I am an external Ph.D student. I am interested in the development and construction of the larval cuticle of Drosophila melanogaster. Using genetic and molecular biology methods I focus on elucidating the roles of specific proteins in the cuticle. Using confocal laser microscopy on fluorescent-tagged cuticular proteins allows me to observe protein-protein interactions, protein mislocalisations in respective backgrounds or to assign proteins to particular cuticle layers in vivo, thereby unraveling the mechanisms of molecular stratification of the larval cuticle.
My second project is the cuticle development in the migratory locust.