Katherine Murphy: UC President's Undergraduate Fellowship
June 25, 2012
Katherine "Katie" Murphy
The title of her awarded proposal is "Transgenic Yeast as an Organic Pesticide." For her project, she will be exploring the use of RNAi technology in combating the invasive pest, the spotted-wing drosphila, Drosophila suzukii.
A native of southeast Asia and first detected in California in 2008, the fruit fly is a serious economic pest that threatens such fruits as cherries, apples, blueberries, grapes, nectarines, pears, plums, pluots, peaches, raspberries, and strawberries.
Murphy, who will be a junior this coming fall quarter, has worked in the Chiu lab since the fall of 2011. She is a member of the UC Davis Research Scholars Program in Insect Biology, organized in 2011 by three entomology faculty members: professor Jay Rosenheim and assistant professors Louie Yang and Joanna Chiu. The goal of the research scholars program: " to provide academically strong and highly motivated undergraduates with a multi-year research experience that cultivates skills that will prepare them for a career in biological research. This will be useful for students whose career goals will take them to medical school, veterinary school, or graduate programs in any biological sub-discipline.”
The President's Undergraduate Fellowship Program (PUF) encourages UC Davis undergraduates of all disciplines to carry out an independent research or creative project under the guidance of a UC Davis faculty member. The program supports projects up to a maximum of $2000. A multidisciplinary committee of faculty, chaired by the PUF program coordinator, selects the recipients.
--Kathy Keatley Garvey
UC Davis Department of Entomology