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education

Expected Grad 2025

Riverside, California

Entomology, Ph.D. – Murillo Lab

New York, New York

2015-2019

Forensic Science, B.S. Concentration in Molecular Biology     |

Minor in Mathematics      |

Summa cum laude

 

research

MURILLO LAB

October 2021 - present

PI: Amy Murillo, PhD

University of California - Riverside, Dept of Entomology

Determining the Genetic Mechanisms that Mediate Thermal Tolerance in Native and Non-native Calliphorid species

Establishing the community composition and diversity of Calliphoridae in Southern California. Conducting bioassays to determine phenotype-genotype relationships. Evaluate the genetic basis of native and non-native populations of blow flies to identify their thermal limits.

YAMANAKA LAB

July 2019 - October 2021

PI: Naoki Yamanaka, Ph.D.

University of California - Riverside, Dept of Entomology

Characterization of Insect Hormone Transporters

Identifying and characterizing insect hormones using Drosophila melanogaster as a model system to understand how hormones control insect behavior and physiology. Examining phenotypes of genetically modified D. melanogaster to evaluate how we can manipulate hormone signaling to control insect development. 

ROSATI
LAB

August 2016 - June 2019

PI: Jennifer Y. Rosati, Ph.D.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice - CUNY, Dept of Science

“The Effects of Drug Metabolites on Dipteran Larval Development

 

Determined presence of drug metabolites ingested by blow fly larvae. Observed differences of larval development when reared on metabolite-spiked tissue and compared results to established life cycles in literature.

“The Diversity of Forensically Important Blow Flies in Manhattan”

Analyzed and compared the species composition and relative abundance in a park habitat vs. urban habitat. Compiled a database of forensically important flies to aid future legal investigations.

“The effect of tissue type on the development of two forensically important blow fly species, Phormia regina (Meigen) and Lucilia sericata (Meigen)”

Collaborated with two lab members to examine the effects of tissue type on the development of two commonly used forensic species: the common green bottle fly, Lucilia sericata and the common black bottle fly, Phormia regina. Discovered species-specific differences in development due to tissue type as well as effects that varied with respect to life stage.

“Oviposition Preferences of the Blow Fly Lucilia sericata (Meigen) on Ethanol-Treated Mediums

 

Examined the effects of alcohol and its metabolite on blow fly oviposition. Results contribute to forensic entomological studies related to homicides involving alcohol use and abuse.

Additional Activities:

  • Assisted in three homicide investigations

  • Trained new lab members in general insect rearing

  • Participated in outreach events, such as maggot art

HAHN
LAB

Effects of metabolic rate on the lifespan of the apple maggot Rhagoletis pomonella

 

Identified the relationship between metabolic rate and lifespan in apple maggot flies to establish whether viability selection contributes to speciation of Rhagoletis pomonella. Used R to data mine from collected samples and data over the past year.

 

What is the arrangement of the genetic architecture of thermal performance?”

 

Designed experimental setup to determine themolecular level physiological tactics that underlie differences in thermal traits in Drosophila.

May 2018 - August 2018

PI: Daniel Hahn, Ph.D.

University of Florida, Dept of Entomology & Nematology

WANG
LAB

“Analysis of mutations and expression of ABCA1 and ABCA2 genes in cabbage loopers resistant to Bt toxin Cry2Ab”

Classified the mutations and expression levels of the ABCA1 and ABCA2 genes in the larval midgut of resistant and susceptible cabbage looper pests (Trichoplusia ni) to the Bt toxin Cry2Ab. Resistance to this popular organic pesticide has been linked to these two genes. Discovering the mutations may aid in future targeted genetic engineering to prevent pest resistance to Bt.

May 2017 - August 2017

PI: Ping Wang, Ph.D.

Cornell University, Dept of Entomology

 

presentations

  • Infographic:
        "When Puberty Hits Different: Abnormal juvenile hormone signaling in holometabolous and hemimetabolous insects". Denver, CO. November          
    2021 - presenter

  • Infographic:
        "The Case of the Perplexing Phenotypes: Juvenile Hormone Signaling in Drosophila melanogaster". Virtual. November 2020 - presenter

  • Poster:

Drunk Flies: Oviposition Preferences of the Blow fly  Lucilia sericata (Meigen) on Ethanol-Treated Mediums”. New York, New York. March 2019 - presenter

  • Poster:

Establishing a Protocol for Tissue Differentiation in Lucilia sericata (Meigen)”. Program for Research Initiatives in Math and Science Symposium. New York, New York. March 2019 - presenter

  • Oral Presentation:

Choose Charlene: What's Wrong With You? A New Way to Consider the Core Observation of Quantum MechanicsNew York, New York. March 2019 - co-presenter

  • Poster:

Detection of Drug Metabolites in Lucilia sericata”. Program for Research Initiatives in Math and Science Symposium. New York, New York. 2 May 2018. - presenter

  • Oral Presentation:

The Diversity of Forensically Important Flies in New York City”. The Entomological Society of America Annual Conference. Denver, Colorado. 5 November 2017. - presenter

  • Poster:

Mapping of Bt Cry2Ab resistant gene in the cabbage looper, Trichoplusia ni”.The Entomological Society of America Annual Conference. Denver, Colorado. 8 November 2017. - contributor

  • Poster:

Understanding the Molecular Mechanism of Insect Resistance to Bt Toxin Cry2Ab”. USDA-NIFA Project Directors Meeting. Washington, D.C. 30-31 October 2017. - contributor

  • Poster:

Analysis of mutations and expression of ABCA1 and ABCA2 genes in cabbage loopers resistant to Bt toxin Cry2Ab”. Cornell University Summer Research Scholars Symposium. Geneva, New York. 28 July 2017 - presenter

  • Poster:

The Diversity of Forensically Important Flies in Central Park”. Program for Research Initiatives in Math and Science Symposium. New York, New York. 4 May 2017. – presenter

 

papers

Paper:

Xiaowei Yang, Wenbo Chen, Xiaozhao Song, Xiaoli Ma, Wendy Kain, Hannah Chu, Yun-Ru Chen, Zhang jun Fei, Ping Wang, “Mutation of ABC transporter ABCA2 confers resistance to Bt toxin Cry2Ab in Trichoplusia ni,” Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 103209.

 

Paper:

Veena Mehta, Joey Fragale, Hannah Chu, and Jennifer Y. Rosati , “The effect of tissue type on the development of two forensically important blow fly species, Phormia regina (Meigen) and Lucilia sericata (Meigen),” (Submitted for review)

Paper:

Hannah Chu, Yoselin Paucar,and Jennifer Y.Rosati,“The Diversity of Forensically Important Blow Flies in Manhattan,” (In preparation)

 

honors + awards

honors

NSF GRFP Fellow          2021

Presidential Member       2021

Genetics Society of America

 

Jonas E. Salk Scholar      2019

awards

University of California, Riverside

  • Exceptional Remote Teaching Award                                              2021

  • Lauren and Mildred Anderson Immature Insects Award              2020

John Jay College of Criminal Justice - CUNY

  • Honors Program Scholarship              2015-2018

  • Hecht Scholarship                                 2015-2019

  • Presidential Scholarship                        2015-2019

 

experience

​UCR Entomology Graduate Student Association (EGSA)

  • Outreach Committee Representative, 2021-22

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Member, 2020 - present

  • Social Media (Twitter) Manager, 2019 - present

  • Secretary, 2020-21

  • Seminar Committee Representative , 2019-21

​ComSciCon

  • Programming Organizer     2021

  • Attendee                               2020

ComSciCon - LA

  • Organizer                              2021

​SciComm @ UCR

  • President                               2021

  • Social Media Chair              2020

Miscellaneous

  • Contributing Writer, ForensicBites

  • Letters to a Pre-Scientist   2020 - 

  • Skype a Scientist                  2019 -