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
Don Champagne
Associate Professor
Entomology/Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases
University of Georgia
Athens Georgia USA
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.
Diana Cox-Foster
Penn State
Univ. Park PA USA
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.
Joanna Chiu
Assistant Professor
Entomology and Nematology
UC Davis
Davis CA USA

Circadian Biology, Proteomics, Phylogenomics
Sang Chan
Cambridge University
Cambridge Cambs UK
Fly Facility
Genetic gene drive systems for insect population control.
chuanwang cao
Associate professor
School of Forestry
Northeast Forestry Univeristy
Haerbin Heilongjiang CHINA

I focus on the following two research areas: 1. forest entomology toxicology; 2. environmental toxicology.
Omogo Collins
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
International Centre For Insect Physiology and Ecology
Nairobi Kenya Kenya
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.
Maohua Chen
Department of Entomology
Northwest A&F University
Yangling Shaanxi Province China
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
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.
School of Biological Sciences
University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen Aberdeen City United Kingdom
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.
Simon Collier
Department of Genetics
University of Cambridge
Cambridge Cambridgeshire UK
Fly Facility
Drosophila genome modification Planar Cell Polarity
Yang Chan
Ecology and Insect Toxicology
Institute of Zoology
Beijing The city of Beijing China

Ecology and Insect Toxicology
Zhao Chunyue
School of Life Sciences
Peking University
Bejing Beijing China

I use fly,cell culture and animal model systems to study cell death mechanisms and related drugs that can rescue or enhance cell death.
Postdoctral research scholar
University of Kentucky
lexington Kentucky USA

insect molecular biology on development,metamorphosis, reproduction.
John Chaston
Assistant Professor
Genetics & Biotechnology
Brigham Young University
Provo UT USA

genetic basis for Drosophila-microbiota interactions
Darko Cotoras
PhD Candidate
Integrative Biology
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley California USA
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
Margareth Capurro
Associate Professor
Dept Parasitology
Universidade de Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo SP Brazil
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.
Beatrice Clack
Associate Professor
Biology and Biotechnology
Stephen F. Austin State University
Nacogdoches Texas United States

Studying the genomics of Eurygaster integriceps Puton (Sunn pest) and the Prolyl Endo Protease the bug secretes in its saliva that destroys wheat gluten.
Xi’en Chen
College of Plant Protection
Northwest A&F University
Yangling Shannxi China

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
National University of Singapore
Singapore Singapore Singapore
Laboratory of Molecular RNA virology and Antiviral Strategies
Mosquito-borne viruses, dengue virus, chikungunya virus, mosquito-viral interactions
Peter Cherbas
Professor emeritus
Indiana University
Bloomington IN USA

Drosophila development. Ecdysone. Cell lines.