Nina Alphey | MERG

Nina Alphey

Nina is a research associate in the group. She obtained her DPhil as a member of the group and has been a post-doc since 2009.  She was Researcher Co-Investigator on BBSRC-LINK awards (with project partner Oxitec Ltd) "Agricultural insect pest control: combining genetics, resistance management and dynamics" 2014-2017 (also in collaboration with Imperial College) and "Integrating Ecology and Genetics for Genetic Pest Control" 2010-2013.

Nina's research focus is on novel genetics-based methods of controlling pest populations, particularly insect vectors of human or animal diseases and agricultural pest insects.  She develops interdisciplinary mathematical models, combining ecological factors (such as competition), and genetic factors (such as heritable resistance to engineered genetic constructs), coupled with bio-economic models (e.g. effect of pest population density on disease prevalence and burden, or on crop yield) to test relevant hypotheses and identify key factors that will influence the potential impact of such strategies.

 

http://www.zoo.ox.ac.uk/people/view/alphey_n.htm; ORCID record

 

DPhil 2005-2009, jointly Mathematical Ecology Research Group and Drosophila & Pest Insects Genetics Group, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford

 

Project: genetic insect control