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Principal Investigator

Immo Hansen

Dr. Immo A. Hansen

Principal Investigator (CV PDF)
(575) 646-7719 immoh@nmsu.edu
Ph.D.: University of Wuerzburg
Post-doctoral work: University of California, Riverside, University of Konstanz

The overarching focus of my lab is on finding new ways to control vector-borne diseases. We study the molecular physiology of disease vectors to find novel ways to control them.

Laboratory Manager

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Hailey Luker

hailey13@nmsu.edu


I oversee lab operations, conduct experiments, train new employees, and provide a clean and safe environment to work in.

Consultant

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Stacy Rodriguez

stacyr@nmsu.edu


I write up proposals and reports. I also run statistical analyses and repair equipment in the lab.

Post Doc

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Matthew Pinch, Ph.D.

mpinch@nmsu.edu

My research focuses on using a variety of different techniques to understand amino acid transport and metabolite changes in the fat body organ of female Aedes aegypti, with the goal of classifying signaling proteins and metabolic enzymes necessary for the synthesis and transport of proteins and nutrients to developing eggs. The fat body is an organ that plays a vital role in nutrient processing and transport during vitellogenesis, the process of egg development, so understanding how metabolic pathways change in response to blood feeding will allow us to identify targets for new insect control treatments to prevent the development and deposition of viable eggs.

Graduate Students

Soumi

Soumi Mitra

Graduate Student
smitra69@nmsu.edu

I am a fourth year PhD student. I am interested in the olfaction mechanism of female Aedes aegypti mosquito. I am currently working on determining differences in expression levels of olfaction related genes in different strains of Aedes aegypti. My other interests are behavioral assays that determine efficacy of essential oils against female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and techniques that can help prolong efficacy of natural repellents against mosquito.

Yashoda

Yashoda Kandel

yashoda@nmsu.edu

My research focuses on the development and testing of artificial diets that can replace blood meals for different species of mosquitoes, and how artificial diets affect the mosquito’s general and reproductive fitness. My project is part of a larger effort to develop green alternatives to pesticides for mosquito control. I also run statistical analyses.


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Yiyi Li

gtarex@nmsu.edu

I do all things bioinformatics.


Undergraduate Students/HHMI Research Scholar

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Theodore Mucha

theo98@nmsu.edu

My research project focuses on the nutrient signaling pathways in the fat body of the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti. I am making use of a yeast two-hybrid system to elucidate any interactions between cationic amino acid transporters (CATs) and other proteins contained within the cell.




Laboratory Technicians

carolyn

Carolyn Armindariz

caro2220@nmsu.edu




I maintain laboratory conditions and take care of mosquito and kissing bug culture.

marialusia

Marialuisa Teixeira

mteixe99@nmsu.edu




I maintain laboratory conditions and take care of mosquito and kissing bug culture. I am currently working on nuclear isolation of malpighian tubule cells.

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Conrad Brooks

cbrooks2@nmsu.edu




I maintain laboratory conditions and take care of mosquito and kissing bug culture. I will be starting a research project soon.

Former Lab Members

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xavier

Xavier Jimenez

jojobw

Joel Cordova

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Lauren Mercer

kristina

Kristina Gonzales

julia

Julia Vulcan
Web Master

haena

Hae-Na Chung

alex

Alex Moon

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Rebecca Melendez

emily

Emily Moore

debora

Debora Souza

alora

Alora Garibay

justin

Justin Dearing

hitoshi

Dr. Hitoshi
Tsujimoto

ivana

Ivana Rodriguez

aditi

Aditi Kulkarni

lavesh

Lavesh Bathia

anthony

Dr. Anthony
Clemmons

lisa

Dr. Lisa L. Drake

david

Dr. David P. Price

florence

Florence Schoderbek

alyson

Alyson Banegas

margarita

Margarita Wells

sarah

Sarah Aguirre

hannah

Hannah Drumm

victoria

Victoria Carpenter


Immo A. Hansen
Dept of Biology
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces,
NM 88003-8001
(575) 646-7719
immoh@nmsu.edu