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.


A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Participant Contact Research Focus
jacinta chuang
Sr. reseatch scientist
biochemistry
ut southwestern med ctr
dallas tx usa
jacinta.chuang@utsouthwestern.edu

metabolic diseases
Austin Compton
Biochemistry
Virginia Tech
Newport Virginia United States
austc14@vt.edu

I am interested in delineating the biological mechanism of sex determination in different Anopheles mosquitoes by characterizing the role of male-determining (M) factors.
JAINDER CHHILAR
Dr
BIOLOGY
NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
LAS CRUCES NEW MEXICO USA
jainder@gmail.com
MOSQUITO GENOMICS
My current focus is on the Anopheles mosquito immunity in context with the gut microbiome and the role of gut microbiota in priming the immune response
Pratima Chennuri
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Entomology
Texas A&M University
College Station TX USA
pratima.chennuri@live.co.uk

Gene Drives.
Rubina Chongtham
Botany
University of Delhi
Delhi Delhi India
chrubina1@yahoo.co.in

Aphids are important crop pests. Understanding plant-aphid interactions can give great insights into not only aphid biology, but also methods of crop-protection. My focus is on using transcriptomics and functional genomics in order to develop improved plant variety using RNAi.
Rebecca Corkill
PhD student
Cell & Developmental Biology
John Innes Centre
Norwich Norfolk United Kingdom
Rebecca.Corkill@jic.ac.uk
Hogenhout Lab
I am investing transgenic methods in Bemisia tabaci, along with studying th plant-hemipteran interactions.
Anthony Clarke
Professor
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
Queensland University of Technology
Brisbane Queensland Australia
a.clarke@qut.edu.au

Tephritid fruit flies, especially the genera Bactrocera and Zeugodacus. The lab has interest in the systematics, taxonomy and diagnostics of these species, as well as a focus on their ecology and behaviour with a special interest in host utilisation patterns (e.g. generalism vesus specialsim) and mechanisms of host use. We use genetics and genomics equally with behaviour and ecology. We have also used genomic tools to better understand the response of male Bactrocera to plant derived secondary chemicals (= the so called fruit fly male lures).
Rebeca Carballar
CV
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
University of California Irvine
Irvine CA United States
rebecacarballar@gmail.com

My long-term research theme will be focused on the biology of mosquito metabolism and how does the epigenetic basal stage can have an impact in mosquito metabolites during pathogen infections. Mosquito metabolomics: Metabolomics is a newly emerging field of “omics” research focused in the comprehensive characterization of small molecules (metabolites). Metabolomics is an important tool that can complement the existing data (transcriptomics, genomics and proteomics) in mosquito research. I pioneer the use of mass spectrometry analytical methods to profile a metabolite signature in vector mosquitoes and I have established a pipeline for metabolomics analyses, including sample collection, metabolite extractions, and data
Tonya Colpitts
Assistant Professor
CV
Pathology Microbiology & Immunology
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Columbia SC USA
tonya.colpitts@uscmed.sc.edu
COLPITTS LAB
Our laboratory researches the interactions between arboviruses and mosquito vectors, with a focus on dengue virus and the Aedes midgut. We are also examining the impact of human serum components on mosquito immunity and virus infection and developing transmission blocking vaccines against arboviruses.
Vanessa Corby-Harris
Research Physiologist
Carl Hayden Bee Research Center
USDA-ARS
Tucson AZ USA
vanessa.corby@ars.usda.gov
Corby-Harris Lab
Our goal is to increase honey bee health through improved nutrition.
Duverney Chaverra Rodriguez
PhD Candidate
Entomology
Pennsylvania State University
State College Pennsylvania United States
ddc172@psu.edu
Jason Rasgon Lab
My research focuses in exploring and optimizing strategies to produce transgenic insects via maternal injection.
Luciano Cosme
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Yale University
New Haven CT USA
luciano.cosme@yale.edu
Powell's Lab
Mosquito evolutionary genetics. Gene and miR expression.
Kathleen Cuijvers
Biological Sciences
The University of Adelaide
Adelaide SA Australia
kathleen.cuijvers@student.adelaide.edu.au

Alzheimer's research using zebrafish in vivo system.
Amanda Choo
Postdoctoral researcher
Genetics & Evolution
University of Adelaide
Adelaide South Australia Australia
amanda.choo@adelaide.edu.au

Temperature sensitivity, genome manipulation technologies
Lorna Cohen
PhD Candidate
Biological Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago Illinois USA
cohen36@uic.edu
Lynch Lab
I am currently researching the genetic basis of head development in the parasitiod wasp, Nasonia. We aim to elucidate how specific morphologies are encoded in the genome, and the molecular mechanisms that regulate size and shape.
Yizhou Chen
Senior Research Scientist
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute
Menangle NSW Australia
yizhou.chen@dpi.nsw.gov.au

genetics of insecticide resistance
Tabashir Chowdhury
PhD candidate
CV
Biology
University of Western Ontario
London Ontario Canada
tabashir@gmail.com

Genetic basis of behavioural isolation and speciation in Drosophila
Christopher Cunningham
Ph.D.
Department of Genetics
University of Georgia, Athens
Athens GA USA
cbc83@uga.edu
Moore Laboratory
My research focuses on the genetic and hormonal control of complex social behavior, such as social dominance networks and parent-offspring interactions. My current model system is Nicrophorus vespilloides, a burying beetle (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicrophorus_vespilloides). I am particularly interested in the role of neurotransmitters and neuropeptides in these behaviors and their natural variation. I use many techniques to answer my questions of interest; including, bioinformatics, gene expression, and proteomic tools.
Fernando Consoli
PhD
Dept of Entomology and Acarology
University of Sao Paulo/ESALQ
Piracicaba Sao Paulo Brazil
fconsoli@usp.br
Insect Interactions Lab
Our lab is dedicated to understand the diversity and role of symbionts in insect bioecology, and to investigate the potential of symbionts for biotechnological exploitation. We also use functional transcriptomic and genomic analyses to investigate insect-insect and insect-symbionts interactions and to develop strategies for pest control (RNAi).
Ewan CAMPBELL
Dr
School of Biological Sciences
University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen Aberdeen City United Kingdom
e.m.campbell@abdn.ac.uk
Bowman Lab
I am interested in applying RNAi and gene silencing techniques to the field of agricultural and livestock pests with a focus on the major parasite of Honey bees, the Varroa mite. I have developed RNAi targets and delivery mechanisms in a range of species including Sea Lice, Ticks and mites. I am also interested in utilising RNAi and gene manipulation for the study of physiological pathways in ectoparasites, such as in host sensing, reproductive cues and blood feeding.
Zhenqing Chen
Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Urbana Illinois USA
zqchen@illinois.edu

The social behavior of Honeybee
Mary Chaffee
Graduate Student
CV
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Rochester
Rochester NY USA
mary.chaffee@rochester.edu

My research is focused on studying the molecular basis of the wing polyphenism is pea aphids.
Isabel Campos
Fly Platform Manager
Fly Platfrom
Champalimaud Foundation
Lisboa Lisboa  Portugal
isabel.campos@neuro.fchampalimaud.org
CF Fly Platform
The CF Fly Platform contributes to CF researchers’ best performance by providing state of the art conditions for fly breeding, maintenance and manipulation, at the same time as offering a range of technical services conducted by a specialized team, headed by an experienced manager with more than 10 years of Drosophila genetics post doctoral training.
Raman Chandrasekar
Research Associate
Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
Kansas State University
manhattan Kansas United States
biochandrus@yahoo.com
Research Associate
1. RNA Sequence analysis, Genomic and Proteomics appraoches 2. Study of insect proteins and enzymes will not only give valuable information on their unique biochemistry and physiology but will also identify novel tools for the development of new technologies and new ways to produce novel insect control measures. My main focus is will address the physiological and biochemical functions of proteins and enzymes in the insects’ life processes by using proteomics tools (i.e 2D PAGE, MS, MALDI-TOF, PMF), characterization of novel enzymes, qualitative and quantitative characterization of proteins and their interactions on a genome scale,
John Chaston
Assistant Professor
Genetics & Biotechnology
Brigham Young University
Provo UT USA
john_chaston@byu.edu

genetic basis for Drosophila-microbiota interactions
YINGJUN CUI
Postdoctral research scholar
Entomology
University of Kentucky
lexington Kentucky USA
cuiyingjun@uky.edu

insect molecular biology on development,metamorphosis, reproduction.
Feng Cui
Associate Professor
State Key Laboratory of Integrated Management of Pest Insects & Rodents
Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Beijing Beijing China
cuif@ioz.ac.cn
Eco-genomics and Adaptation Group
Research directions: Molecular mechanisms of interactions between insects and plants or plant viruses 1. Functions and mechanisms of salivary gland genes in aphid’s response and adaptation to host plants 2. Molecular mechanisms of small brown plant hopper-RSV-rice interactions
Jianwu Chen
Dr
Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience
University of California, Riverside
Riverside CA United States
jwchen97@yahoo.com

Mechanism of action of Bt toxins
Rajendra Chilukuri
Research Assoiciate,
Laboratory of Molecualr Genetics
Centre for DNA fingreprinting and Diagnostics
Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Daignostics, CDFD
Hyderabad Telangana India
cverajendra@gmail.com
LMG ,Laboratory of Molecualr Genetics
Sex Determination and Immunology
Sang Chan
Mr
Genetics
Cambridge University
Cambridge Cambs UK
ysc31@cam.ac.uk
Fly Facility
Genetic gene drive systems for insect population control.
Zhao Chunyue
School of Life Sciences
Peking University
Bejing Beijing China
chunyuezhaopku@163.com

I use fly,cell culture and animal model systems to study cell death mechanisms and related drugs that can rescue or enhance cell death.
chuanwang cao
Associate professor
School of Forestry
Northeast Forestry Univeristy
Haerbin Heilongjiang CHINA
chuanwangcao@126.com

I focus on the following two research areas: 1. forest entomology toxicology; 2. environmental toxicology.
Peter Cherbas
Professor emeritus
Biology
Indiana University
Bloomington IN USA
cherbas@indiana.edu

Drosophila development. Ecdysone. Cell lines.
Simon Collier
PhD
Department of Genetics
University of Cambridge
Cambridge Cambridgeshire UK
psc38@cam.ac.uk
Fly Facility
Drosophila genome modification Planar Cell Polarity
Yang Chan
Miss
Ecology and Insect Toxicology
Institute of Zoology
Beijing The city of Beijing China
yangchanhb@126.com

Ecology and Insect Toxicology
Brian Counterman
Biological Sciences
Mississippi State University
Starkville MS USA
bcounterman@biology.msstate.edu

Evolution, Population Genomics, Speciation
Sang Chan
Mr
Genetics
Cambridge University
Cambridge Cambridgeshire United Kingdom
kermitthefly@gmail.com
Flylab
Genetic gene drive systems.
Antonio Celestino Montes
PhD Student
Molecular Pathogenesis
CINVESTAV-IPN
Mexico City D.F. México
clonfago_t4@hotmail.com
Molecular Entomology
We are interested in knowing the process of developing the mosquito Aedes aegypti vector of dengue virus and the participation of the immune system in host pathogen interaction
Diana Cox-Foster
Professor
Entomology
Penn State
Univ. Park PA USA
dxc12@psu.edu
Cox-Foster Lab
My Lab is interested in host/pathogen interactions. We are interested in genes associated with the immune system and cuticular exoskeleton (biosynthesis and molting). We are interested in immune responses to viruses, and responses to parasites such as nematodes and varroa mites. In particular, the anti-viral immune responses are of interest, going from point of infection to death of the insect host.
Ariel Chipman
Prof.
Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jerusalem Israel Israel
ariel.chipman@huji.ac.il

Arthropod evo-devo
Adriana Costero-Saint Denis
Vector Biology Program Officer
Div. of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH
Rockville Maryland USA
acostero@niaid.nih.gov

Vector biology
Shyh-Chi Chen
Ophthalmology
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati Ohio USA
shyhchi@gmail.com

circadian rhythm
Xi’en Chen
Dr.
College of Plant Protection
Northwest A&F University
Yangling Shannxi China
chenpp2006@nwsuaf.edu.cn

The physiological roles of insect protein phosphatases; molecular basis of physiological changes in insects under abiotic and/or biotic stresses; Xenobiotic resistance in insects resulting from metabolic enzymes and/or target site insensitivity; in vitro degradation of insecticide by insect metabolic enzymes
Justin Jang Hann Chu
Asst. Professor
Microbiology
National University of Singapore
Singapore Singapore Singapore
miccjh@nus.edu.sg
Laboratory of Molecular RNA virology and Antiviral Strategies
Mosquito-borne viruses, dengue virus, chikungunya virus, mosquito-viral interactions
Omogo Collins
Mr.
CV
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
International Centre For Insect Physiology and Ecology
Nairobi Kenya Kenya
graomogo@yahoo.com
Icipe-Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics Unit
My career goal is to be an investigator in tropical medicine, focusing in research on the control of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), and emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases (EIDs), with focus on the identification and validation of novel drug targets for chemotherapeutic control.
Frank Criscione
Entomology
University of Maryland
Rockville MD USA
fcris@umd.edu

Enhancer trap technologies and mosquito hematology.
Don Champagne
Associate Professor
Entomology/Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases
University of Georgia
Athens Georgia USA
dchampa@uga.edu
Champagne Lab
I am interested in characterizing salivary factors that facilitate blood feeding by arthropods. More specifically, I am interested in proteins and peptides that modulate vertebrate hemostatic, inflammatory, and immune responses.
Joanna Chiu
Assistant Professor
Entomology and Nematology
UC Davis
Davis CA USA
jcchiu@ucdavis.edu

Circadian Biology, Proteomics, Phylogenomics
Maohua Chen
Prof.
CV
Department of Entomology
Northwest A&F University
Yangling Shaanxi Province China
maohua.chen@nwsuaf.edu.cn
Insecticide Resistance and Insect Population Genetics
I am using molecular markers (microstatellites, mitochondrial genes and other makers) to investigate how environmental and anthropogenic factors affect the genetic diversity, genetic structure and gene flow pattern of insect populations.
Cathy Coutu
Molecular Biology Technician
Research Branch
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Saskatoon SK Canada
cathy.coutu@agr.gc.ca
Hegedus Lab
•Insect genomics and proteomics platforms leading to the identification of novel targets and strategies for insect resistance. The focus is on insect digestive biochemistry.
Darko Cotoras
PhD Candidate
CV
Integrative Biology
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley California USA
darkocotoras@berkeley.edu
Evolution of terrestrial invertebrates on islands
I am interested on historical processes that create biodiversity, particularly in conditions of isolation. I am studying the temporal dynamic of the adaptive radiation of the Tetragnatha spiders in the Hawaiian archipelago. For that, I am using population genetics and phylogenetics approaches (Exon Capture -NGS- and Sanger sequencing) using fresh and museum samples. As a complement, I am also studying the color polymorphism of several species and their habitat (plant) preferences. In parallel, I am doing phylogenetic studies on endemic spiders from the Juan Fernández archipelago and characterizing the spider community of Rapa
Beatrice Clack
Associate Professor
Biology and Biotechnology
Stephen F. Austin State University
Nacogdoches Texas United States
bclack@sfasu.edu

Studying the genomics of Eurygaster integriceps Puton (Sunn pest) and the Prolyl Endo Protease the bug secretes in its saliva that destroys wheat gluten.
Margareth Capurro
Associate Professor
Dept Parasitology
Universidade de Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo SP Brazil
mcapurro@icb.usp.br
Genetically Modify Mosquitoes
Produce transgenic mosquitoes that can block dengue transmission. Also I am the Coordinator for PAT - Aedes transgenic Project that is the evaluation of OX513A Aedes aegypti strain in field releases studies in Brazil.