Current individuals in the Healy lab
Dr. Kristen Healy
Dr. Healy is a medical and public health entomologist, with over 15 years experience in studying mosquito biology, behavior, surveillance, and control. Her lab has recent interests in looking at non-target effects of pesticides, especially as it relates to honey bee health and mortality. Her lab is also conduct several research projects on Culex quinquefasciatus and Aedes albopictus biology, control, surveillance, and insecticide resistance.
Dr. Hannah Penn
Hannah Penn is a postdoctoral researcher in the Healy lab, who was hired to work on honey bee related research projects. She works closely with the USDA Honey bee breeding, physiology, and genetics laboratory in Baton Rouge, where she is involved in our grant funded projects on deformed wing virus and varroa mites
Dr. Thomas O'Shea Wheller
Thomas O'Shea Wheller is a postdoctoral researcher in the Healy lab, who was hired to manage our recent USDA-NIFA grant on the epidemiology of deformed wing virus in honey bees. Dr. O'Shea Wheller is involved in coordinating frequent longitudinal study hive assessments in South Dakota, Mississippi, and California. He is also involved in research regarding deformed wing virus and varroa mites.
Daniel McNamara is a research associate in the Healy lab. He was hired to work closely with mosquito control districts in Louisiana, by conducting applied research projects. Daniel's current research interests involve evaluating the impacts of mosquito control on crawfish, understanding novel spray technologies for adult mosquito control, and improved control strategies for Culex quinquefasciatus.
Madeleine Chura is a Master's level graduate student in the Healy lab, interested in medical and veterinary entomology Madeleine is a new student in the department, beginning Fall of 2016. She is currently assisting the lab with our numerous projects.
Shiloh Judd is a Master's level graduate student in the Healy lab, interested in extrafloral nectar feeding in Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. He is currently using Electropenetration graph (EPG) technology to better understand how mosquitoes obtain plant sugars during feeding.
Sara Kennedy is a Master's level graduate student in the Healy lab that is studying how the biology of varroa mites impacts transmission of deformed wing virus to honey bees. In addition, she assists with longitudinal studies evaluating impacts of stressors on honey bee health.
Sarah Lang is a Master's level graduate student in the Healy lab that is studying how deformed wing virus impacts honey bee queen health and production. In addition, she assists with longitudinal studies evaluating impacts of stressors on honey bee health.
While Christopher Fellows is a master's level graduate with Daniel Swale, he also assists with our USDA-NIFA grant projects doing longitudinal studies evaluating impacts of stressors on honey bee health. In particular, CJ's research is evaluating how different stressors impact oxidative stress. You can find more about his research by visiting the Dr. Swale lab page.
Students, Postdocs, and associates no longer in lab
Dr. Frank Rinkevich
Dr. Frank Rinkevich was a postdoctoral researcher in the Healy lab, who was studying the effects of pesticides on honey bees. His research covers toxicological assays to assess mortality of different pesticides, longitudinal studies assessing large scale beehives in Iowa, developing biomarkers to assess exposures to pesticides, and assessing the impact of varroa mite infestation levels on the toxicity of pesticides. Frank is now a Research Entomologist at the USDA Honeybee Breeding, Physiology, and Genetics Laboratory.
Dr. Joseph Margotta
Dr. Joseph Margotta was a postdoctoral researcher in the Healy lab, whose research focused on developing biomarkers for pesticide exposure in honey bees. Joseph was also interested in the stress physiology of bees. Joseph Margotta is now an Army entomologist.
Dr. Christina Mogren
Dr. Christina Mogren was a postdoctoral researcher that joined the Healy lab in October of 2015. Her work included studying the effects of pesticides on honey bees, and developing biomarkers for pesticide exposure. Dr. Mogren's own research grants focused on the use of conservation physiology using honey bees as models. She is now a professor at the University of Hawaii.
Emily Boothe was a research associate in the Healy lab, and was studying numerous aspects of Culex quinquefasciatus biology, surveillance, and control. Emily's research focus was evaluating different trapping mechanisms to collect host seeking Culex quinquefasciatus, along with assisting mosquito control districts with insecticide resistance monitoring. Emily now works as a field biologist for Clarke mosquito control.
Nick DeLisi was a Master's level graduate student in the Healy lab, interested in larvicide susceptibility in mosquitoes. He was particularly interested in Culex quinquefasciatus, which is an important vector of West Nile virus in Louisiana. Nick is currently a research entomologist at the St. Tammany parish mosquito control district.
Vivek Pohkrel was a Master's level graduate student in the Healy lab, interested in evaluating the effects of pesticides on bees. His research included a field-based study of volunteer beekeepers in the area. Vivek was also working on developing GST (glutathion-S-transferase) bioassays to evaluate pesticide exposure in honey bees. He is now a PHD student in Dr. Ottea's laboratory.
Jean Pittman was an undergraduate student in the Healy lab, interested in evaluating the effects of pesticides on bees. Jean's undergraduate research project used ethogram software to make comparisons of honey bee behaviors that were either exposed or not exposed to neonicotinoid pesticides.