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Dr. Troy Anderson
Dr. Anderson’s research program focuses on the toxicology and pharmacology of insecticide action.
Toxicology and Pharmacology of Insecticides to Vector Mosquitoes. Mosquitoes affect millions of people worldwide as a result of their ability to vector disease. The mosquito nervous system is a proven target site for high efficacy insecticides; however, widespread insecticide resistance limits their use to reduce the risk of mosquito-vectored diseases. Thus, insecticide resistance is considered a serious public health challenge that warrants the development of improved chemical control strategies for vector mosquitoes. Our research team uses multidisciplinary approaches that combine toxicological, biochemical, and molecular experimentation for the characterization of established and experimental insecticide mechanisms of action, the identification of insecticide target-site resistance, and the development of improved insecticides for vector mosquitoes.
Environmental Toxicology of Pesticide Residues to Pollinators. Pollinators are a critical component to the plant health and production of agricultural landscapes. The exposure of pesticide residues to honey bees and their colony matrices are implicated in the decline of these pollinators and their ecosystem services. The knowledge of the toxicological consequences of pesticides residues, alone and in combination, to honey bee colonies and their decline is limited. Our research team uses multidisciplinary approaches to better understand pesticide residue interactions to honey bee colony health and to develop ecologically- and chemically-based management strategies that minimize the risk of pesticide residue exposures to these pollinators. In turn, these management strategies can enhance ecosystem services and environmental quality by improving pollinator health and reducing pesticide residue exposures.