Graduate Student – PhD
Plant Pathology – Rotenberg Lab
Partners Building II 1206A
Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV), type member in orthotospovirus genus, causes serious diseases in plants, including many economically important crops. TSWV is primarily transmitted by the western flower thrips (WFT), Frankliniella occidentalis (Thysanoptera: Thripidae). The initial infection of thrips gut tissue during larval stages by TSWV is required for successful virus transmission to plants. My research centers on understanding the underlying interaction between virus and gut tissue of thrips larva using RNA-seq, bioinformatics and molecular biology tools. The overarching goal of my project is to identify thrips molecular determinants that mediate virus transmission.