Insect Biology Technician
Biointeractions and Crop Protection
Rebecca is interested in insect research, particularly bees. Her undergraduate degree took her to South Africa, where she worked on genomic imprinting in the Cape honey bee. Previously, she worked on behavioural experiments on the buff-tailed bumblebee. She currently works as a research assistant on bee toxicogenomics at Rothamsted Research. As part of the project, she carries out pesticide toxicity bioassays on the buff-tailed bumblebee, and is working to develop RNA interference techniques to confirm the functional significance of selected candidate genes involved in pesticide metabolism. Through her undergraduate research and more recent employment, Rebecca has gained experience in the biology and maintenance of two important commercial bee species, the European honey bee and the buff-tailed bumblebee. She has also gained expertise in standard molecular biology techniques.
- 2016 - BSc (Advanced Honours), University of Sydney, Australia