We are accepting students for a funded summer project on bumblebees and floral smells, doing fieldwork around Durham: Species-specific floral smell preferences of bumblebees See mroe details here and apply! REP Scheme 2021
We, togeher with Dr Rebecca Clark, have a vacancy for a self-funded MRes student on olfaction of black soldier flies. This project is in collaboration with BetaBugs. Please read about the project below, and get in touch to dicuss! Identification of olfactory cues for egg laying in the Black Soldier Fly, an industrially important insect […]
We have some fantastic news! Durga Bethala, a PhD student from the Haffkine Institute, Mumbai, India received the Newton-Bhabha PhD placement fellowship. Durga will visit the lab this summer for 4 months to work on the blood-brain barrier of Drosophila. AND Natasha Ali (Durham undergraduate student) received the Summer Studentship from the Physiological society. Natasha […]
Abbi Farley re-joined the lab this week, this time as our insect technician. Welcome back Abbi, great to be working with you again! 😀
Matthew and Catherine’s review about mosquito olfactory systems is out! We wrote about the least known and latest findings about the mossie nose – have a look here: Olfactory systems across mosquito species Matthew Wheelwright, Catherine R. Whittle & Olena Riabinina Cell and Tissue Research (2021) https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00441-020-03407-2
Our first PhD student Matt Quinn has just joined the lab! Matt is funded by BBSRC NLD PhD programme for the next 4 years and will work on sensory perception in the mosquito larvae. Welcome Matt!
The project description is here and also below: Anatomy and function of the mosquito olfactory system Project description Malaria mosquito is one of the deadliest animals on Earth, causing more than 400,000 death per year and affecting half of the world population. Our fight against malaria has currently stalled, due to the emerging insecticide resistance […]
The job is for 17.5h/week, flexible hours and would suit a student or anyone looking for a lab experience before applying for a Masters/PhD: https://durham.taleo.net/careersection/du_ext/jobdetail.ftl?job=20000697&lang=en Informal enquiries to Lena are welcome!
We have a PhD vacancy for a chemical+sensory ecology project! The project will investigate how bumblebees use floral smells, and how the perception of smells changes under stress. The project will involve field collections and lab work in Germany and in the UK. Please read more here and apply! https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/how-does-stress-affect-floral-smell-preferences-of-bumblebees/?p125521
Another great news – Michelle Leung has joined the lab as an undergraduate researcher! Welcome Michelle!