Insect viruses have developed ways to surpass the natural barrier of the gut epithelium to establish an infection in their host. This ability of viruses could be beneficially employed for insect pest management purposes, and used as a delivery system to transport important toxins to the hemocoel. My current research focuses on delineating the mechanisms of transcytosis and virus movement across the insect mid-gut into the hemolymph.
Ph. D. Candidate
My research interests are small non-coding RNA and the biological phenomenon of RNA interference. The specific goals of my current research are, (i) identify and characterize aphid viruses and (ii) characterize aphid micro RNAs in multiple aphid species. We use a combination of bioinformatics and molecular biology on small RNA sequencing datasets to achieve these goals.