Native American Twins at OSU to Research Insect- Related Diseases

(STILLWATER, Okla., Oct. 2, 2017) – Twins Taylor and Alexis Coles, Oklahoma State University entomology freshmen from Norman, have done everything together from day one. Now, their joint interest in the study of insects will take them on an adventure that could help improve the health of their fellow tribal nation members.

Thanks to a grant to the Center for Sovereign Nations at OSU, the pair will join Dr. Wyatt Hoback in a research program that is exploring reasons Native Americans suffer twice the rate of certain insectrelated diseases, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, than non-natives.

Taylor and Alexis, who are members of the Choctaw Nation, are two of six Native American students who have received research funding from the grant, which partners the center, the Choctaw Nation and the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at OSU.


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