CEM Student Wins Award

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A female graduate student receives an oversized check for winning an oral presentation. Two men are also in the photo
Krittika Nandy (left) is pictured with Dan Walker and Drew Insch, members of the TVMCA executive board.

Krittika Nandy has won the student oral presentation competition at the Tennessee Mosquito and Vector Control Association (TVMCA) annual meeting. She presented “Anti-vector vaccine candidate subolesin is important for blood feeding and innate immune gene expression in soft ticks.” Subolesin is a conserved molecule in several ticks. This molecule is considered as a candidate for the development of an anti-tick vaccine. The role of subolesin in soft ticks is less explored.

Nandy is a Comparative and Experimental Medicine PhD graduate student graduate student in Dr. Girish Neelakanta’s laboratory in the Department of Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences at UTCVM.

With a focus on education, research, and community outreach, TVMCA joins various individuals working tirelessly to combat arboviral and bacterial vector-borne diseases and protect local communities. The competition was held February 23, 2024 in Nashville, TN.