Incoming MUVE Section Vice President-Elect
Dr. Dana Nayduch is a Research Molecular Biologist with the Arthropod-Borne Animal Diseases Research Unit at USDA-ARS. She received her B.S. in Animal Science from Rutgers University and Ph.D. in Zoology from Clemson University, where she studied house flies as vectors for pathogens. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University School of Public Health, where she worked on molecular-genetic studies of tsetse flies. In 2004 she joined Georgia Southern University as an Assistant Professor of Biology and was promoted and tenured in 2009. At GSU she received NIH-R15 funding to study house fly-microbe molecular interactions. Dr. Nayduch joined USDA-ARS in August 2011, where she works on molecular and microbiological studies of Culicoides midges and house flies. She generated the first big data resources for C. sonorensis, co-founding the Culicoides Genomics and Transcriptomics Alliance. She cooperates with several laboratories on comparative transcriptomic and microbiomic studies of Muscid flies. She has mentored entomology research projects for >30 undergraduate and 10 graduate students. She has authored 2 book chapters, and published 30 peer-reviewed papers including several invited reviews. She is considered an authority on fly-microbe interactions, reflected in international committees, interviews, invited symposia and outreach. She has been an ESA member for >10 years, serving as a MUVE section highlights speaker, symposium organizer/speaker, student paper and poster judge, session moderator, peer reviewer, Journal of Medical Entomology editorial board member and subject editor for Annals of the ESA. This year she organized and edited the first special collection for Annals: “Filth Fly-Microbe Interactions”.