Farkhanda Manzoor

Farkhanda Manzoor
Faculty Member
prof
Lahore college for women university, Lahore
LAHORE, PUNJAB Pakistan
doc_farkhanda@yahoo.com
CV

Areas of Expertise:
urban entomology

Research Organisms:
Termite, Mosquito, cockroach, butterfly

 

Research Focus:

She is known for her research on Taxonomy, biology and integrated management (control) of urban insect pests such as termites, mosquitoes, cockroaches, ants etc. She has introduced termite baiting in Pakistan and has been working with resistance to insecticides against mosquitoes, cockroaches and flies.

Kevin Deem

Kevin Deem
Graduate Student
Mr.
Miami University
Oxford, Ohio United States
deemkd@miamioh.edu

Areas of Expertise:
Molecular biology, bioinformatics, evolutionary developmental biology

Research Organisms:
Tribolium castaneum, Drosophila melanogaster

 

Research Focus:

Because of a large gap in the fossil record, a debate on the origin of insect wings has roared on for more than 200 years between two competing hypotheses: tergal or pleural origin. Recent molecular evidence has provided support for a dual-origin of insect wings. I aim to investigate the contribution of two distinct wing serial homologs to ectopic wing formation in the red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum, to further inform the dual-origin hypothesis of insect wings.

Tribolium castaneum is an emerging model system which has been shown to bare two distinct wing serial homologs on the wingless first thoracic segment (T1), one tergal and one pleural, maintained in the ancestral state by the Hox gene Sex combs reduced (Scr). Partial disruption of Scr function reveals that both of these distinct wing serial homologs contribute to the formation of the ectopic wing that subsequently develops on T1. I utilized FAIRE-seq to chemically isolate and sequence potential enhancers for the wing master gene Vg in Tribolium, an inter-species reporter assay system to screen them for wing activity in Drosophila, and then transfect active enhancer-reporter constructs back into Tribolium. Utilizing Vg enhancer activity to mark the cell populations that develop into these plesiomorphic tergal and pleural wing serial homologs, I aim to visualize their merger during ectopic wing formation under Scr disruption to further inform the dual-origin hypothesis of insect wings.

Kostas Mathiopoulos

Kostas Mathiopoulos
Faculty Member
Professor, Department Chair
University of Thessaly
Larissa, Larissa Greece
kmathiop@bio.uth.gr

Areas of Expertise:
Insect molecular biology and genomics

Research Organisms:
medfly, olive fly, mosquitoes

 

Research Focus:

Molecular biology and genomics of economically important pests, particularly Tephritids. Focus on olfactory and reproductive systems. Study of the structure, function and evolution of the Y chromosome.

Maciej Maselko

Maciej Maselko
Postdoctoral Student
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN USA
mmaselko@umn.edu

Areas of Expertise:
Molecular Biology

Research Organisms:
Insects, plants, fish, and yeast

 

Research Focus:

I am developing Synthetic Incompatibility; an approach for engineering species-like barriers in sexually reproductive organisms. Synthetic Incompatibility has applications for transgene biocontainment in plants engineered to produce high-value compounds and for controlling pest species such as mosquitoes and invasive fish.

Lucia Proietti

Lucia Proietti
Postdoctoral Student
Central University of Venezuela
Hialeah, Florida USA
proietti.dempaire@gmail.com
CV

Areas of Expertise:
Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Parasitology, Protein

Research Organisms:
Trypanosoma brucei, evansi, vivax. Human erythrocytes, lumbricus terrestris

 

Research Focus:

In my bachelor degree ( from Central University of Venezuela): I worked with Trypanosoma evansi and then I got some ability in trypanosomes diagnosis by PCR and supported the experiments about recombinant protein between T vivax cysteine protease and HSP70.

In my PhD (from Ferrara University, Italy): I worked with T brucei 6PGDH. I studied:

– Oligomerization state by different biochemical techniques
The binding characterization by microcalorimetry.

My first and last postdoctoral position (Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research (IVIC) Department of Structural Biology): I worked with muscle protein and I got some experience in mass spectrometry.

Isabella Schember

Isabella Schember
Graduate Student
University at Buffalo-SUNY
Buffalo, NY USA
ilschemb@buffalo.edu

Areas of Expertise:
regulatory genomics, gene regulatory networks

Research Organisms:
Drosophila, Aedes aegypti, Anopheles gambiae

 

Research Focus:

I am currently a PhD candidate and I am interested in studying gene regulatory network evolution and regulatory genomics of various insects.

Gonse Marius Zoh

Gonse Marius Zoh
Faculty Member
PhD student, Medical entomogist CNRS
Université de Grenoble, France
Grenoble, Rhones-Alpes FRANCE
zgonse@gmail.com

Areas of Expertise:
Rna-seq using, bio-informatics

Research Organisms:
Anopheles gambiae

 

Research Focus:

Mechanisms involved in the resistance of Anopheles gambiae to a new formulation of the insecticidal fusion of pyrethroids and neonicotinoids

chithravel vadivalagan

chithravel vadivalagan
Postdoctoral Student
Molecular Entomology, Pest and Parasites Insects
Bharathiar University
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu India
Website
marinedrug.9@gmail.com
CV

Areas of Expertise:
DNA Barcoding, Molecular Evolution, CRISPR genedrive in Insect System

Research Organisms:
Insect Pest and Parasite

 

Research Focus:

My field of interest includes Molecular Ecology, Evolutionary genetics of vector born diseases and their potential vectors control by using biosynthesized Nanoparticles. I am much interested in Genomics of pest, parasites and novel haplotype variations for adaptive radiation of vector born diseases

Dr Jagdish Jaba

Dr Jagdish Jaba
Faculty Member
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics(ICRISAT), Hyderabad, Telangana, Inida
HYDERABAD, Telangana India
Website
jaba.jagdish@gmail.com
CV

Areas of Expertise:
Host Plant Resistance, IPM

Research Organisms:
Pod borer Helicoverpa armigera, stem borer chilo partellus, Maruca vitrata

 

Research Focus:

Host Plant Resistance, Insect biochemistry, Biocontrol and IPM

LI TIAN

LI TIAN
Postdoctoral Student
Ph.D
Penn State University
University Park, PA United States
Website
lzt22@psu.edu

Areas of Expertise:
Evodevo, Social insects, RNAi, quantitative RealTime PCR, gene cloning, RNA insitu

Research Organisms:
Bumblebee

 

Research Focus:

Evolutionary developmental biology of mimetic coloration in bumblebee