Rodolfo Vargas Castilhos
Visiting Doctoral student from Brazil
Rodolfo graduated in Agronomy from Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Pelotas, RS, Brazil (2008). He received his M.S. in Crop Protection with emphasis in Entomology from Universidade Federal de Pelotas (2010). Currently he is a Doctoral student in Crop Protection. His most recent project is related to selectivity of pesticides to the green lacewing Chrysoperla externa, an important predator which can act as control agent of a wide range of phytophagous insects in many crops. His research in the Pesticide Toxicology Laboratory will focus on assess the effect of monoterpenoids and sesquiterpenoids on C. externa by topical application, ingestion, and repellency assays.
Visiting scholar from Thailand
Kornwika received her B.S. degree in Biology, Science from Silpakorn University, Nakorn Pathom, Thailand. Then she worked at Medical Entomology section, Department of Medical Sciences, NIH, Thailand and Vector Borne Disease Control Center, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand before she go back to continue her education again at Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand in Entomology, Agriculture. Her M.S. thesis is focus on ability of plant derived - essential oils to interact with mosquitoes.