Ph.D. Entomology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA B.S. Biology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Research in my lab centers on insect-microbe interactions, with a current focus on those between mosquitoes and their gut microbiota. We integrate field and lab-based experiments with bioinformatic approaches to tease apart the mechanisms by which microbes regulate fundamental processes in their mosquito hosts, from their development and reproduction to their ability to transmit disease-causing agents to humans and other mammals.
Other research topics of interest in my lab include: i) the ecology and evolution of host-associated microbial communities, ii) the interplay between resident and pathogenic microbes, iii) and the mechanisms underlying host-microbe specificity.
Coon, K.L., Valzania, L., Brown, M.R., Strand, M.R. 2020. Predaceous Toxorhynchites mosquitoes require a living gut microbiota to develop. Proc. R. Soc. B. 287(1919):20192705. (Selected for cover)
Raymann, K., Coon, K.L., Shaffer, Z., Salisbury, S., Moran, N.A. 2018. Pathogenicity of Serratia marcescens strains in honey bees. mBio 9(5):e01649-18.
Valzania, L., Martinson, V.E., Harrison, R., Boyd, B., Coon, K.L., Brown, M.R., Strand, M.R. 2018. Both living bacteria and eukaryotes in the mosquito gut promote growth of larvae. PLoS Negl. Trop. Dis. 12(7):e0006638.
Valzania, L., Coon, K.L., Vogel, K.J., Brown, M.R., Strand, M.R. 2018. Hypoxia-induced transcription factor signaling is essential for larval growth of the mosquito Aedes aegypti. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 115(3):457-65.
Coon, K.L., Valzania, L., McKinney, D.A., Vogel, K.J., Brown, M.R., Strand, M. R. 2017. Bacteria-mediated hypoxia functions as a signal for mosquito development. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 114(27):E5362-9.
Coon, K.L., Brown, M.R., Strand, M.R. 2016. Mosquitoes host communities of bacteria that are essential for development but vary greatly between local habitats. Mol. Ecol. 25(22):5806-26.
Coon, K.L., Brown, M.R., Strand, M.R. 2016. Gut bacteria differentially affect egg production in the anautogenous mosquito Aedes aegypti and facultatively autogenous mosquito Aedes atropalpus (Diptera: Culicidae). Parasit. Vectors 9(1):375.
Coon, K.L., Vogel, K.J., Brown, M.R., Strand, M.R. 2014. Mosquitoes rely on their gut microbiota for development. Mol. Ecol. 23(11):2727-39.
Book Chapters & Reviews
Coon, K.L., Strand, M.R. In press. Gut microbiome assembly and function in mosquitoes. In J.M. Drake, M. Bonsall, M.R. Strand (Eds.), Current Topics in the Population Biology of Infectious Diseases. Oxford University Press, New York, NY USA.
Vogel, K.J., Coon, K.L. 2020. Functions and mechanisms of symbionts of insect disease vectors. In K.M. Oliver, J.A. Russell (Eds.), Advances in Insect Physiology, Volume 58: Mechanisms Underlying Microbial Symbiosis, pp. 233-75. Academic Press, Cambridge, MA USA.