Anna (Rodriguez) Briggs

Anna Rodriguez Briggs

PhD in Entomology 2022, University of Idaho

I graduated in 2016 from the University of Idaho, with a Bachelor of Science in Animal and Veterinary Science with minors in Microbiology and Spanish. During this time, I participated in the Undergraduate Biology and Mathematics research program working with Dr. Steven Krone, to model bacterial interactions. I also had the opportunity to participate in the Research Experience for Undergraduates program, where I worked with Dr. Tanya Miura to understand and model respiratory viral co-infection.

I completed my Master of Science at the University of Idaho in Animal Science in 2018. I worked on understanding chromosomes during meiotic recombination in spermatocytes of ruminant livestock species.

I have been interested in studying host-pathogen interactions and disease transmission. Specifically, my dissertation research has been focused on the effects of blood levels of biogenic amines altered in malaria on anopheline mosquito biology and transmission of malaria parasites following ingestion by mosquitoes. I’m planning to graduate in May 2022 and will start my Idaho Science and Technology Fellowship to apply my training in science and public service to policy issues in support of the state of Idaho. 

  • Idaho Science & Technology Policy Fellow, Legislative Services Office, State of Idaho Legislature, Boise, ID.