Warren Macdonald, M.Sc.
Warren Macdonald joined the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District in July of 2013. He is working primarily on molecular testing of disease vectors through quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). These tests are an integral part of the disease surveillance program due to their ability to detect West Nile virus in birds and mosquitoes as well as Lyme disease in ticks. Warren is also responsible for maintenance of a laboratory colony of Culex pipiens mosquitoes for use in resistance and efficacy tests. Along with the other vector ecologists, he assists with insect identification, invasive mosquito detection, and tick collecting.
Mr. Macdonald graduated with a Master of Science degree in Entomology in 2013 from the University of California at Riverside where he researched mosquito ovarian development in Aedes aegypti. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in 2008 in biological sciences from the University of California at Irvine.
Mr. Macdonald’s research experience extends beyond his graduate work. Before starting his graduate studies he spent several months in Gamboa, Panama researching genomics and wing scale development of tropical heliconius butterflies. As an undergraduate, his research into the genes behind the determination of wing shape in butterflies led to a first authorship publication. To date he has four published articles, including one in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
Outside of work, Warren enjoys playing the Japanese taiko, and is part of the professional performance ensemble, San Jose Taiko.
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