PhD candidates and their research

Below the 15 PhD candidates recruited for INSECT DOCTORS with the topic of their reseach projects and their affiliations within the programme.

WP 1: Pathogen-host interactions

Jirka Manuel Petersen

Nudivirus replication mechanism

Jirka Manuel Petersen

Wageningen University, IRBI (CNRS), and Tours University

Sam Edwards

Behavioural manipulation and co-evolutionary processes between fungi and flies

Sam Edwards
University of Copenhagen and University of Exeter

Joszef Takacs

Interactions between pathogens infecting crickets: who paves the way for the other?Inhoud

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University of Copenhagen and Wageningen University

Edouard Bessette

Microsporidia infection and virulence at varying population densities 

Edouard Bessette
University of Exeter and University of Copenhagen

Pascal Herren

Impact of multiple biotic and abiotic stressors on pathogenesis in mealworms and wax moths 

Pascal Herren
UKCEH, University of Leeds, and University of Copenhagen

WP 2: Covert infections and pathogen detection

to be announced soon

Mechanisms behind covert infections: DNA viruses


Wageningen University and University of Valencia

Hanna-Isadora Huditz

Interaction between tsetse fly associated covert viruses and endosymbionts

Hannah-Isadora Huditz

Wageningen University, University of Exeter and FAO/IAEA

Luis Hernández Pelegrín

Covert infections with RNA viruses in the Mediterranean fruit fly

 Luis Hernandez Pelegrin

University of Valencia and Wageningen University

Robert Pienaar

Virus discovery in reared insects 

Robert Pienaar
IRBI (CNRS), University of Tours, and University of Valencia

WP 3: . Increasing insect resistance against pathogens

Anna Slowik

Exploring nutritional adaptation of host-specific and generalist insect-pathogenic fungi

Anna Slowik

University of Copenhagen, UK-CEH, and University of Leeds

Jennifer Upfold

The role of microbiota in host resistance against bacterial and fungal pathogens in wax moths

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INRAE, AgrosParis Tech, and University of Copenhagen

Carlotta Savio

Food and probiotics in insect health and pathogen resistance

Carlotta Savio

INRAE, Agro Paris Tech and Wageningen University

Loretta Mugo-Kamiri

Microbiota mediated food protection against lepidopteran pathogens 

Loretta Mugo

IRBI (CNRS), University of Tours, and University of Exeter

Alessandro Roman

Experimental evolution of insect gut symbionts to improve fitness under SIT and transgenic mass release 


University of Exeter and University of Wageningen