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
Mostafa Ghafouri Moghaddam
Ph.D candidate
Plant Protection
University of Zabol
Zahedan Iran Iran

Systematic Braconidae and Ichneumonidae
Mark Guillotte
Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
University of Maryland Baltimore
Baltimore Maryland United States

Vector-borne disease
Ludvik Gomulski
Department of Biology and Biotechnology
University of Pavia
Pavia PV Italy
Genetics and genomics of insects of economic and medical importance
We are using transcriptome data to analyze the molecular changes that accompany major physiological and behavioral changes such as maturation and mating in different insect species of medical and agricultural importance. We are particularly interested in transcriptional changes in olfactory related genes.
Dr. Christina Grozinger
Professor of Entomology
Department of Entomology
Pennsylvania State University
College of Agricultural Sciences
University Park PA United States
Grozinger Lab
My program seamlessly integrates research, education, outreach and service related to the biology and health of honey bees and other pollinators.  My research addresses both basic and applied questions, using a highly trans-disciplinary approach encompassing genomics, physiology, neurobiology, behavior, and chemical ecology.  My program consists of two main areas of study, which examine the mechanisms underlying social behavior and health in honey bees and related species.  Our studies on social behavior seek to elucidate the proximate and ultimate mechanisms that regulate complex chemical communication systems in insect societies.  Our studies on honey bee health examine how biotic and abiotic stressors
Jennifer Gleason
Associate Professor
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Kansas
Lawrence KS USA

My lab focuses on the genetics of behavior, primarily in Drosophila. We are interested in the genetic changes resulting in behavioral isolation between species. To that end, we study courtship behaviors, primarily acoustic signals (courtship song) and pheromones.
Gloria I. Giraldo-Calderón
VectorBase Scientific Liaison/Outreach Manager
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame IN USA
I teach scientist at all career stages, students, postdocs, technicians, researchers, and faculty, how to use VectorBase data, tools and resources. I also teach how to manually annotate genes to submit them in VectorBase, we currently use Artemis but will soon host WebApollo too. Our developers are currently working on VectorBase Galaxy, soon will be teaching how to use it too.
Kanapathy Gajapathy
Department of Zoology
University of Jaffna
Jaffna Northernprovince Sri Lanka
zoology laboratory; molecular biology laboratory in University of jaffna
Focusing on evolution and phylogeny of arthropods; specifically spiders and vector species among insects
Simon Groen
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Arizona
Tucson Arizona United States of America
Whiteman Lab
Plant-insect interactions
Marian Goldsmith
Biological Sciences
University of Rhode Island
Kingston RI USA
Molecular linkage mapping, cytogenetics, and genomics of the domesticated silkworm, Bombyx mori and applications to other lepidopteran species.
Nicole Gerardo
Assistant Professor
Emory University
Atlanta GA - Georgia United States
The Gerardo Lab
Our lab's focus is on the evolutionary ecology of interactions between microbes and hosts. We are interested in how both beneficial and harmful microbes establish and maintain relationships with their hosts. Such associations are shaped by ecological limitations on host range, evolutionary trade-offs for both hosts and microbes, and host immunology. We combine genomics, phylogenetics and experimental approaches to study these forces in diverse insect-microbe systems.
Kasim George
Post doctoral fellow
Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Maryland College Park
Institute for Bioscience & Biotechnology Research
Rockville Maryland USA
O'Brochta Group IBBR
My research interest focuses on host-pathogen interaction. Specifically, I am investigating the interaction of the human malaria pathogen, Plasmodium falciparum and the arthropod vector Anopheles stephensi. Using transgenic technology, I aim to modify to innate immune system of A. stephensi, to increase the intensity of P. falciparum infection for live attenuated sporozoites vaccine development.
Juergen Gadau
School of Life Sciences
Arizona State University
Tempe AZ United States of America
Gadau Lab
Evolutionary genetics and genomics of solitary and social Hymenoptera
Shin Goto
Associate Professor
Graduate School of Science
Osaka City University
Osaka Osaka Japan

Molecular mechanisms of Insect environmental adaptation.
Huizhen Guo
Southwest University
The state key laboratory of silkworm genome biology
Chongqing Chongqing China
the state key laboratory of silkworm genome biology
My major is biochemistry and molecular biology, and my research is mainly focus on the lepidoptera chemosensory gene families, especially Gr genes.
Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Birla Institute of Technology & Science- Pilani
Pilani Rajasthan INDIA
Laboratory of Molecular Parasitology and Vector Biology
Mosquito Immunity. Host-Parasite Interaction
Rob Good
University of Melbourne
Parkville Victoria Australia
Genomics of Drosophila, Aphids,Molluscs RNAi studies of Aphids and molluscs Developing software tools.
Ashok Giri
Sr. Scientist
Biochemical Sciences
CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory
Pune Maharashatra India
Plant Molecular Biology Unit
Plant defence mechanisms: We developed group at CSIR-NCL focusing on agricultural biotechnology of high relevance to the current problems. Insect pests are globally severe threat to agriculture where we addressed questions related to molecular insights of plant-insect interactions. Understanding of the plant-insect interaction at molecular level will serve as basis for developing strategies for plant protection in sustainable manner with minimizing use of chemicals. Detoxification mechanisms in insects: To obtain molecular insights in to detoxification mechanisms in Lepidopteran insect pest, Helicoverpa armigera, we are employing "omics" approaches upon exposure of insect to different phytochemicals and insecticide molecules.
Biochemist- technologist; Msc Molecular Diagnostics; PhD Molecular biology
Biochemistry- Biotechnology
University of Thessaly
Larissa Larissa Greece
Transcriptomic analysis of the reproductive system of Bactrocera oleae. Detection of molecules involved in reproduction.
Maureen Gorman
Research Assistant Professor
Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
Kansas State University
Manhattan Kansas USA

Iron metabolism is a vital biological process in all eukaryotic organisms, but the mechanisms of iron metabolism in insects are poorly understood. Our research is focused on iron transport and the relationship between iron metabolism and innate immunity in insects. We use a combination of genetics, molecular biology and biochemistry methods to study iron metabolism and innate immunity in Drosophila melanogaster, Anopheles gambiae, Manduca sexta, and Tribolium castaneum. These studies should lead to a better understanding of two fundamental components of insect physiology and, thus, provide information that can be used in future efforts to control insect
Andrea Gloria-Soria
Associate Research Scientist
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Yale University
New Haven CT USA
Powell Lab & Turner Lab
I am an evolutionary biologist interested on the behavioral genetics of feeding behavior in mosquitoes and its consequences for dengue transmission. I also conduct population genetic studies on Aedes aegypti mosquitos to understand historical and recent invasions.