undergraduate Research Forum. This year the competition was limited to only 200 applicants, and both Claire and Vivian worked to secure their spots early on. Claire presented her research on how seasonal conditions affect the size and gene expression in male accessory glands.
Vivian presented her work demonstrating that circadian transcription factors play a critical role in mosquito overwintering. Best of all, Vivian won first place in her research category! 🙂Congratulations to both of these amazing students! 🙂
PI Meuti was invited to give a seminar in the Biology Department of Western University in London, Ontario. In addition to experiencing the cold and beauty of the Canadian winter and the warmth and excitement of stimulating scientific conversation, Megan got hold a hibernating ground squirrel (pictured below!) and observe snowy owls in their natural habitat. Needless to say, it was a fantastic visit! Thanks to the Sinclair lab and all of the other brilliant and kind Biology students and faculty for a truly lovely time!