Bridget Wille-DeLay

  • Bridget DeLay
  • Position: Ph.D. candidate, Entomology
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  • Office: 4135 Plant Science

Research Interests

My research is focused on determining the identity of bacterial symbionts present in the Potato Leafhopper. I am currently searching for symbionts in the leafhopper's salivary glands, with the goal of finding out what role, if any, bacterial byproducts play in hopperburn.


  • 2007 to Present
  • University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-4454
  • Ph.D. Program, Entomology
  • M.S. 2007
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
  • Major: Crop Science
  • Specialty: Plant Pathology
  • B.S. 2004
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
  • Major: Entomology


  • Wille, B.D. and G.L. Hartman. 2009. Two species of symbiotic bacteria present in the soybean aphid (Hemiptera: Aphididae). Environ. Entomol. 38(1):110-5.
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  • Wille, B.D. and G.L. Hartman. 2008. Evaluation of artificial diets for rearing Aphis glycines (Hemiptera: Aphididae). J. Econ. Entomol. 101(4):1228-32.
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  • Poster Presentation: Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting, 2007
  • Coexistence of two species of symbiotic bacteria in the soybean aphid, Aphis glycines

Awards and Recognition

  • 2007-2008 Teaching Achievement Award, Department of Entomology, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Entomological Society of America President's Prize, First Place (Display Presentation), Entomological Society of America, Annual Meeting: Session B2 (Physiology, Biochemistry, Toxicology and Molecular Biology) 2007


  • Teaching Assistant, BSCI 222 Principles of Genetics, Fall 2008 - present
  • Teaching Assistant, BSCI 207 Organismal Biology, Fall 2007- Spring 2008