UC Davis doctoral candidate Olivia Winokur will current her exit seminar Oct. 5.
For those who’ve been following the statewide information on the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes ageypti, you will need to hear a seminar by Olivia Winokur on Wednesday, Oct. 5.
Winokur, a UC Davis doctoral candidate and vector-borne illness specialist who research with main professor Chris Barker, will current her exit seminar, hosted by the UC Davis Division of Entomology and Nematology, at 4:10 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5 in 122 Briggs Corridor.
She’ll focus on “Temperature Drives Transmission of Mosquito-borne Pathogens: Bettering Entomological Estimates for Aedes aegypti-borne Virus Transmission Danger.” Her seminar will probably be each in-person and digital. The Zoom hyperlink: https://ucdavis.zoom.us/j/95882849672.
“The mosquito Aedes aegypti is the first vector of a spread of viruses that trigger a serious burden on human well being worldwide, together with dengue, Zika, chikungunya, and yellow fever viruses,” Winokur writes in her summary. “Because the Zika epidemic emerged in 2016, estimates for Zika danger have been primarily based on proxy proof from carefully associated dengue virus. To enhance danger estimates, we studied how temperature impacts Zika virus extrinsic incubation interval. We sought to additional enhance danger estimates by learning thermal preferences of Ae. aegypti mosquitoes within the laboratory and within the discipline. Present mosquito-borne pathogen danger fashions primarily use temperatures from climate stations or thermal imagery as a proxy for the temperatures mosquitoes expertise, nonetheless such approaches don’t account for native environments or microclimates accessible to grownup mosquitoes. Taken collectively, the outcomes of those research can be utilized to enhance prediction of mosquito-borne pathogen danger and inform mosquito management choices.” (See info on the mosquito on the California Division of Public Well being web site)
The yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti. (CDC Picture)
A doctoral scholar at UC Davis since 2016, Winokur is learning for her PhD in entomology with a delegated emphasis within the biology of vector-borne illnesses. She is going to submit her dissertation in October and formally graduate then, “though I participated within the doctoral ceremony in June,” she associated. “I will probably be a postdoc within the Barker lab working with VectorSurv (https://vectorsurv.org/), and now have a PacVec postdoctoral fellowship (https://pacvec.us/) to dedicate 25 % of my time to “Enriching Sensible Studying Sources for Entomological, Medical, and One-Well being Curricula.’
Olivia obtained her bachelor’s diploma in Might of 2015 from Cornell College the place she was an interdisciplinary research main (environmental results on human well being).
At UC Davis, Winokur served because the 2019-2020 president of the Entomology Graduate Scholar Affiliation and as a 2020-2022 committee member of the UC Davis Entomology Range, Fairness, Inclusion, & Belonging. She co-founded the Ladies’ Outside Journey in Management and Science (GOALS) in 2017 and continues to serve in management roles. GOALS is a free two-week summer season science program for highschool ladies and gender expansive youth from backgrounds underrepresented in STEM fields. They study science, open air abilities, and management hands-on whereas backpacking in Sequoia Nationwide Park.
A few of Olivia Winokur-authored analysis
In tutorial management, Winokur co-developed a Stanford course in 2019 on “How Vector-Borne Ailments Have Formed Human Historical past” and co-developed a syllabus and mentored college students. She additionally co-developed a UC Davis course (2019, 2019, 2020) with different entomology graduate college students on “The Pure Historical past of Bugs.” She has served as each a educating assistant and lecturer, in addition to a mentor.
Energetic within the vector-borne illness neighborhood, Winokur accomplished a 2019-2020 time period because the Govt Council scholar consultant for the American Committee on Medical Entomology (ACME) and as a 2017-2019 volunteer with the Vector-Borne Illness Part of the California Division of Public Well being, the place she assisted with hantavirus and plague surveillance. She peer-reviews manuscripts for the Journal of Medical Entomology.
Winokur is the recipient of quite a few fellowships and grants, together with a $140,00 Nationwide Science Basis Graduate Analysis Fellowship; a $30,000 Pacific Southwest Heart of Excellence in Vector-Borne Ailments Graduate Fellowship; a $25,000 Pacific Southwest Heart of Excellence in Vector-Borne Ailments Postdoctoral Fellowship; a Professors for the Future Fellowship (UC Davis) of $3,000; and two-consecutive Hazeltine Scholar Analysis Awards (UC Davis), totaling $5,500. She additionally obtained an American Geophysical Union Centennial Grant of $9,720 and an American Affiliation for College Girls Neighborhood Motion Grant of $5,000 (outreach grants).
Winokur’s newest peer-reviewed publications embrace co-authoring “The Affect of Vector-borne Illness on Human Historical past: Socio-Ecological Mechanisms” within the journal Ecology Letters; and serving because the lead writer of “Influence of Temperature on the Extrinsic Incubation Interval of Zika Virus in Aedes aegypti within the journal PLOS (Public Library of Science): Uncared for Tropical Ailments.
Emily Meineke, assistant professor of city panorama entomology, UC Davis Division of Entomology and Nematology, coordinates the division’s seminars for the 2022-23 tutorial 12 months. All 11 seminars will happen each individual and just about at 4:10 p.m. on Wednesdays in Room 122 of Briggs Corridor apart from the Nov. ninth and Dec. seventh seminars, which will probably be digital solely, she mentioned. (See record of seminars)
For additional info on the seminars or technical difficulties with Zoom, contact Meineke at email@example.com.