Past Lab Members

Postdoctoral Fellows

Ying photoYing Yan. Ying developed transgenic embryonic and early larval sexing strains of L. cuprina. Ying has also worked with Carolina Concha on evaluating transgenic New World screwworm strains that carry the system he developed. Ying is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Marc Schetelig’s lab at the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology in Gießen, Germany.

Fang Li.
 Fang worked on the single component male-only system in L. cuprina and has also developed male-only strains of D. suzukii. Fang was also the first to apply CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology to D. suzukii. Fang has returned to New Zealand to help run the family business.


Carolina Concha. Carolina developed the male-only strains of the New World screwworm with support from the NIFA BRAG program. Carolina was previously a postdoctoral fellow in the Scott lab at Massey University, where she isolated and characterized the Lucilia cuprina transformer gene. Carolina recently accepted a position with COPEG in Pacora, Panama.

Helen 2009 v2Helen Fitzsimons. Helen completed her Master’s degree in the Scott lab. Several years later, after completing a PhD at The University of Auckland and postdoctoral work in the USA, Helen returned to the Scott lab. Helen worked on the role of epigenetic modifiers in long term memory in Drosophila. She has continued this research as a lecturer in Genetics at Massey University in New Zealand.

JorgJörg Heinrich. The first postdoctoral fellow in the Scott lab, Jörg developed the first tetracycline-repressible female lethal system in Drosophila. After leaving the lab in 2000, Jörg has worked for RESprotect, a biotechnology company in Germany. He is currently CSO at RESprotect.


Abhi2Abhimanyu Sarkar. Abhi developed insulated piggyBac vectors for insect transgenesis and characterized Lucilia female-specific yolk protein genes. Since leaving the Scott lab in 2006, Abhi has been a scientist at AgResearch in New Zealand.


anjaAnja Schiemann. Anja investigated the influence of the MOF histone acetyl transferase on gene expression in Drosophila. Anja also worked on MSL complex binding sites in Drosophila and made important contributions to several other projects. She is currently a research officer at Massey University, New Zealand.



VikkiVikki Weake. Vikki completed her Ph.D. in Genetics in 2005 on X-linked genes that escape X chromosome dosage compensation in Drosophila. After postdoctoral studies with Jerry Workman, Vikki accepted a tenure track faculty position in Biochemistry at Purdue University.


CoreyCorey Laverty. Corey completed his Ph.D. in Genetics in 2010 on the role of the gene promoter in X chromosome dosage compensation in Drosophila. Corey is currently EU Manager, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, Munich, Germany.


XueleiXuelei Li. The first doctoral student in the Scott lab, Xuelei completed her Ph.D. in Genetics in 2002 on development of a germ-line transformation system for Lucilia cuprina. After postdoctoral work with Ming-Jer Tsai at Baylor College of Medicine, Xuelei moved to Melbourne and worked for several years at Monash University.



BeckyBecky Edman. Becky completed her MS in 2013 on Lucilia cell death and early embryo genes. She is currently employed as a cytogenetics technologist at LabCorp in Raleigh.


CharlesCharles Ellen. Charles completed his MSc in Genetics on the role of histone modifying enzymes in long term memory in Drosophila in 2008.  After a stint teaching English in South Korea, Charles began his doctoral studies on dopamine receptors in honeybee at the University of Otago.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASimon Hills. Simon completed his MSc in 2003 and then stayed at Massey for his doctoral studies on molecular evolution.  Simon is current a lecturer in Evolutionary Biology in the Institute of Agriculture & Environment, Massey University, New Zealand.


RebeccaHenryRebecca Kirk (Henry). Rebecca completed a MSc on dosage compensation in Drosophila in 2000.  After completing a PhD in Neuroscience at University of Auckland, Rebecca  worked for organizations based in Auckland. She is currently a scientist with The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Ltd.