Pacific Biosciences Research Center
School of Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology
My research aims to understand how insects communicate with each other through pheromones, specialized chemical signals. We use a combination of mass spectrometry, genetic manipulation, biochemical analysis, and physiological measurements to identify pheromones in Drosophila (vinegar flies) and characterize the functional properties.
We will apply our expertise in chemical analysis and physiology to better understand at the cellular and molecular level how the environmental microbiome impacts organismal health.
IMPACT TO HAWAII
Our work may help identify ways to improve the health and diversity of our environment and the organisms that live within.