Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all of our research projects are on hold. Fortunately, however, we have received approval from Ohio State University to continue to care for our mosquitoes in the lab, and thanks to approval from Megan’s family, we also have approval to have a small basement lab to rear additional mosquitoes. Here’s hoping that none escape!
A big congratulations to Master’s student Caitlin Peffers and undergraduate student Olivia Bianco for winning independent competitive SEEDS grants from the Ohio Agricultural Research Development Center! Caitlin’s grant will allow her to wrap up her work in characterizing the daily protein abundance of circadian transcription factors and to conduct additional studies using RNA interference. Olivia’s grant will allow her to continue evaluating how feeding royal jelly affects seasonal responses and the metabolome of mosquitoes. Well done ladies, and very well-deserved! 🙂
Today undergraduate student researcher Derek Huck presented all of the exciting work that he has been doing on the effects of male nutrition on mosquito reproductive physiology at Ohio State’s annual Denman Undergraduate Research forum. Derek did an outstanding job and was supported by members of his family, and even placed in his competitive research category. Congratulations to Derek! 🙂