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.
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.
My research focuses on the analysis of extracellular protease cascades that regulate the innate immune system in mosquitoes. For these investigations, I am establishing novel fungal and bacterial challenge models in mosquitoes that I use to probe the Toll pathway in the African malaria mosquito, Anopheles gambiae.
MK (Mary) Mills
I am a freshman in Microbiology at Kansas State University. I joined the Michel lab this fall, and I currently assist in investigating the functions of signaling pathways in innate immunity in mosquitoes. In addition, I partake in the general lab maintenance and mosquito rearing. My research is sponsored by an Research Award from the College of Arts & Sciences at Kasnas State.
I am a Sophomore in Biology and the premed program at Kansas State University. I joined the Michel lab this fall, and help with general lab maintenance. I also assist research projects that explore the structure-function analysis of serpins and identification of their protease targets. My research is sponsored by an Research Award from the College of Arts & Sciences at Kasnas State.