UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Hanna Bradford

Baylor University

Underaduate Student

Biography:

I am a University Scholar concentrating in biology, environmental science and studio art. I am from Overland Park, Kansas and in my free time I enjoy making pottery and riding horses. In the future, I plan on pursing a career in research of some sort, but have yet to decide exactly what I want to do.

My work in the Pitts lab revolves on intra-species pheromone detection during mating. I am currently preforming mating assays between wild caught Aedes aegypti and Ae. albopictus to examine possible mechanisms of satyrization.

Batool Unar Syed
Baylor University

Undergraduate Student

Biography:

I am an undergraduate researcher from Dallas, Texas majoring in Biology on the Pre-Health track with goals of attending medical school and conducting clinical research as a physician-scientist. In my free time, I like to practice photography, spend time with family and friends, and explore local places in Waco, Texas!

Globally, Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are a known vector for yellow fever, dengue, chikungunya, and Zika virus. Due to the significance of Aedes species, my research focuses specifically on female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. In our lab, I test the behavior of the female mosquitoes through various odors and an olfactometer in order to better understand their oviposition and host preference. By better understanding their behavioral choices for oviposition and host preference, future studies can be conducted to target specific sensory receptors and develop better surveillance techniques.