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.

Participant Contact Research Focus
Chrystophe Ferreira
anmal facilities
Paris Descartes University
Paris ile de France France

trangenesis, mice models of human diseases
Richard Fandino
Department of Evolutionary Neuroethology
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Jena Thueringen Germany

My interest is mainly focused on the evolution of gene regulation and expression in chemosensory genes and the role these play in odor-guided behavior of insects. My post-doctoral studies are focused on establishing the ecological model, the sphinx moth, Manduca sexta as a feasible molecular model for receptor / odorant interactions.
Kim Ferguson
PhD Candidate
Laboratory of Genetics
Wageningen University
Wageningen Gelderland The Netherlands

I am an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) in the BINGO ITN, Breeding Invertebrates for Next Generation BioControl, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network ( for more info). Right now I'm in the first stage of my PhD so I'm trying to discover as much as possible and learn techniques to help me in my project. I will work with a few different species, but the goal is to use NGS technology to explore the genetic variation in wild-caught and commercially reared populations of select biocontrol species. I will work with Trichogramma brassicae, Nesidiocoris tenuis, and Amblyseious swirskii (aka Typhlodromips swirskii). They
Joshua Fisher
Invasive Species Biologist
Ecological Services
US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
Honolulu Hawaii US

Vector Control, Avian Malaria
Megan Fritz
Post-doctoral Research Associate
Department of Entomology, Program in Genetics
North Carolina State University
Raleigh NC United States

I am broadly interested in the evolutionary responses of insects to their constantly changing environment. Humans are an important source of this change, often imposing strong selection on insect populations through management practices. My current research explores how the genomes of Lepidopteran agricultural pests respond to selection imposed by transgenic crops.
Honglin Feng
Graduate Student
Department of Biology
University of Miami
Coral Gables FL USA
The Wilson Lab
Insect/Bacteria symbiosis
Dina Fonseca
Entomology; Ecology&Evolution, Public Health
Rutgers University
Center for Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics, Smithsonian
New Brunswick NJ USA
My primary research interests are the evolution, prevention, and control of invasive mosquitoes, the principal vectors of significant disease epizootics and epidemics. Our results indicate that populations differ in vectorial capacity over space and time, profoundly affecting epidemiological landscapes and risk estimates. Rapid evolution in invasive mosquito vectors is a good model for the effects of Global Climate Change on disease epidemiology.
Isidoro Feliciello
Department of Clinical Medicine and Surgery
University of Naples Federico II
Napoli NA Italy
Laboratory of Experimental Biology
Satellite DNAs of the red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum: roles in genome dynamic and gene expression.
Guido Favia
School of Biosciences and Veterinary Medicine
University of Camerino
Camerino Macerata Italy
Molecular Parasitology
Recent advances in the knowledge of anophelines biology make possible new strategies to control malaria by genetically modifying the mosquito to reduce its vectorial competence. However, one crucial aspect of this approach is how to introduce into wild mosquito populations the appropriate effector transgenes, which are able to interfere with parasite development. We will explore an alternative method to introduce effector genes into mosquitoes, via the microbiota hosted in its midgut lumen, i.e. rather than by genetically modifying mosquitoes, by modifying bacteria that inhabit the mosquito midgut. We have recently identified bacteria (Asaia) and yeasts (Pichia), inhabiting the midgut and
Thomas Flatt
SNF Professor
Department of Ecology and Evolution
University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Lausanne Vaud Switzerland
Evolution and Mechanisms of Life History
I study the evolution and mechanisms of life history and aging, mostly by applying population and functional genomics approaches (next-generation sequencing, population genomics) to natural (e.g., clinal) and laboratory (e.g., artificial selection and experimental evolution) populations of the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) which are phenotypically differentiated for life history. I am particulary interested in using genomic approaches to identify candidate genes and alleles likely shaped by selection and then to test these candidates for effects upon life history by using functional genetics (e.g., RNAi, synthetic recombinant populations, and gene editing methods such as CRISPR/Cas-9). Currently, we are applying this toolbox
Alexander Franz
Dept. of Veterinary Pathobiology
University of Missouri
Columbia  Missouri USA

Arbovirus-mosquito interactions; identification of genes/pathways in mosquitoes determining vector competence for arboviruses; interrupting arbovirus disease cycle in Aedes aegypti
Lucy Firth
Invertebrate Genetics
Bracknell Berkshire UK
Dr. Lucy C. Firth
Drosophila genetic technologies to uncover and understand insecticidal mode of action targets and resistance. Comparative genomics of agronomic pest species.