Mariah J Kemmerer

PhD. Candidate
Graduate Assistant-Research
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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 midgut into the hemolymph. The objectives of my work are to examine the efficiency of transcytosis, understand the mechanisms being used, and assess if there are common transcytotic pathways utilized among insect orders.  

Area of Expertise: 
Insect Transcytosis
B.S., Biology, Bethany College, 2013