Carolyn (Lindy) McBride

Carolyn (Lindy) McBride Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Email: csm7 at princeton dot edu

Lindy received her B.A. from Williams College in 1998 and then sought additional research and life experience as a field assistant in the upper Amazon of Peru, an independent Fulbright Fellow in Tanzania, and an Outward Bound canoe instructor in northern Minnesota. She received her Ph.D. in Population Biology from the University of California at Davis in 2008 under the mentorship of Drs. Michael Turelli and Sergey Nuzhdin and then conducted postdoctoral research in neurogenetics and behavior with Dr. Leslie Vosshall at The Rockefeller University. She started her own lab at Princeton in 2014, where she holds a joint position in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.  Lindy is broadly interested in the genomic, molecular, and neural basis of behavioral evolution.

Yuki Haba

Graduate student
Email: yhaba at princeton dot edu
Yuki is a graduate student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He is interested in curious questions regarding why and how behavior evolves such as: How has evolution shaped the complexity and diversity of behavior we see today? Are there any general principles of the genetics and neurobiology underlying behavioral evolution? Before Princeton, he completed his BS at University of Tokyo (2015) and MA at Columbia University (2017). When not at work, he is probably playing soccer, listening to jazz, or eating ramen.


Luke Henry

Graduate student
Email: lhenry at princeton dot edu
Luke received his BA in biology and BM in bassoon performance from Bard College. As an undergraduate, he worked with Dr. Felicia Keesing on the ecology of Lyme disease. Following graduation, as a technician at the University of Virginia with Dr. Ben Blackman, he investigated adaptation to photoperiod in sunflowers. He received his MS in Biology from Indiana University in Summer 2016, working with Drs. Keith Clay and Irene Newton on the maintenance and ecology of maternal transmission in DrosophilaWolbachia symbiosis. He’s broadly interested in understanding how species interactions constrain or facilitate adaptation to novel environments, particularly between hosts and disease vectors.

Alexandra Hohmann ’19

Undergraduate student
Email: ahohmann at princeton dot edu
Alexandra Hohmann is an undergraduate in the Neuroscience Department completing her thesis research in the McBride Lab. She is investigating the antennal lobes of two forms of the mosquito Culex pipiens to understand their difference in host preference. Alexandra is from New York City and enjoys baking cookies and reading books about medical history.

Nnenna Ibe ’19

Undergraduate student
Email: nibe at princeton dot edu


Alexis Kriete

Lab manager/technician
Email: akriete at princeton dot edu
Alexis graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. As an undergraduate, she worked with a diverse group of insects, including ants, crickets, and ladybugs, and she is excited to study mosquitoes in the McBride Lab. Her research interests include behavioral evolution, evolutionary theory, and ecological modeling. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and blogging.


Hillery Metz Ph.D.

Email: hmetz at princeton dot edu
Hillery recently completed her PhD in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, where she worked in Hopi Hoesktra’s lab at Harvard and studied the genetics and evolution of burrowing behavior in Peromyscus rodents. Before graduate school, she earned a BS from the University of Idaho, where she studied working memory in lab mice, and also investigated the developmental genetics of neurons under Dr. Susan Wray as a post-bac at the NIH. Hillery is broadly interested in animal diversity and evolution, especially with regard to mechanisms of behavior. Outside of the lab, she is often meeting mosquitoes while camping, hiking, and riding bikes.

Alexandra Miller ’19

Undergraduate student
Email: akm4 at princeton dot edu
Alex is an undergraduate student in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and is also pursuing a certificate in Global Health and Health Policy. She is interested in the intersection of infectious disease ecology, public health, and health policy. In the lab, she is studying egg-hatching cues in generalist and anthropophilic subspecies of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.

Monica Nadeau

Undergraduate student
Email: monicavnadeau at gwmail dot gwu dot edu
Monica is participating in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. She is currently studying the role of wing beat frequency in mosquito courtship behaviors. She attends George Washington University where she studies autism and neurodevelopmental disorders in the lab of Dr. Gregory Wallace. Monica has a broad interest in behavior and cognition, and, in particular, she wants to further explore the field of social communication. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the theater, reading, and traveling.

Noah Rose Ph.D.

Email: noahr at princeton dot edu
Noah completed his BS in Computational Biology at Brown University, where he worked with Douglass Morse, studying the natural history and ecology of parasitoid wasps. He carried out his PhD work in Biology in Stephen Palumbi’s lab at Stanford University, where he studied the genomic responses of marine invertebrates to environmental variation and change. In his postdoctoral research, Noah is studying the genomic basis of mosquito population variation in host preference, and the distribution of this variation in natural, rural, and urban habitats. He is interested in understanding the ways that contemporary evolutionary processes shape population responses to environmental change, in contexts ranging from conservation to public health.

David Tian

Research Technician
Email: david dot tian at princeton dot edu
David graduated from Swarthmore College in 2017 with a BA in Biology. As an undergraduate, he studied the evolution of social networks in forked fungus beetles with Vince Formica along with the genetic basis of Heliconius wing pattern coloration with Owen McMillan. David is broadly interested in the genomic basis of adaptation and speciation as well as using CRISPR/Cas9 mutagenesis to functionally characterize genes.

Zhilei Zhao

Graduate student
Email: zhileiz at princeton dot edu
Zhilei is a graduate student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He is interested in evolutionary genetics and population genetics. Having been attacked by mosquitoes for more than 20 years, he finally decides to fight back by studying why he is so attractive to these dangerous insects. “Know the enemy and know yourself, and you can fight a hundred Battles without defeat.”


Jessica Zung

Graduate student
Email: jessica dot zung at princeton dot edu
Jessica is a graduate student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. During her undergrad at the University of Toronto, she explored research areas as diverse as pollination biology, plant genomics, and neural-network simulations. In her graduate work, Jessica is interested in studying the evolution of behaviour, particularly its neural and genetic mechanisms.


Former Members

Meredith Mihalopoulos ’18

Meredith is a former undergraduate from the class of 2018. She completed her senior thesis in the lab investigating preference of forest and domestic Aedes aegypti mosquitoes for the odor of individual humans.

Andrew Salmons ’18

Andrew is a former undergraduate student from the class of 2018. He completed his senior thesis in the lab studying morphological changes in the antennal lobes of forest and domestic Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.


Philomina Kane ’17

Philomina is a former undergraduate from the class of 2017. She completed her senior thesis in the lab – carrying out the first characterization of morphology and behavior of Ghanaian populations of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.

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Mo Kouassi-Brou ’17

Mo is a former undergraduate from the class of 2017. She completed her senior thesis on the effects of larval crowding on female oviposition choices in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.


Julia Langer ’16

Julia is a former undergraduate from the class of 2016, who concentrated in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with a certificate in Global Health and Health Policy. She completed her senior thesis in the lab on sequence evolution of the odorant receptor Or4.

PhotoMcBrideLabPria Louka ’19

Pria is an undergraduate student at Princeton University interested in exploring the interface between neuroscience and evolutionary biology.

Photo_MaguireSarah Maguire Ph.D.

Sarah is a former postdoc from the lab, broadly interested in the biological basis of behavior – especially through neurogenetic and evolutionary perspectives.