About

We are a population genetics lab that combines molecular biology and evolutionary principles. There are two main areas of research interest right now. One is very focused and applied; this is to engineer underdominance (a type of “gene drive” system) in Culex mosquitoes, with a long term goal of being able to transform populations to block disease transmission to endangered Hawaiian birds. The other area is a general interest in the natural history of Hawaiʻi and pursuing various projects to learn more about the evolution species here in Hawaiʻi and across the Indo-Pacific. Currently this includes projects describing sponge (Porifera) and sea urchin (Tripneustes) diversity. We are also involved in teaching genetics and work to develop laboratory teaching modules.