Max Scott. Originally from Perth, Australia, Max received his BSc(hons) from the University of Western Australia (Biochemistry) and PhD from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston in Molecular Cell Biology. He is a Professor in the Entomology and Plant Pathology Department in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Postdoctoral Fellows

Anandrao Patil.  Anand travelled from his native India to Japan for doctoral studies on small ncRNAs in the silk moth at  Kyushu University in Fukuoka. His Master’s in biotechnology was on microRNAs in Spodoptera litura at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in India. Anand joined the lab in January 2019 and is working on developing conditional lethal strains of hoppers and aphids.

Amarish Yadav. Amarish’s doctoral work at Bananas Hindu University in India was on the role of scribble in mitochondrial function and tumor progression in Drosophila melanogaster. He joined the lab in December 2018 and is working on CRISPR/Cas9 genetic systems in Drosophila suzukii.

Tatiana Basika. Tatiana is working on developing CRISPR/Cas9-based genetic methods for population suppression of Cochliomyia hominivorax  in Uruguay. She  joined the lab in April 2021. Tatiana has a MSc. in Biology from PEDECIBA, UdelaR (Montevideo, Uruguay) and a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology from UFRGS (Porto Alegre, Brazil).

Rossina Pelaez. From Montevideo, Uruguay, Rossina is working with Tatiana on gene drive systems for C. hominivorax. She joined the lab in April 2021.  Rossina obtained her MSc and PhD degrees in Cellular and Molecular Biology from from PEDECIBA, UdelaR (Montevideo, Uruguay) working at the Molecular and Human Genetics Laboratory at Institut Pasteur of Montevideo.

Graduate Students

Megan Williamson. Originally from Poughkeepsie, NY, Megan received her BS from NCSU. For a PhD in Genetics her projects include: (1) Evaluation of driver/effector constructs for tetracycline early female lethal strains of L. cuprina. (2) Developing a sex transformation strain of L. cuprina to convert females to males.

Alexis Kriete. Alexis received her BA from Mount Holyoke College in 2014 and spent several years working as a lab technician at Princeton University. She started a PhD in Entomology in 2019 and joined the Scott lab in the same year. Alexis is interested in studying the effects of antibiotic use in L. cuprina and in using CRISPR to target components of the sex determination system.

Sarah Hudadoff. Sarah grew up near Atlanta, Georgia. She received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2019, and in the same year began her doctoral studies in Genetics at NCSU. She joined the Scott lab in 2020. Sarah is interested in studying the sex determination system in Lucilia and in developing X-shredder strains for a genetic control program.


Es_Obama_cropEsther Belikoff. Manager, Insect transgenesis facility. Originally from Houston, TX., Esther received her BS from Columbia University. Prior to joining NCSU, Esther worked for Bruce Alberts at UCSF and Kate Beckingham at Rice University. Esther works part-time (50%) on Scott lab projects. She has contributed to the male-only Lucilia, Lucilia dosage compensation, Lucilia larval debridement therapy  and male-only D. suzukii projects.

Aki Yamamoto. Aki received his Doctor of Science from Tokyo Metropolitan University in Japan and worked in several laboratories in RTP as post doc or staff, including the MacKay lab where he made many important contributions using the DGRP resource. Aki joined the lab in 2019 and has been  working on D. suzukii population suppression using male-only strains.

Maxmilian Altenkirch. Max works part-time assisting with rearing Lucilia strains. He recently graduated from UNC Wilmington majoring in Biology.

Undergraduate Students

The undergraduate students assist with rearing blowflies and Drosophila strains.

Past Lab Members