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. Christina Mogren
Dr. Christina Mogren is a postdoctoral researcher that will be joining the Healy lab in October of 2015. Her work will include studying the effects of pesticides on honey bees, and developing biomarkers for pesticide exposure. Our lab is also pursuing additional funding to use transcriptomic research to look for potential biomarkers. Click here for Dr. Mogren's AgCenter profile.
Emily Boothe is a research associate in the Healy lab, and is studying numerous aspects of Culex quinquefasciatus biology, surveillance, and control. Emily is currently evaluating different trapping mechanisms to collect host seeking Culex quinquefasciatus. Emily also has plans to assist mosquito control districts with insecticide resistance monitoring.
Nick DeLisi is a Master's level graduate student in the Healy lab, interested in larvicide susceptibility in mosquitoes. He is particularly interested in Culex quinquefasciatus, which is an important vector of West Nile virus in Louisiana. Nick also has an interest in conducting longitudinal studies of treeholes in Louisiana.
Vivek Pohkrel is a Master's level graduate student in the Healy lab, interested in evaluating the effects of pesticides on bees. His research includes a field-based study of volunteer beekeepers in the area. Vivek is also working on developing GST (glutathion-S-transferase) bioassays to evaluate pesticide exposure in honey bees.
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.
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.
Jean Pittman is 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.
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.