Mariah Kemmerer joined the lab to conduct research toward a doctoral degree in Microbiology. During her B.S. degree at Bethany College in West Virginia, she conducted research on whether Pseudomonas aeruginosa could be used to determine the metastatic potential of tumor cells. Read more about Mariah Kemmerer joins the lab
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.