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Benjamin Luttinen

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PhD Candidate




B.S. in Biology, Michigan State University (2018)

Research Interests:

The Burke lab's main interests lie in the host-microbe interactions that occur between insects and viruses. My project revolves around the complex and intertwined relationship between a parasitoid wasp, Microplitis demolitor and its genome-integrated virus, Microplitis demolitor Bracovirus (MdBV). I use a broad range of genetic-based methods with a focus on single-cell sequencing to elucidate the major genetic players involved in the initiation of viral production.

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Dissertation Chair

Assistant Professor in Entomology

External Committee

Rachel Roberts-Galbraith

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