Rami Al-Jiab

IMG-20170227-WA0001.jpgRami graduated from Massey University, where he was working on producing and analysing transgenic fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) for pest control and basic research purposes. His PhD project at the Gemmell Lab revolves around mtDNA alleles that result in sperm mobility disfunctions and are therefore an essential part of the “The Trojan Female Technique” project for insect control. These natural variant alleles have been shown to have a population suppression effect in fruit flies. His work will provide further evidence for this effect and develop a method for its application that can be used in any species. Furthermore, he aims to find similar alleles in other New Zealand significant insect pests such as the German wasp (Vespula germanica) and the Argentine stem weevil (Listronotus bonariensis). Rami's research is a collaboration between the Gemmell lab, the Biochemistry Department of the University of Otago, the Landcare Research Centre in Dunedin, and the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University in Victoria, Australia. Rami is supervised by Neil, and co-supervised by Prof. Peter Dearden (Biochemistry Department) and Dr. Dan Tomkins (Landcare Research).