Rebecca Edman
Advisor: Max Scott
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2009 B.Sc. (Summa Cum Laude) Animal Science California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Academic and/or Research Interests
I am studying genetic pest management of the New World Screwworm fly (NWS). NWS are major cattle pests in North and South America. Beginning in the 1950s, the USDA used the sterile insect technique to eradicate NWS in the USA, Mexico and Central America. To maintain eradication, the USDA continues to release sterile NWS from a mass rearing facility in Panama. Recent advances in genetic engineering can improve monitoring efforts and reduce the number of flies needed for release by creating a male-only strain of flies that carries a fluorescent marker protein. Initial efforts have resulted in a genetic system that causes conditional female lethality at the pupal stage. In order to reduce feeding costs, female lethality needs to occur earlier in development. I am developing an improved genetic system with two new components: a pro-apoptotic gene (reaper) to promote cell death, and an early-acting promoter to turn on the system early in development.
Publications & Presentations
1. Concha C, Edman RM, Belikoff EJ, Schiemann AH, Carey BL, Scott MJ. "Organization and expression of the Australian sheep blowfly (Lucilia cuprina) hsp23, hsp24, hsp70 and hsp83 genes." Insect Molecular Biology. (in press) 2. Sze SH, Dunham JP, Carey BL, Chang PL, Li F, Edman RM, Fjeldsted C, Scott MJ, Nuzhdin SV, Tarone AM. "A de novo transcriptome assembly of Lucilia sericata (Diptera: Calliphoridae) with predicted alternative splices, single nucleotide polymorphisms, and transcript expression estimates." Insect Molecular Biology. (in press)


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