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 CRISPR/Cas9 genetic systems in Drosophila suzukii.

Sophia Webster. Sophia recently completed her PhD in entomology in the Scott lab on a novel self-limiting gene drive system in Drosophila and  in the dengue fever vector Aedes aegypti. She is currently working with Anand on conditional lethal strains of hoppers and aphids while searching for a position in industry in the Raleigh region.

Graduate Students

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Megan Williamson. Originally from Poughkeepsie, NY, Megan received her BS from NCSU. 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.


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.

Amy Berger. Amy takes care of many of the transgenic Lucilia and Drosophila strains and is currently evaluating the effectiveness of one of the D. suzukii male-only strains. Amy is from Cary and studied marine biology at UNC Wilmington before joining the lab.


Dina Espinoza-Rivera. Dina has considerable experience working with plants and insects. She currently rears hoppers and aphids on corn and artificial diet. Dina is developing optimal methods for feeding antibiotics such as doxycycline to these species. Dina completed a BSc and postgrad diploma in forestry from the Universidad de Concepcion, Chile prior to moving to the USA.

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 work with Katherine on the Drosophila genetic background project.

Past Lab Members