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Eileen Jeffrey

Program: Ph.D.

Advisor: Kathleen Walker

Research & Interests:

I am interested in exploring the mechanisms behind tropical disease transmission by mosquito vectors in an effort to increase our understanding and ability to control transmission of the dengue viruses. The first project I focused on in the Riehle laboratory was age-grading of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes using quantitative real-time PCR analysis of gene expression. This project is partnered with public health initiatives to survey mosquito populations in Tucson and Nogales, Arizona in an effort to understand how the physiological status of a dengue vector relates to prevalence of the disease. The age of the vector, Aedes aegypti, is integral to its ability to transmit the developed dengue virus and so determining the age of mosquito populations is an important factor in assessing public risk and health concerns. Current projects include an expansion of the age-grading project including 40 trapping locations in Tucson, locations in Key West, Fl, and widespread collection of socioeconomic data in both cities through the use of surveys designed by the collaborative efforts of the Departments of Epidemiology (College of Public Health) and Entomology. Future projects will include analysis of how local food sources available in larval pools affect adult susceptibility to dengue, lifespan, and reproduction. 

Honors and Awards:
UA Graduate Access Fellowship for 2011-2012

Entomology Graduate Student Representative, 2011-2012

Graduate Student Travel Award, Institute of the Environment, University of Arizona, 2012

Graduate Student Travel Award, Center for Insect Science, University of Arizona, 2012

More Graduate Education at Mountain States Alliance (MGE@MSA), Arizona State University

Undergraduate Degree:

B.S. 2011, University of Arizona

Last updated 9 Feb 2017