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Postdoctoral researchers

Kelsey Coffman, PhD in Entomology, University of Georgia

Hi! I’m interested in heritable viruses found within parasitoid wasp lineages and specifically, how these beneficial relationships evolve and function. I use molecular biology, manipulative genetics, and genomic sequencing data to study independent examples of this phenomenon to gain a more comprehensive understanding of beneficial virus evolution, as a whole.

Meng Mao, PhD in Biology, University of Wollongong, Australia

My research project blurb for the lab website is: my research focuses on molecular evolution of viral symbiosis in braconid parasitoid wasps.

Seo Hyun (Sally) Kim, PhD in Zoology and Microbiology, University of Otago, New Zealand

My current research uses molecular biology, confocal and electron microscopy to investigate the relationships between a parasitoid wasp, a viral symbiont and a fly host. I am primarily focused on virus replication in vivo and in vitro, as well as the effects the virus has on fly haemocytes.