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Dr. in Zoology (PhD)
American Fork, Utah


About Fernando OTALORA LUNA:

I am interested in researching and teaching biology, physiology, anatomy, neurology and medical entomology. I focus my interest on teaching and making research with students. Recently, working hand in hand with a multidisciplinary team, we venture into biosemiotics which deals with the language of nature. I have published papers on this topic. 





R E S E A R C H    I N T E R E S T S


Neurophysiology, Entomology & Biosemiotics (Artificial Life - Artificial Intelligence)



E X P E R T I S E     -    Keywords


Ethology, Physiology, Animal Anatomy, Olfaction, Pheromones,

Medical Entomology, Chemical Ecology,

Biospeckle, Optics, Biophysics

Chagas disease, Triatomines,



 A B I L I T I E S


-Demonstrated excellence in scientific writing and data analysis
-Advocating, leading and communicating with broad and diverse audiences (e.g. teaching, team research, etc.)

-Ability to find extramural funds for scientific projects

-Strategic planning and implementation of scientific projects

-Working with multidisciplinary teams of diverse cultural backgrounds




-Researching and teaching sensory ecology, neurobiology, medical entomology, insect physiology, agro-ecology  (organic crops),  applied optics, human behavior & physiology


-Teaching biology, human physiology, and cellular biology to major and non-major students


-Supervising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students


-Leading scientific teams and consolidating inter-institutional relations


-Management of pest insect and vector borne disease control programs (Dengue, Leishmaniasis and Chagas disease) in endemic areas

-Setting up and working with laboratory techniques, i.e. servospheres, olfactometers, electrophysiological stations (GC-EAD, SSR), gas chromatography (GC), mass spectrometry (MS) and other analytical chemistry techniques (extraction and purification of semiochemicals), as well as applied optics techniques (biospeckle) and statistical methods. As well as… experience rearing and maintenance of triatomines, mosquitoes, sand flies, ticks, Diaprepes weevils, Colorado potatoe bettles (CPBs) and other arthropod colonies



  1. Bachelor in Biology. Universidad de Los Andes (September 20th, 1995 – July 19th, 2002)
  2. PhD (Doctor in Zoology). University of Neuchatel (March 3rd, 2003 – June 2nd, 2006)      Teaching Assistant / Laboratory Instructor
  3. I worked as postdoc at the USDA-ARS and at IVIC. 



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