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.
Besides overseeing the daily lab business, I continue my research projects on mosquito serpins and their role potential roles in mosquito physiology.
My research focuses on the analysis of hemocytes and the signal transduction pathways that lead to their proliferation and differentiation.
My research focuses on the structure-function analysis of serpins and identification of their protease targets.
My research focuses on the analysis of extracellular protease cascades that regulate melanization in mosquitoes. My work uses a combination of biochemical and reverse genetic tools to determine how serpins regulate melanization pathways.
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 currently pursuing a summer internship at the Smithsonian Institute assisting Dr. Mike Gates, and look forward ot returning to the lab in the Fall.
I manage the Anopheles gambiae mosquito colonies in the insectary and contribute to general lab maintenance. In addition, I explore the functions of signaling pathways on fungal and bacterial infections in mosquitoes. This research was funded initially by an A&S undergraduate research award, and is now supported by a K-INBRE student scholarship.