My passion for biochemistry is the reason why I developed a research project on the impact of fertilizers on cellular respiration rates in subterrestrial life. It is the reason why I experimented with various plant growth regulators to save the federally-endangered plant species Scutellaria montana and was commended by former governor of Georgia Sonny Perdue.
And that’s just the beginning.
Now, along with Funmilayo Egunjobi, my research determines which pyrethroids are effective in controlling knockdown resistant (kdr) strains of Aedes aegypti—a known vector for some of the most devastating diseases of our time. By navigating the depths of the voltage-gated sodium ion channel—encompassing activation and inactivation mechanisms, tail and leak currents, action potentials and refractory periods—I aspire to counteract our pesticide problem.
In the Ke Dong lab, I want to continue refining my knowledge of everything from plasmid isolations to voltage-clamp electrophysiology. I want to assess the efficacy of a vast array of pyrethroids against strains of knockdown resistant mosquitoes.
I want to take a stand in the fight against pesticide resistance.