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Michael Bolton
Project:
Novel routes for the environmentally benign control of pest insect populations.
Funding: NERC, CASE partner Oxitec Ltd: www.oxitec.com/
Email: michael.bolton@uea.ac.uk
Details: My PhD project investigates the use of technology developed by Oxitec Ltd - the Release of Insects containing a Dominant Lethal (RIDL). Using the Mediterranean Fruit Fly (Medfly), Ceratitis capitata, and diamond back moth, the project tests RIDL's potential effectiveness when applied in SIT release-like scenarios and in open field trials.

Michael Darrington
Project:
RNAi for pest management.
Funding:
BBSRC ICP studentship funded by Oxitec Ltd, Oxitec main supervisor Dr Neil Morrison.
Email:
m.darrington@uea.ac.uk
Details: This PhD project aims to harness RNA interference for pest control of insects of agricultural and medical importance.

Elizabeth Duxbury
Project:
Sex, diet and lifespan in fruitflies.
Funding:
BBSRC Norwich Research Park DTP
Email: e.duxbury@uea.ac.uk
Details: My PhD uses immediate and evolutionary manipulations of larval and adult diets to understand sexual dimorphism for lifespan, using the D. melanogaster fruitfly model system.

Dr Lucy Friend
Project:
Colonisation, domestication and population control in pest insects.
Funding: BBSRC
Email: l.friend@uea.ac.uk
Details: I am broadly interested in behavioural ecology, entomology and evolutionary biology, and in particular sexual selection and inclusive fitness theory (the focus of my PhD thesis). I am currently investigating the effects of colonisation and domestication on the behaviour and gut bacteria of the Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata, and the importance of these factors for insect population control.

Dr Emily Fowler
Project:
Regulation of the reproductive transferome
Funding:
BBSRC
Email:
e.fowler@uea.ac.uk
Details:
This project aims to understand the regulation of genes encoding the seminal fluid molecules transferred to females during mating in fruitflies.


Emma Gould
Project:
Garlic polysulphides for insect control.
Funding:
BBSRC iCASE to Dr Chris Hamilton (Pharmacy) and Ecospray Ltd.
Email:
emma.gould@uea.ac.uk
Details:
The aim of the PhD project is to investigate the insecticidal potential of garlic compounds and unerstand their mode of action.


Stewart Leigh
Project:
Genetic methods for insect control.
Funding:
EnvEast NERC DTP, in collaboration with Professor Luke Alphey, Pirbright Institute.
Email:
stewart.leigh@uea.ac.uk
Details:
The PhD project aims to investigate the potential of reproductive interference and underdominance to provide insect control for insect vectors of medical importance.

Dr Phil Leftwich
Project:
Colonisation, domestication and population control in pest insects.
Funding: BBSRC
Email: p.leftwich@uea.ac.uk
Web: http://philipleftwich.yolasite.com/
Details: My work focuses on understanding how insects and their gut microbiota adapt to mass-rearing/laboratory conditions. Using the pest insect the Mediterranean Fruit Fly, Ceratitis capitata (Medfly) we are documenting the effect of laboratory colonisation on life history and gut microbiomes. Our aim is to improve population control methods by reversing some of the deleterious effects of laboratory adaptation.
Dr Janet Mason
Project:
All's fair when love is war: evolution of lifespan under sexual conflict.
Funding: NERC
Email: janet.mason@uea.ac.uk
Details: This project seeks to understand the impact of sexual conflict on lifespan, using the Drosophila model system.

Dr Irina Mohorianu
Projects:
Functional significance and regulation of the reproductive transferome; All's fair when love is war; sRNA Workbench.
Funding body: BBSRC and NERC
Details: Bioinformatics analysis of sRNA and mRNA data (data mining and machine learning); cluster based approaches for biological series, simplified correlations between sRNA and mRNAs; pattern-based definitions of sRNA loci. 
Email: i.mohorianu@uea.ac.uk; i.mohorianu@gmail.com
Web:
http://www.statmethods.net/
http://www.latex-project.org/
http://www.springer.com/series/6991

Will Nash
Project:
Experimental Evolution of Reproductive Isolation in Ceratitis capitata
Funding: NERC
Email: w.nash@uea.ac.uk
Details: My PhD focused on diet adaptation leading to reproductive isolation. Working with the Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata), I conducted experiments on the effects of nutritional components in diet on developmental and adult life history. I studied how these life history changes led to behaviour differences and incipient reproductive isolation.

Dr Wayne Rostant
Project:
All's fair when love is war: evolution of lifespan under sexual conflict
Funding: NERC
Email: w.rostant@uea.ac.uk
Details: I am broadly interested in sexual selection and conflict, particularly with regard to individual fitness and population outcomes. I use the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, to investigate these topics but am also interested in mathematical modelling to provide a theoretical framework.

Jessy Rouhana
Project:
Sex peptide as a master regulator of reproduction.
Funding:
Joint PhD programme with Professor Bregje Wertheim, University of Groeningen, Holland. Funded by Ubbo Emmius and UEA Scholarships.
Email: j.rouhana@uea.ac.uk
Details:
The sex peptide is transferred along with sperm during mating and exerts significant behavioural and physiological changes in females. I am measuring genetic variation in several sex peptide response traits in order to conduct genome-wide association tests.

Dr Damian Smith
Project:
Eternal triangles and sexual conflict; sex peptide as a regulator of reproduction.
Funding:
NERC; The Leverhulme Trust
Details:
I have been testing the outcomes of sexual conflict within eternal triangles of a female, her current and previous mates. The fitness optima of all interacting parties are different within such triangles and the balance of interests can be altered. I am currently measuring genetic variation in responses to a major seminal fluid protein, the sex peptide.