People

P.I.

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.

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.

Staff

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.

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.

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.

Nicholas Pistacchio. Nick was born and raised locally and received his BS in biology from Appalachian State University in 2019. Nick joined the lab in 2020 and currently maintains blowfly populations and supports research activity in the Scott lab. He is interested in continuing his education after a few years of work experience.

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