Paul A Ayayee
My research interest encompasses the fields of Entomology, Microbiology, Ecology and Evolution. Areas of special interest to me at the moment include, insect-microbe symbioses, plant-insect-microbe interactions, the origins, nature and functions of these interactions. I am interested in demonstrating function and showing biological relevance of symbiotic associations in insect-microbial symbioses within an insect-plant (diet)-microbe framework. I use classic molecular and biochemical approaches to investigate in vitro, speculated/proposed microbial functions of relevance to an insect host. I subsequently investigate/confirm this function in situ within the insect host, using functional assays and stable isotope approaches to demonstrate the link between microbial processes and insect physiology/biochemistry.
I recently became interested in adding bioinformatics and metagenome skill sets to my research interests, to characterize the microbial composition and putative function within insect gut communities, as a means to generate hypotheses of function. Furthermore i am expanding my interests in insect physiology and biochemistry through the investigation of metabolic rates and consequences of this for various insect life history straits within a insect-microbe framework.