2014 New Investigator Award

Sponsored by Dow AgroSciences

Lacey JensenDr. Lacey Jenson is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Entomology and Fralin Life Science Institute at Virginia Tech under the supervision of Dr. Troy Anderson. She is leading research studies that focus on the characterization of drug transport proteins and ion channel physiology of insects. Her current research interests also include ion channel pharmacology, insecticide mode of action, cell biology and neurotoxicology. She recently earned a PhD in Entomology and Nematology (2013) from the University of Florida under the advisement of Dr. Jeffrey Bloomquist. Her dissertation research focused on the characterization of insecticide target-site protein expression in hormonally-induced insect cell lines. Dr. Jenson’s previous education includes a Master of Science in Entomology in 2010 from Virginia Tech. Her thesis research was conducted on the development of a hormonally-induced cell assay for the highthroughput screening of existing and experimental insecticides. Lacey has also earned a Pre-Health Professional Bachelor of Science degree with a Minor in Microbiology from Iowa State University in 2007.