Current Scholar

Austin Compton

PhD Student, Biochemistry
Austin Compton
Academic Institution: Virginia Tech Location: Blacksburg, Virginia Cohort Start Year: 2017
Research Topic: Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Population Served: Urban Communities

FOCUS
Austin is studying mosquito-borne infectious diseases in the context of genetic sex determination in the mosquito vector. He is interested in developing a novel genetics-based approach to controlling mosquito populations by creating a male bias within a mosquito population, which could ultimately lead to a local population crash. Through HPRS, he hopes to engage the public and policy leaders in a dialogue about the potential benefits and risks of new technologies to facilitate the judicious and sustainable control of mosquito-borne infectious diseases.

MORE ABOUT AUSTIN
As he was growing up, Austin’s parents instilled in him the desire to achieve great things, such as completing a college degree and pursuing a fulfilling career. He now believes that the great things to be achieved are those that benefit humanity. Austin wishes to contribute to HPRS by using his biochemistry background to engage in evidence-driven discussions with his peers.

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