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Michel Lab

Michel Lab

Mailing Address
Kansas State University
Division of Biology
267 Chalmers Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
USA

Phone
office +1-785-532-0161
lab +1-785-532-0183
insectary +1-785-532-5837

Fax
+1-785-532-6653

email

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Lab members

Kristin MichelKristin Michel

Associate Professor

I obtained a Diplom in Biology (M.Sc. equiv.) at the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, Germany, and a Ph.D. in Entomology at the University of California Riverside. I did my Ph.D. training with Dr. Peter Atkinson working on insect transformation systems, and subsequently worked on mosquito immunity in Dr. Fotis C. Kafatos' laboratory at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory and Imperial College London. I joined the faculty in the Division of Biology at K-State in 2007.

Phone: 785-532-0161
email: kmichel@ksu.edu

Research Assistant Professor

Bart BryantBart Bryant

I received my Ph.D. in Biology at Kansas State University in 2008 and subsequently trained in Dr. Alex Raikhel's laboratory at the University of California Riverside. I joined the Michel Laboratory in January of 2011.

My NIH-funded research focuses on harnessing densoviruses for somatic gene therapy in mosquitoes. In addition, I continue to investigate the role of hemocytes in mosquito innate immunity and the signal transduction pathways that lead to hemocyte proliferation and differentiation.

Phone: 785-532-0183
email: wbb@ksu.edu

Graduate Students

Victoria DavidsonTori Davidson

I received my bachelor's degree in Microbiology from Kansas State University in 2012. I joined the lab in the Spring of 2013 to pursue my doctorate degree, and advanced to candidacy in the fall of 2015.

My research focuses on the analysis of extracellular protease cascades that regulate the innate immune system in mosquitoes. For these investigations, I established a fungal infection model in mosquitoes that I use to probe the Toll pathway in the African malaria mosquito, Anopheles gambiae.

Phone: 785-532-0161
email: victorea@ksu.edu

Mary (MK) MillsMK (Mary) Mills

I graduated with a B.A. in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Spanish from Georgia Southern University in 2012. I joined the Michel lab in Fall 2012, and passed my prelims in the fall of 2014.

My research focuses on reverse genetic analyses of the biting midge Culicoides sonorensis. I specifically study the role of RNAi in transmission of Epizootic hemorrhagic fever virus, an orbivirus that causes an acute of often fatal disease in wild ruminants.

Phone: 785-532-0161
email: mm02463@ksu.edu

Undergraduate Students

Alejo Garbajal

I am a Senior in Microbiology at Kansas State University. I joined the Michel lab in 2016, and I currently assist in general lab maintenance and mosquito rearing.

Phone: 785-532-0161
email: alejo1@ksu.edu

Paige Griggs

I am a Senior in Biology and the premed program at Kansas State University. I joined the Michel lab this spring, and help with general lab maintenance and mosquito rearing.

Phone: 785-532-0161
email: griggspaige@ksu.edu

Kayla Shore

I am a Senior in Biology and the premed program at Kansas State. I joined the Michel lab last winter, and am the lead student in the insectary. My research focuses on the analysis of cellular immunity and its link to nutrition in mosquitoes. My research is sponsored by a Johnson Cancer Center Undergraduate research award.

Phone: 785-532-0161
email: kshore023@ksu.edu

Jordan StricklerJordan Strickler

I am a senior in Microbiology and the premed program at Kansas State, I joined the Michel lab this semester and help with general lab maintenance and mosquito rearing. This summer, I will start a research project in the laboratory, focussing on cellular immunity in mosquitoes.

Phone: 785-532-0161
email: stri16@ksu.edu