Nitin Vincent, B.S.
B.S. Ecology, Behavior and Evolution, UCLA 2019
My research interests revolve around Tetrodotoxin (TTX), a potent neurotoxin found in Pufferfish, Blue Ringed Octopus, and most pertinently, Taricha newts. I am interested in the genetic origin and mechanism of resistance to TTX in co-occuring Caddisfly larvae that prey on Taricha eggs, and the distribution of these variations and quantitative traits across the landscape in the Western US and Canada. I am also interested in the pesticide resistance caused by pre-adaptation of resistance to TTX, as well as the microbiomic origin of TTX production in the newts themselves.