Research

For the past three years I've been working in Jeff Riffell's insect olfaction lab at the University of Washington. We use electrophysiology, behavior experiments, and RNAi knockdowns of dopamine and octopamine receptors to identify neurons involved in mosquito learning and olfaction.

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Lutz, E. K., J. Stephens, J. A. Riffell, and J. Z. Parrish.

Olfactory learning in adult and larvae Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.

Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of Washington, 5/17/2013.

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Lutz, E.K. and J.A. Riffell.

Visual and olfactory learning in Anopheles stephensi and Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.

Annual SICB (Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology) Conference, San Francisco, 1/3 – 1/7/2013.

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Lutz, E.K. and J.A. Riffell.

Classical conditioning and olfactory stimulation in mosquitoes.

Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of Washington, 5/18/2012.

Research Funding

My research and college expenses are funded in part by the Mary Gates Research Scholarship, Mary Gates Honors Endowment Scholarship, Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship, Mary Gates Leadership Scholarship, Washington NASA Space Grant, Charlotte Mangum Student Support Program, and the University of Washington Undergraduate Research Conference Travel Award.

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