Arthropod in vitro Culture, Entomology, Genetics, Molecular Biology
Ruth completed her BSc at Royal Holloway University of London were she studied biology, focussing on applied entomology. Ruth developed her strong lifelong interest in entomology during her MSc in entomology at Harper Adams University. Her master’s thesis concentrated on biological control of the scale insect. Which she presented as a poster at the international congress of entomology 2016. Ruth lifelong passion for insects has meant she has completed varied work experience prior to starting her first job.
Ruth joined the Pirbright Institute in October 2016, working in Luke Alphey’s group, Arthropod Genetics. Her research focuses on the Lepidoptera species, diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella) and a Diptera species, mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti). Her team’s research primarily focusses on using insect’s neuropeptides to achieve sustainable pest control of P. xylostella and understanding gene drive mechanisms in A. aegypti.