Clément Vinauger

Principal Investigator

Clément started working on disease vectors in France where he obtained his Master's Degree and a PhD degree in the lab of Prof. Claudio Lazzari, at the University of Tours (IRBI), and collaborating with Prof. Marcos Pereira, at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Belo Horizonte, Brasil). Clément then moved to Seattle, WA (USA) for a Postdoc in the Riffell Lab at the University of Washington.  Clément joined the Department of Biochemistry at Virginia Tech in October 2017 to start his laboratory.


Diane Eilerts

Graduate Student

Diane obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Chico, where she double majored in Biochemistry and in Cellular and Molecular Biology and minored in Math. Diane further pursued her interest in biochemical research and obtained a Master’s Degree in Chemistry from San Jose State University. Here she worked under the advisement of Prof. Alberto A. Rascón, Jr. to complete her thesis project, in which she worked to characterize two Aedes aegypti midgut serine proteases (AaSPII and AaSPIV). 

Karthikeyan Chandrasegaran

Postdoctoral Researcher

Karthikeyan has a bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology and pursued his PhD in Evolutionary Ecology at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), India where he began working on mosquitoes under the mentorship of Drs. Suhel Quader and Sanjay P Sane. As a graduate student, Karthikeyan also worked with Prof. Kavita Isvaran at the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), India, and with Prof. Steven A Juliano at the Illinois State University as a Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellow. In the Vinauger Lab, Karthikeyan employs a multidisciplinary approach to study the neuro-ecology of mosquitoes.


Nicole Wynne

Graduate Student

Nicole is originally from Marcellus, New York and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania. In the Vinauger lab, Nicole studies the sensory and behavioral mechanisms underlying vector-host interactions in mosquitoes. Outside of lab she enjoys playing sports, traveling, and watching her favorite football team, the Philadelphia Eagles.

Morgen VanderGiessen

Graduate Student

After 2 years of work in the lab as an undergraduate researcher, Morgen is now a Master's student in our Biochemistry program and will continue her work on mosquito chemical ecology. She has previous research experience working with mouse-models to improve treatment methods of metabolic and autoimmune diseases at Bio Therapeutics Inc. located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.

After developing a passion for epidemic disease research, she began working in our group exploring interdisciplinary aspects of vector-borne diseases. 


Christopher Bonnilla

Undergraduate Student

Christopher is currently a senior at Virginia Tech working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Microbiology with a minor in Chemistry. Before becoming a student at Virginia Tech, he discovered an interest in human genetics and decided to follow this interest in college.  After graduation, Christopher has plans to attend grad school and obtain a Master's Degree in Genetic Counseling in order to further pursue his passion for human genetics. 

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Olivia Evans

Undergraduate Student

Olivia is a Sophomore Undergraduate student at Virginia Tech, and recently joined the lab to study the circadian regulation of mosquito host-seeking behavior.

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This could be you!

Future lab member

The Vinauger lab is always interested in discussing with highly motivated undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral researchers from various majors (Biochemistry, Entomology, Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience). If you are fascinated with disease vector insects' behavior, physiology, chemical ecology or neurobiology don't hesitate to contact us. Beyond an interest for disease vector insects, the lab is looking for people that are excited by and committed to collaborative, integrative and interdisciplinary approaches.


Elizabeth Bose


Chase Hedrick


Kyera Broxton


Gretchen Pickerel

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Luca Tognelli