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

Rebecca Davis.  Originally from Clarksburg, WV, Rebecca received her Masters in Molecular Biology at the University of Virginia in 2007 and her Ph.D. in Pathology and Cell Biology at the University of South Florida in 2010. Current projects: (1) Genetically engineered strains of Lucilia sericata for larval debridement therapy.  (2) X chromosome dosage compensation in Lucilia .


Bill Reid. Originally from Fort Erie, Canada, Bill received his MS in Entomology from the University of Vermont, and his PhD in Entomology from Auburn University. Current projects: (1) Characterization and development of conditional transgenic sexing strains of Drosophila suzukii. (2) Development of genetic tools in D. suzukii.

Kara Bolz. Kara grew up in Western Pennsylvania. She received her BS from Georgia Tech and her PhD from Texas A&M where she studied telomere biology in the model plant Arabidopsis. She has worked with Drosophila melanogaster in labs at Texas A&M and UNC. Her project is to design and test conditional CRISPR/Cas9 gene drives for control of spotted wing Drosophila and New World screwworm

Melina Florez-Cuadros. Originally from Colombia, Melina completed her Ph.D at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on the effects of temperature and diet in stable fly’s development. Melina is supported by the Dean’s Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She is developing “male-only” transgenic strains of Lucilia cuprina.

Graduate Students

KatherineKatherine Myers. Originally from Raleigh, NC, Katherine received her BS from NCSU. Her projects include: (1) Influence of genetic background on female survival in strains that overexpress tTA. (2) Development of temperature-sensitive male-only strains of D. suzukii


SophiaSophia Webster. Originally from Washington DC, Sophia received her BS from Virgina Tech. Sophia was part of the first cohort of students supported by the NSF IGERT training grant on “Genetics and Society: the case of transgenic pests”. Her research is on (1) Development of killer-rescue gene drive systems in the dengue fever vector Aedes aegypti and (2) Evaluation of the reduce&replace model in Drosophila.

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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.

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Mary Hester. Technician (part-time). Mary recently graduated from NCSU. Mary assists with fly and mosquito rearing.



Undergraduate Students

The undergraduate students assist with rearing blowflies and work with Katherine on the Drosophila genetic background project.

Past Lab Members