Research Team

2021 Research Team

Back: CJ Fellows, D Swale, Brad Keller, Zhilin Li Front: Sarah McComick, Matt Nguyen, Alex SooHoo-Hui, Rui Chen

Dr. Daniel Swale, PI

Associate Professor of Insect Physiology


Hometown: Yorktown, VA

Hobbies: Fishing, Hunting, Triathlons

Science Interests: Ion Channel Pharmacology, neurophysiology, drug resistance




  • B.S., Biological Sciences,  Christopher Newport University, 2008
  • M.S., Entomology, Virginia Tech, 2009
  • Ph.D., 2012 Entomology, University of Florida, 2012
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anesthesiology, Vanderbilt Medical Center, 2014

Current Lab Members – Spring 2019

Zhilin Li, Ph.D. Student


Hometown: Xinxiang, China

Hobbies: Running, Movies

Project: Functional characterization of K+ ion transport pathways in the arthropod salivary gland


Christopher Fellows, Ph.D. Student


Hometown: Jasper, GA

Hobbies: Fishing, Beekeeping

Project: Characterizing the role of K+ ion channels channels in oxidative stress regulation and antiviral immunity in the European Honey Bee, Apis mellifera


Rui Chen, Ph.D. Student

rui chen

Hometown: Nanjing, China

Hobbies: Cooking, 

Project:Characterization of K+ ion channels in the insect nervous systems


Sarah McComic, Ph.D. Student


Hometown: Bossier City, LA

Hobbies: Bowling

Project: Discovery and development of natural product inspired insecticides for control of agricultural insect pests



Matthew Nguyen, Undergraduate Student

Matt nguyen

Hometown: New Orleans, LA

Hobbies: Football, soccer, music, and fishing

Project: Toxicological characterization of isoxazoline and meta-diamide insecticides to the sand fly, Plemotomous pupates


Flinn O’Hara, Masters Student



Hometown: Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Hobbies: Music, Climbing and Snowboarding
Project: Dissecting the functional linkage between K+ ion transport pathways, salivary gland function and phloem feeding on the cotton aphid as a disease vector. 


Former Students

Alexander SooHoo-Hui, Masters Student

Project: Role of K+ ion channels in the feeding biology and dynamics of pathogen transmission in arthropods

Current Position: PhD student at UC – Riverside


Bradley Keller, Undergraduate Student

Project: Toxicity assesment of commercial insecticide formulations against Tabanid flies

Current Position: Agricultural Consulting, Nashville TN