|Title||Graduate Student (PhD)|
I am working on an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP) project as a graduate student at Michigan State University in Doug Landis' lab. I am interested in the role that insects play in natural habitats. In my research, I am looking at how natural enemies impact aphids, in particular, those transmitting virus diseases on cereals crops. I’m pondering if natural enemies help to control the aphids and if they also have an influence on the aphids that run from them and transmit the virus more. My main goal is to gain experience and after graduation from MSU, improve IPM, especially biological control, in my home country of Tajikistan.
I was born in the highest mountain region of Tajikistan in Badakshan. This region has a lot endemic flora and fauna, and has a lot of very special natural features. Since my childhood, I’ve been interested in nature. My father was an agronomist who led me to my interest in my career. I have started my career to work with him in a department of environmental protection.
Aside from my research, I like to watch soccer and figure skating, run in the morning, dance, cook, and hang out with my friends.