Laura is a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council PhD student in the Entomology group at The Pirbright Institute joint with The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her research focuses on the influence of urbanisation on mosquito populations within the United Kingdom and understanding their interactions with human and animal populations. As part of her PhD project, Laura will investigate the influence of larval habitat type on the expression of phenotypic characteristics in adult mosquitoes as well as investigate barriers to gene flow between two different forms of the Culex pipiens mosquito.
Before coming to The Pirbright Institute Laura attended the University of Surrey where she obtained a first class BSc (Hons) in Veterinary Biosciences and an MSc in Veterinary Microbiology. As part of her undergraduate degree Laura completed a placement year at the Institute of Zoology in the Wildlife Epidemiology group, monitoring diseases of British wildlife. For her masters project she then focused on collection of saliva proteins from mosquitoes and investigated their interactions with bluetongue virus.