6154 Biomedical Physical Sciences
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Flavobacteria is a large group of bacteria that are ubiquitously distributed in the natural environment. Some of Flavobacteria are mosquito symbiants and/or associated with larval mosquito habitats. My research in the Insect Microbiology Laboratory (Walker lab) focuses on studying the interactions between mosquitoes and bacteria (using flavobacteria as model organisms). Main interests include but are not limited to: 1) Investigating microbial community and their functional genes involve in decomposition of plant/animal detritus in the native larval mosquito habitats; 2) Understanding how flavobacteria, such as Flavobacterium spps., Elizabenthkinga spps. and Chryseobacterium spps., impact on mosquito nutrient, development and health on the molecular level; 3) Studying how flavobacteria interact with parasites and viruses in mosquitoes; and 4) Engineering flavobacteria to produce mosquitocidal toxins, anti-parasite or anti-virus effector proteins.