Congrats to Raissa, who received notice today that she was awarded a dissertation year fellowship from UCR, which will support her for two quarters in 2015-2016! Raissa works on the genetics of hybrid male sterility within the Anopheles gambiae complex and has implicated breakdowns in sex chromosome silencing during male meiosis as a major factor contributing to hybrid dysfunction.
Our team at UCR, headed by Dr. Eamonn Keogh, has been awarded a NSF REU entitled 'Research Experience in Integrated Computational Entomology.' The grant will train 10 undergraduates form the Inland Empire each summer at UCR. Very excited about getting started on this project!
The lab was awarded a R21 grant from NIH-NIAID entitled "Identification of genes that cause sterility in male malaria mosquitoes." We will use sterile hybrid males between different species in the Anopheles gambiae complex to identify genetic incompatibilities that cause sterility. Please visit the NIH project page for additional information.
Two graduate students in the lab recently received awards for their research. Eric Smith was awarded honorable mention for his oral presentation on Anopheles resistance to malaria at the GGB graduate student symposium. Also, James Ricci recently participated in the Entomology Student Seminar Day and received second place for his poster on the genetic basis of resistance to DEET in Anopheles. Previously, James received first place for his oral presentation on the same subject at the 2014 American Mosquito Control Association meeting.
Adding to the string of recent successes, Raissa Green's abstract was selected from a large number of submissions to give an oral presentation at the Arthropod Genomics conference this past summer.
We recently received notice of award for a grant to study the molecular and genetic mechanisms of insecticide resistance in the glassy-winged sharpshooter, which transmits the bacteria that causes Pierce's disease in grapevines. It is a collaboration with two other professors (Frank Byrne and Rick Redak) in the Entomology department. We are currently searching for a postdoc to lead the project.
Lab undergraduate Stephanie Gamez has been awarded a UCR Chancellor's Fellowship for $5000 to study the genetic basis of cuticle color variation within Anopheles gambiae. Only 12 of these highly competitive awards are given per year. Congrats Steph!
Dr. White officially received his first R01 from NIH-NIAID entitled "Fine-Scale Recombination Rate Variation in Anopheles gambiae." The award is for ~$1,800,000 over 5 years.