Participants

Participation in the Insect Genetic Technologies Research Coordination Network is open to students (undergraduate and graduate), postdoctoral researchers, technical and scientific staff and independent investigators with an interest in insect science, genomics and genetic technologies. Knowledge of and/or expertise with insect genetic technologies is not required to participate in this network. In fact, those without specific knowledge of insect genetic technologies are especially encouraged to participate so that a broader understanding and application of these technologies can be developed.

As a participant you will be able to fully interact and access the resources on this site. You will be able to find experts interested in technologies or insect systems you are interested in, find consultants or collaborators and submit content to this site in the form of ‘posts’ to Technology Topics, Knowledgebase, Network Announcements and Activities.


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Participant Contact Research Focus
Richard Baxter
Assistant Professor
Chemistry
Yale University
New Haven CT USA
richard.baxter@yale.edu
Baxterlab
Current research within my laboratory includes the innate immune system of insect disease vectors, inhibitors of insect transglutaminases, and structural approaches for the design of novel peptide scaffolds and catalysts.
Wiem BEN AMARA
Biology
Faculty of Sciences of Tunis, University of Tunis El Manar
Tunis El Manar Tunisia
wiem.benamara7@gmail.com
Unité de recherche de génomique des insectes ravageurs des cultures
study of transposable elements in insects
Sanjay Basu
CV
Arthropod Genetics
The Pirbright Institute
Woking Surrey UK
sanjay.basu@pirbright.ac.uk

Aedes aegypti, Anopheles gambiae, Culex quinquefasciatus, transgenesis, gene-editing, gene drive, refractory transgenes, site-specific integration, RMCE, transposons, HDR/NHEJ, virology, underdominance, molecular biology
Jovana Bozic
PhD
School of Biosciences and Veterinary Medicine
University of Camerino
Camerino Macerata Italy
jovana.bozic@unicam.it
Parasitology and Sanitary Entomology
Yeast symbionts of malaria vectors: manipulation of symbionts that can express anti-pathogen molecules within the host (paratransgenesis).
Anna Buchman
Project Scientist
Department of Entomology
UC Riverside
Riverside CA USA
annabuch@ucr.edu
Akbari Lab
I am currently working to develop replacement and suppression gene drive systems in fruit flies and mosquitoes.
Nahid Borhani Dizaji
Post doc fellow
molecular microbiology and immunology
Johns Hopkins University , School of public health
Baltimore MD United States
nborhan1@jhu.edu

my focus interest is on different aspects of vector biology like mosquito-pathogen interactions and dissection of mosquito immunity to Plasmodium and dengue virus infection with emphasis on developing novel strategies against mosquito born disease vectors. As a current post doc fellow I am working on generating of transgenic mosquitoes.
Heath Blackmon
Postdoctoral associate
College of Biological Sciences
University of Minnesota
saint paul MN United States
coleoguy@gmail.com

I am interested in chromosome evolution, specifically, sex chromosome and chromosome number evolution. To address these topics, I use a broad range of approaches including theoretical population genetics, applied phylogenetics, and bioinformatics.
Elizabeth Brandt
Entomology
University of Maryland
Potomac MD USA
brandte13@gmail.com

Metabolic detox pathways of insects
Mateus Berni
Institute of Biomedical Sciences
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro RJ Brazil
mateusberni@yahoo.com.br
Laboratório de Biologia Molecular do Desenvolvimento
Developmental Biology in Rhodnius prolixus
pradeep bhongale
AGROCHEMICALS AND PEST MANAGMENT
SHIVAJI UNIVERSITY. KOLHAPUR
KOLHAPUR MAHARASTRA INDIA
pradeepbhongale1993@gmail.com

DNA BARCODING FOR PEST IDENTIFICATION AND MANAGEMENT
Janneke Bloem
Laboratory of Entomology
Wageningen University The Netherlands
Wageningen x Netherlands
janneke.bloem@wur.nl

Entomology
John Beckmann
Dr.
CV
Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
Yale University
New Haven Connecticut USA
john.beckmann@yale.edu

I study the molecular mechanism of Wolbachia induced cytoplasmic incompatibility in insects. With respect to this I seek to develop transgenes that will be effective genetic units for induction of sterility and application of the sterile insect technique.
Ma.Anita Bautista
Dr.
CV
Functional Genomics Laboratory
National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Quezon City National Capital Region Philippines
mambautista69@gmail.com
Functional Genomics
I currently handle research projects involving transcriptome and genome analyses of termites and selected insect pests of coconut and rice, an insect parasitoid, stingless bees, plant pathogens, and Philippine coconut varieties.
Thais Rodrigues
PhD
CV
Entomology
University of Kentucky
Lexington KY United States
thaisbarros.bio@gmail.com

RNAi technology applied to pest management
Philipp Brand
MSc
CV
Department of Evolution and Ecology
University of California, Davis
Davis CA USA
pbrand@ucdavis.edu
Ramirez Lab
I am an evolutionary biologist interested in the evolution of insect chemosensory systems and its impact on speciation processes. I am currently working with Santiago Ramirez at the Center for Population Biology at UC Davis as a PhD candidate in the PopBio Graduate Group (Cohort of 2013/2014). My research focuses on the evolution of chemical communication systems in the charismatic group of orchid bees. By integrating molecular genomic, chemical and functional neurophysiological analyses in a population biological framework, I am studying how pheromone communication systems evolve.
Ulrich Beckers
Dr.
currently not a university employee
currently not a university employee
Gütersloh NRW F. R. Germany
ulrich.beckers@web.de

I am an neuroscientist interested in coding and signal transmission. I work on cellualar level mostly using electrophysiological methods. I want to evaluate genetic methods for my research projects. Primarily I want to learn more about CRIPR/CAS9. I may also look for potential collaborations (am planning to apply for a grant).
Jennifer Baltzegar
NSF IGERT Fellow in Genetic Engineering and Society
CV
Department of Biological Sciences
North Carolina State University
Raleigh North Carolina United States
jen_baltzegar@ncsu.edu
Gould Lab
I am broadly interested in studying the differences between populations and species via mechanisms of evolution and impacts of population change. I am particularly interested in studying the impacts genetic engineering technologies have on natural populations.
Anna Katrina Briley
LRRI Contractor for U.S. Navy
Navy Entomology Center of Excellence/ University of Florida
Jacksonville Florida US
annakatrinabriley@gmail.com

Testing and Evaluation of novel pesticide products and equipment for military use.
Alexandros Belavilas-Trovas
Department of Biochemistry & Biotechnology
University of Thessaly
Larissa Thessaly Greece
alexbelavilas@hotmail.com
Molecular biology & genomics-Mathiopoulos lab
The analysis of genes involved in the sexual behaviour of the olive fruit fly, Bactrocera oleae. Our purpose is the use of these data for the improvement of the SIT approaches or other innovative pest control strategies
William Bart Bryant
Research Assistant Professor
Division of Biology
Kansas State University
Manhattan Ks usa
wbb@ksu.edu
Kristin Michel Lab
Currently my research in the Kristin Michel lab focuses on studying the interplay between fecundity and immunity in the malaria vector mosquito.
Hasan Basibuyuk
Dr
Biology
Cumhuriyet University
Sivas Central Anatolia Turkey
hbbuyuk@cumhuriyet.edu.tr
CUMSAG
My main research areas include higher-level phylogeny, functional morphology, and systematics of Hymenoptera. I am interested in phylogeny and taxonomy of Turkish sawflies, in particularly stem borers (Cephidae), and also molecular systematics, evolution, phylogeny and phylogeography of Anatolian biodiversity. My ongoing research projects are on the evolution of mitochondrial genome in Hymenoptera (mostly sawflies) and utility of COI and ITS2 in barcoding of holo-and hemimetabolous insects.
sarah boyd
AWP
AWP
beacon NY United States
sarah.hoover.boyd@gmail.com
AWP
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Bryony Bonning
Director, NSF I/UCRC
Department of Entomology
Florida State University
Gainesville Florida USA
bbonning@ufl.edu
Insect Management Technology
Molecular interactions between viruses and insects, and between microbe-derived insect toxins and their receptors. Fundamental knowledge of these interactions is then used to optimize current insect pest management strategies and to develop novel environmentally benign solutions.
Hua Bai
Investigator
CV
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Brown University
Providence RI USA
hua_bai@brown.edu

Neuroendocrine regulation of insect development, reproduction, metabolism and aging
Robert Brucker
Rowland Junior Fellow
FAS - Rowland Institute
Harvard University
Cambridge MA USA
bruckerlab@gmail.com
Brucker lab
Microbe-host-envoronment interactions and evolution.
Gary Blissard
Professor
Boyce Thompson Institute
Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University
Ithaca NY USA
gwb1@cornell.edu
Blissard Lab
Our lab focuses on virus-insect interactions with a particular emphasis on baculoviruses and other viruses that interact with the midgut of insects. We are especially interested in polarized transport within midgut cells, and the cellular responses (at the transcriptome level) to viral infection.
Raman Bansal
Research Scientist
Agriculture
Ohio State University
Wooster OH USA
bansal.67@osu.edu

Molecular Biology
Michelle Brown
Vice President & Chief Scientist
R & D
Olfactor Laboratories Inc
Riverside California United States
mbrown@olfactorlabs.com

Olfactor Laboratories, Inc. (OLI) is designing and developing innovative products that can be part of the world-wide strategy to significantly reduce diseases spread by insects and lower the general nuisance caused by their proximity to humans. Our initial research is focused on mosquitos as they are a major cause of the spread of many debilitating and potentially lethal diseases around the world. By using safe chemicals to disrupt the insect’s olfactory system (the primary mechanism used in locating a human or other animal to use as a source of a blood-meal), OLI’s efficient and cost-effective products will seek to protect humans
Julia Bristow
Biological Sciences
Syngeta
Bracknell Berkshire England
Julia.Bristow@syngenta.com

Molecular Biology and Genetics
Komal kumar Bollepogu Raja
student
Biochemistry and Molecular biology
Michigan Technological University
Houghton Michigan USA
kbollepo@mtu.edu

Studying complex color patterns in new model organisms
Jonathan Bobek
School of Life Sciences
Arizona State University
Tempe Arizona United States
jonathan.bobek@asu.edu
Gro Amdam Lab
I am interested in the genetic underpinnings of behavior and physiology in the honeybee, Apis Mellifera. Previously I have studied artificial flower color choice of free-flying honeybee foragers, examining relative expression through microarray. I am currently examining gene candidates which may be involved in the transition from nurse to forager roles.
Daniel Bopp
Dr
Institute of Molecular Life Sciences
University of Zurich
Zurich Zurich Switzerland
daniel.bopp@imls.uzh.ch
Evolution of sex determination pathways
We are studying the evolution of sex determining pathways by comparing the pathway in Drosophila melanogaster to those of the housefly Musca domestica and the red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum. We find that the genes at the end of the Drosophila pathway, doublesex and its direct regulators, transformer and transformer2 are highly conserved and probably part of an ancient module that controls sexual differentiation in holometabolous insects . In contrast, genes upstream at the signaling end of the cascade have largely diverged between the different insect species. We are presently analysing the structure and function of such regulatory genes
Vassiliki Bariami
Dr.
CV
Bioresources Project-Group
Justus Liebig University
Giessen Hessen Germany
vassiliki.bariami@ime.fraunhofer.de
Risk Assessment of Transgenics
In my early scientific pursuits my main focus has been the unveiling of genes and pathways implicated in insect and more specifically, mosquito insecticide resistance establishment. Having seen first hand that resistance development is rapidly undermining mosquito control efforts my research interest and focus have shifted towards the development of eco- friendly transgene based tools for mosquito management .
Kristen Brochu
Entomology
Cornell University
Ithaca NY USA
kb532@cornell.edu

I study the digestive adaptations involved in specialist vs. generalist bee diet preferences.
Mark Blaxter
Professor
Institute of Evolutionary biology
University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh Scotland UK
mark.blaxter@ed.ac.uk
Nematode and neglected genomics
The Blaxter nematode and neglected genomics lab uses genomics approaches, based on next-gen sequencing, to assemble, annotate and interpret the genomes of target species. While our main focus is on parasitic members of the Nematoda (we are involved in projects to understand the evolutionary genomic origins of parasitism, and collaborate with a wide range of biologists developing new drugs and vaccines for human and animal diseases), we also study free-living nematodes, nematomorphs, tardigrades, onychophorans, obscure and not so obscure arthropods... and some token lophotrochozoans, such as snails and earthworms. A second research focus in on bacterial symbionts of animals, particularly
Philip Batterham
Professor
Genetics Dept/Bio21 Institute
University of Melbourne
Parkville Victoria Australia
p.batterham@unimelb.edu.au
Systems biology of the insect:insecticide interface
There are three areas of research in my lab:- 1. The biology of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors that are targeted by insecticides including neonicotinoids and spinosyns. 2. The systems biology of neonicotinoid metabolism and transport combining genetic and metabolomic approaches. 3. Pest insect genomics. Specifically we work on the flesh fly, Lucilia cuprina, and the moth, Helicoverpa armigera. Much of our research is conducted in the model insect Drosophila melanogaster, however we do bioassay the function of pest genes expressed in this species.
Martin Beye
Professor
Institute of Evolutionary Genetics
Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf
Duesseldorf NRW Germany
martin.beye@hhu.de
Honeybee genetics, evolutionary genetics
We would like to understand the genetic basis of sex determination and social behaviors in honeybees. We have developed a method to generate high frequency integrations of the piggyBac Transposon in the honeybee
John Belote
Professor
Biology Department
Syracuse University
Syracuse NY USA
jbelote@syr.edu
Belote Lab
In collaboration with the Scott Pitnick lab (Syracuse University) we are studying mechanisms of post-mating sexual selection in a variety of insects, including Drosophila, Tribolium, sepsids and yellow dung flies.
Markus Brown
Entomology
University of Maryland
Beltsville MD USA
markus.a.brown@hotmail.com

Cells experience a variety of stresses in their environment, whether from friend, foe, or terrain, and must adapt to their changing environment to maintain their survival. This occurs in two ways, evolution and epigentic modifications. Evolution is the much slower process by which the cell permanently alters the enzymes in its arsenal, whilst epigenetics are a quick, temporary change in pace caused by fleeting stresses in the environment. I hope to elucidate the mechanisms by which fungi use epigenetics to quickly mediate and monitor their gene expression profiles in response to alterations in their environment.
Anna-Maria Botha
Professor PhD
Genetics
Stellenbosch University
Stellenbosch Western Cape South Africa
ambo@sun.ac.za
Cereal Genomics
The Genomics research group at Stellenbosch, headed by Prof. Anna-Maria Botha-Oberholster aims to be at the forefront of research on wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) resistance to Diuraphis noxia (Kurdj., Hemiptera, Aphididae), although other important plant stressors are also under investigation. Our research is hypothesis driven and fundamental in nature, but aims to address current problems relevant to the agricultural community. Research focus Russian wheat aphid resistance Research in the Cereal Genome programme focuses on the elucidation of the underlying genetic mechanisms involved in host-pest interactions by making use of genomic tools. Understanding defence mechanisms in the wheat host and how
Guy Bloch
Prof.
Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jerusalem - None - Israel
guy.bloch@mail.huji.ac.il
Molecular Sociobiolgy
The main research interests of our group are the evolution and mechanisms underlying sociality and social behavior, we study bees as a model. To study these fascinating and intricate phenomena we integrate analyses at different levels, from molecular to social. In recent years, one of our main research focuses has been the interplay between circadian rhythms and social behavior ("sociochronobiology").
Laura Boykin
Dr.
ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology and School of Chemistry and Biochemistry
The University of Western Australia
Crawley Western Australia Australia
laura.boykin@uwa.edu.au

I am interested in invasive species (Influenza, Hepatitis C, Carribbean Fruit fly, Whitefly, Asian citrus psyllid, Gypsy moth, Aphid parasitoid, and the Oriental Fruit Fly). My expertise in genomics, phylogentic theory and utilisation of supercomputers has made a substantial contribuion to understanding the evolutionary history of the invasive species. My most influential work has come from contributions (12 publications) to understanding the evolutionary relationships of the whitefly (Bemisia tabaci), the vector of the devastating Cassava Mosaic Viruses.
Leigh Boardman
Dr
Entomology & Nematology
University of Florida
Gainesville Fl USA
lboardman@ufl.edu

Integrative and comparative biology, genotype-phenotype interactions and the molecular mechanisms underlying organismal tolerance to environmental stressors
Simon Bullock
Dr
Cell Biology
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Cambridge Cambridgeshire UK
sbullock@mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk
Mechanisms of cytoplasmic mRNA transport
Our group is interested in how mRNAs and other cargoes are sorted within the cytoplasm by microtubule-based motors. We exploit the genetics of Drosophila melanogaster for part of our work, and have optimised CRISPR/Cas tools for this organism (www.crisprflydesign.org).
Gregor Bucher
Professor
Evolutionary Developmental Genetics
Georg-August-University Göttingen
Göttingen Niedersachsen Germany
gbucher1@uni-goettingen.de
Evolutionary Developmental Genetics
I am interested in the developmental genetics of the red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum with a focus on the evolution of development. The current topics of the lab are: 1. Large scale RNAi screen "iBeetle" 2. Genetics of insect head development 3. Evolution of neural stem cells of the central complex 4. Pattern formation during meetamorphosis. 5. Development of transgenic tools (misexpression, in vivo imaging, etc).
Thierry Brévault
Dr
Entomology
CIRAD
Dakar Dakar Senegal
brevault@cirad.fr

Entomology and Ecology
Susanta Behura
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame Indiana USA
sbehura@nd.edu

My work focuses on insect genetics and genomics. My primary interests are on functional and evolutionary genomics of vector competence of Aedes aegypti to dengue virus infection. Other specific areas of interest are 1) Comparative genomics, 2) Transcriptomics 3) Codon bias and translational selection, 4) Mitochondria and Numt, 5) Transposable elements and repeat sequences, 6) Non-coding RNAs, 7) Genome sequencing and analysis, and genome-wide association studies.
Yehuda Ben-Shahar
Assistant Professor
Biology
Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis Missouri USA
benshahary@wustl.edu
Ben-Shahar lab at Wash U
We are interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying behavioral plasticity on three major time scales: evolutionary, Developmental and Physiological. We address these questions with the powerful genetic model Drosophila melanogaster (the fruit fly), and the emerging model for complex social behaviors, the European honey bee, Apis mellifera. Research approaches in the lab include behavior, genetics, genomics, molecular and cellular biology, and neurophysiology.
Björn Brembs
Prof. Dr.
Institute of Zoology - Neurogenetics
Universität Regensburg
Regensburg Bavaria Germany
bjoern@brembs.net

We are interested in the neurobiology of spontaneous behavioral choice and operant learning.
Stefan Baumgartner
Professor
Dept. of Experimental Medical Sciences
Lund University
Lund SE Sweden
Stefan.Baumgartner@med.lu.se
Baumgartner Lab
We are mainly interested in the mechanisms involved in early patterning of the insect embryo and work mostly on the bicoid gene in Drosophila. There, we analyze the mechanisms that lead to the formation of the bicoid mRNA gradient which ultimately dictates the Bicoid protein gradient. Lately, we also developed an interest in patterning events in Lucilia sericata and Bactrocera dorsalis. There, we work on the orthodenticle, Kruppel and the even-skipped genes.
Dr. Susan Brown
Distinguished Professor
faculty
Division of Biology
Kansas State University
Manhattan KS United States
sjbrown@ksu.edu
Brown Lab
The Brown lab is using the Irys high-throughput genome mapping platform from BioNano Genomics to improve the Tribolium castaneum genome.
Dr. Jennifer Brisson
Assistant Professor
faculty
Department of Biology
University of Rochester
Rochester NY United States
jbrisso3@bio.rochester.edu
Brisson Lab
genetic mapping and association mapping using Illumina data, as well as Illumina (RNA-Seq) studies; in situ hybridization of RNA to embryos, methyl-Seq