I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Entomology at the University of Maryland in the St. Leger Laboratory. I obtained a Microbiology BSc from Michigan State University. My PhD studies apply transcriptomic and genomic approaches to agricultural systems and vector biology to further understand the role of Metarhizium species in these fields. I have also assisted in the design and implementation of semi-field trials conducted in a purpose-built MosquitoSphere in Soumousso, Burkina Faso. These studies aim to advance the development of transgenic strains for mosquito control in sub-Saharan Africa and to produce new approaches for manipulating the impact of these versatile fungi on plant roots.
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