Dr Virginia Muriel Howick
I am studying the genetic basis of genotype-by-genotype interactions between the Anopheles vector and the malaria parasite. Using a combination of transcriptomic and genomic data, I aim to identify how specific processes are altered by different vector-parasite combinations.
As an evolutionary biologist, I am generally interested in how individual organisms deal with environmental challenges and perturbations while balancing basic physiological demands. I am interested in the underlying genes and processes that influence these tradeoffs and how selection is acting on these systems, particularly those that relate to host-parasite and vector-parasite interactions. For my Ph.D., I used Drosophila melanogaster as a model system to understand the genetic architecture in immune defence against a bacterial pathogen as resistance and tolerance, and how selection is acting on the innate immune response.
Started as a Postdoctoral Fellow at WTSI
Awarded PhD in Entomology from Cornell University
Started graduate school at Cornell University
Junior Scientist in Heimpel Lab at the University of Minnesota
B.S. in Genetics and Microbiology from the University of Minnesota
Research assistant in Heimpel Lab at the University of Minnesota