Areas of interest
Host-pathogen interactions, insecticide resistance of Anopheles gambiae
Alison Isaacs obtained a BSc in biology from Tufts University in 2006 and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California Irvine in 2011. Her thesis project aimed to create a genetically-modified mosquito that does not transmit the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. As a Pasteur Cantarini fellow, she continued to investigate host-parasite interactions and mosquito population genetics at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. She is currently working as a post-doctoral research assistant with Dr. Martin Donnelly in the Vector Group.
My current research focus is identifying and characterizing insecticide resistance mechanisms in Anopheles gambiaemosquitoes from Eastern Uganda. Furthermore, I aim to study the relationships between insecticide resistance, mosquito fitness, and P. falciparum population genetics.