University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY United States
Areas of Expertise:
RNA interference/insect physiology
Colorado potato beetles, spodoptera
RNA interference (RNAi) is a useful reverse genetic tools for investigating the gene function. Moreover, RNAi also has potential practical applications in many fields including medicine and agriculture.
The variability in RNAi efficacy among insect species limits the range of its application.
I am trying to understand the mechanism of RNA interference in insects to facilitate the use of RNAi to control pests. I study coleopteran insects to understand how/why RNAi works well as successful RNAi models and lepidopteran insects to investigate the barriers for efficient RNAi.