Alison Gerken, Ph.D.

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Alison Gerken is a postdoctoral research assoicate with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. She works in the Stored Product Insect and Engineering Research Unit in Manhattan, KS and her research is focused on the genetics of sensory systems and behavior in stored product insect pests. She received her B.S. and M.S. from the University of South Dakota where she studied aggressive behavior in stalk-eyed flies. Alison received her Ph.D. at Kansas State University where she studied the quantitative genetics of cold tolerance using Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism. She spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Florida until moving back to Manhattan, KS to work at her current position. She has served as an NSF GK-12 resident scientist and on the Communication and Outreach Subcommittee with the Early Career Committee of the Genetics Society of America and is an active member of the Entomological Society of America and Ecological Society of America.


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