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.
Research in Medecine
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.