Insects respond rapidly to bacterial infection with potent immune molecules called antimicrobial peptides (AMPs). Some of these peptides have potential to be used in human infections against bacteria that are resistant to other antibiotics. My students and I examine a diverse array of insects for the presence of AMPs and test their effectiveness against bacteria.
Joey Bakeer - Antibiotic Effects of Hemolymph from Parasitized and Immune Challenged Green Stink Bugs (Chinavia hilaris)
Kaitlyn Inman - Detection of Antibacterial Properties in Secretions of Blowfly Lucilia sericata
Jacob Whitney - Antibacterial Assays Using Secretions of Black Soldier Fly Larvae (Hermetia Illucens)
Sawyer Duffey - Evaluation of Estigmene Acrea Immune Response For Antimicrobial Peptides