Project: RNAi for pest management.
Funding: BBSRC ICP studentship funded by Oxitec Ltd, Oxitec main supervisor Dr Neil Morrison.
Details: This PhD project aims to harness RNA interference for pest control of insects of agricultural and medical importance.
Project: Love thy neighbour? Social and sexual accommodation in fruitflies.
Funding: BBSRC DTP studentship
Details: In fruitflies, males show precise responses to their social and sexual environment. Males detect rivals using multiple, redundant sensory inputs. We are testing the idea that this redundancy is robust, immune to mis-firing and confers significant benefits as well as whether the same rules apply to detection in interactions involving males of closely related species.
Dr Emily Fowler
Project: Measure for measure: reproductive plasticity in females
Details: This project aims to understand the fitness benefits of the expression of reproductive plasticity in female fruitflies.
Project: Garlic polysulphides for insect control.
Funding: BBSRC iCASE to Dr Chris Hamilton (Pharmacy) and Ecospray Ltd.
Details: The aim of the PhD project is to investigate the insecticidal potential of garlic compounds and unerstand their mode of action.
Project: Genetic methods for insect control.
Funding: EnvEast NERC DTP, CASE PhD project in collaboration with Professor Luke Alphey, Pirbright Institute.
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 Wayne Rostant
Project: Measure for Measure: reproductive plasticity in females
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.
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.
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.