- Bachelor of Science (BS), University of Zagreb, 2010
- Master of Science (MS), University of Zagreb, 2014
About Blanka Tesla
I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a master’s degree in Experimental biology from the University of Zagreb, Croatia. During my last year, I received a European Commission scholarship within the Erasmus Program to conduct my master's thesis project at the University of Potsdam, Germany. I am now a PhD candidate at the Department of Infectious Diseases in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia.
I study mosquito-borne viruses, with an emphasis on Zika virus. I am interested in the interactions between the virus and mosquito vector, and how changes in environmental temperature affect their interaction and ultimately disease transmission. By exploring the system both in vitro and in vivo, I hope to gain a better understanding of the key mechanisms behind temperature-induced changes in arboviral transmission.