I obtained my Bachelor of Science in biology 2016 at the Freie Universität Berlin in Germany. During my final project, supervised by Prof. Jens Rolff, I investigated antimicrobial peptides in the immune system of T. molitor and the ability of bacteria to evolve resistances against these substances. I further studied immune responses of T. molitor during infections with the entomopathogenic fungus B. bassiana. I joined PEARG for 6 months in 2017 during my masters to work on the effect of alternative blood sources on Wolbachia infected Aedes aegypti. I gained experience in Mosquito colony maintenance, artificial blood feeding methods as well as DNA analyses. I finished my masters with a specialisation in biodiversity, evolution and ecology in 2019 at the Freie Universität working on immune gene regulation in the gut during metamorphosis in hemi- and holometabolous insects.
Since early 2019 I am back with PEARG as a PhD student, supervised by Prof. Ary Hoffmann and Dr. Nancy Endersby-Harshman working on disease transmitting mosquitoes in Australia.
My current project investigates the role of mosquitoes in the transmission and spread of Mycrobacterium ulecans, which causes a destructive skin and soft tissue known as Buruli ulcer.
Maistrou, S., Paris, V., Jensen, A.B., Rolff, J., Meyling, N.V., Zanchi, C. (2018): A constitutively expressed antifungal peptide protects Tenebrio molitor during a natural infection by the entomopathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana. Developmental and Comparative Immunology 86: 26-33.
Paris, V.*, Cottingham, E.*, Ross, PA., Axford, JK., Hoffmann, AA. (2018): Effects of alternative blood sources on Wolbachia infected Aedes aegypti females within and across generations. Insects 9: 140.
Johnston, P., Paris, V., Rolff, J. (in press): Immune gene regulation in the gut during metamorphosis in a holo- versus a hemi-metabolous insect. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.
*equal first authors
2017: PROMOS scholarship (Program for the mobility of undergraduate and postgraduate students) Funding of internships outside Europe.
2019: Best presentation at the 3rd International Evol Ecol PhD meeting 2019.
2019: Rowden White Scholarship (University of Melbourne).