I am a PhD student of Entomology at the University f Florida. My research interests center on insect pathogen vectors and how their microbial symbionts and immune systems affect disease transmission. My current research is investigating factors affecting Asian citrus psyllid transmission of Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus . I completed my master's degree at the University of Texas at Tyler with research investigating population genetics of the potato psyllid and factors affecting regional differences in the potato psyllid microbial community. Using pyrosequencing I was able to determine that there are specific regional shifts in microbial community but these did not change annualy and were not related to psyllid haplotype.