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
Dr Jagdish Jaba
CV
Entomology
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics(ICRISAT), Hyderabad, Telangana, Inida
HYDERABAD Telangana India
jaba.jagdish@gmail.com
Integrated Crop Management
Host Plant Resistance, Insect biochemistry, Biocontrol and IPM
Ritesh Jain
Plant Science
University of Queensland
Brisbane  QLD Australia
r.jain1@uq.edu.au

RNAi mediated control of Lepidopteran insect.
Bianca Kojin
Post-doctoral Research Associate
Department of Entomology
Texas A&M University
College Station Texas USA
bianca.burini@gmail.com

Genetic transmission of engineered transgenes.
Ramkumar Govindaraju
Dr
Biotechnology
Periyar University, Salem, TN, India
Salem Tamil Nadu India
rkentomology@gmail.com
Insect Molecular Toxicology Laboratory
My research is concerned with the biochemical, molecular and proteomic study in the evolution of Insecticide resistance among mosquitoes and to identify novel molecules for insect control. My work includes molecular and proteomic analysis, in addition to understanding the gene expression pattern of detoxification enzymes. Mainly my research focuses on the role of cytochrome P450 and esterase genes in conferring insecticides resistance in mosquitoes and agricultural insects.
Timothy Ajiboye
Mr
Field Genebank
National Centre for Genetic Resources and Biotechnology(NACGRAB), Moor Plantation, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
Ibadan Oyo state Nigeria
ajiboyefemi2002@yahoo.com
National Centre for Genetic Resources and Biotechnology
Molecular Characterization of Cereal stem borers. Control of cereal stemborers using host plant resistance. Conservation of Insects, Tree crops, and other Field genetic Resources.
W. Cameron Jasper
PhD Candidate
Entomology and Nematology
UC Davis
Davis CA USA
wcjasper@ucdavis.edu
El Nino Bee Lab
My research focuses on the specialized "social" glands of the European honey bee (Apis mellifera) and how the regulation of gene expression within those glands underlies the bee's social organization.
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.
Rakesh Joshi
Assistant Professor
CV
Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology
Savitribai Phule Pune University (Formerly University of Pune)
Pune Maharashtra India
rakeshjoshi687@gmail.com
Insect Biology Lab
Our group mainly deals with exploring new targets in agricultural pest and developing their blockers, which can be further applied for crop protection.
Helena Araujo
Associate Professor
Institute of Biomedical Sciences/ Institute of Molecular Enthomology
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro Brazil
haraujo@histo.ufrj.br
Associate Professor
Developmental Biology in Drosophila and Rhodnius prolixus
mona jahani
Ghent University
Ghent University
Ghent Oost-Vlaanderen Belgium
monajahani@gmail.com

Using RNAi technique for investigating the functional genomics and its efficiency for controlling insects
Hemant Gujar
Graduate Student
Department of Entomology
University of Kentucky
Lexington Kentucky United States
hemantgujar@yahoo.com

Presently I am working on molting, metamorphosis and reproduction in bed bugs, Cimex lectularius. We use NGS technologies to find genes involved in these processes.
SONAI RAJAN THANGARAJ
Dr
Agricultural Entomology
Tamil Nadu Agriculture University
Coimbatore  Tamil Nadu  India
snraja_insect@yahoo.co.in
Molecular Ecology Lab, Department of Plant Biotechnology, Centre for Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Population genetics of stored grain insect pests and honey bees Transcriptome Analaysis
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.
Kanapathy Gajapathy
Dr
CV
Department of Zoology
University of Jaffna
Jaffna Northernprovince Sri Lanka
gayan156@gmail.com
zoology laboratory; molecular biology laboratory in University of jaffna
Focusing on evolution and phylogeny of arthropods; specifically spiders and vector species among insects
Alys Jarvela
Postdoctoral Researcher
CV
Entomology
University of Maryland
College Park MD USA
veniecealys@gmail.com
Pick Lab
Building and comparing developmental gene regulatory networks among insects
Chris Jiggins
Professor
Department of Zoology
University of Cambridge
Cambridge UK United Kingdom
c.jiggins@zoo.cam.ac.uk
Chris Jiggins
Adaptation and speciation in butterflies, especially focussing on wing pattern development and evolution. Interested to develop transgenic tests of wing pattern developmental factors
Kimberly Johansson
Undergraduate Researcher
Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Harvard University
Cambridge MA USA
kimberly.johansson@gmail.com
Extavour Lab
im is an undergraduate in the class of 2015 at Harvard College, where she is concentrating in Chemical & Physical Biology. In the Extavour Lab, she works with Taro Nakamura studying primordial germ cell development in the cricket, Gryllus bimaculatus.
Karl Joplin
Associate Professor
Biological Sciences
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City Tennessee USA
joplin@etsu.edu
Karl Joplin
Physiology and molecular biology of diapause, Insect behavior and circadian rhythms, Stress response of insects
David Majerowicz
Msc., PhD.
Faculdade de Farmacia
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro Brazil
majerowicz@pharma.ufrj.br

Use of insect as models for lipid metabolsim and obesity; Role of nuclear receptors and hormones in the control of lipid metabolism; Role of nuclear receptors in the Rhodnius prolixus - Trypanossoma cruzi interaction.
Patricia Jumbo Lucioni
Postdoctoral research scholar
Biological Sciences
Vanderbilt University
Nashville TN USA
patricia.jumbo@vanderbilt.edu
Postdoctoral Research Scholar-Broadie Lab
My current research field addresses the unknown mechanisms behind inborn errors of metabolism, classic galactosemia and congenital disorders of glycosylation. Patients with these disorders grow to develop neurodevelopmental complications of unknown mechanism which lack appropriate treatment. I use fruit flies as genetic models to characterize these phenotypes and elucidate disease mechanisms underlying these chronic inborn deficits.
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
Tamsin Jones
Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Harvard University
Cambridge MA USA
tjones01@fas.harvard.edu
Extavour Lab
I am interested in the evolution of germ line genes and their function. My current project examines the evolution of the oskar gene in insects. In flies, oskar is essential for germ line development, but in the cricket Gryllus bimaculatus, oskar functions in neural development. I am studying the molecular function of oskar in the cricket early nervous system.
Sonam Vijay
Research Associate
Protein Biochemistry and Structural Biology Lab
National Institute of Malaria Research
New Delhi Delhi INDIA
sonam.vijay@gmail.com
Research Associate
At present we are focusing on global and differential proteome analysis of An. culicifacies sensitive and refractory mosquito species. We are interested to find out those proteins in midgut and salivary glands that may have role in mechanism of refractoriness.
Christopher Jones
Associate Professor
Biological Sciences
Moravian College
Bethlehem PA United States
jonesc@moravian.edu

My lab focuses primarily on behavioral genetics, currently a phenotype in Drosophila called "bang-sensitivity," in which subjecting the flies to strong physical shocks (as in a standard lab vortex) triggers seizures.
Reed Johnson
Department of Entomology
The Ohio State University
Wooster OH USA
johnson.5005@osu.edu

In our lab we are seeking to understand how pollinators interact with the pesticides and toxins they encounter. The managed European honey bee, Apis mellifera, serves as a model pollinator for toxicological testing and toxicogenomics. While the honey bee is the most economically important pollinator in the U.S. and serves as an excellent model species, we are also interested in other pollinating insects as well.
Christopher Jones
Dr
AgroEcology
Rothamsted Research
Harpenden Hertfordshire United Kingdom
christopher.jones@rothamsted.ac.uk
Post-doctoral Researcher
I have worked with insects of both medical and agricultural importance to understand the genetic basis of phenotypes, and in particular, insecticide resistance. I currently study insect migration in the cotton bollworm, Helicoverpa armigera, combining tethered flight assays with genomic approaches to understand the genetic basis of this phenomenon.
Ronald van Rij
Medical Microbiology
Radboudumc and Radboud Inst for Molecular Life Sciences
Nijmegen - Nijmegen
r.vanrij@ncmls.ru.nl

My lab is interested in antiviral immunity in insects. We study small RNA-based defense systems (siRNA and piRNA) in fruit flies and mosquitoes, and mechanisms by which viruses suppress these responses. Other interests include the identification of non-RNAi based mechanisms of antiviral defense and epigenetic control of innate immunity.
Mustafa Wajidi
Associate Professor
CV
School of Distance Education
Universiti Sains Malaysia
Minden Pulau Pinang Malaysia
mfadzil@usm.my
Molecular Entomology Research Group
Current research focuses on insect molecular biology, in particular, trying to elucidate the role of cytochromes P450 in metabolism of xenobiotics
CRISTINA MANJON
Postdoctoral Researcher
Insect toxicology and Resistance
Bayer CropScience
Monheim NRW Germany
cristina.manjon@bayer.com
Insect toxicology and Resistance Lab
I am a researcher part of the Resistance Management team working closely with Ralf Nauen at Bayer CropScience. I am interested in the study of the detoxification mechanisms that operate in beneficials as well as in different pest species that develop insecticide resistance. In order to carry out this research we rely on different techniques for genetic profiling (microarrays, RNAseq, real-time PCR, etc.), as well as on gene silencing approaches such as RNA interference (RNAi technology, dsRNA).
Maarten Jongsma
Dr
Business Unit Bioscience
Plant Research International, Wageningen University and Research Center
Wageningen Gelderland The Netherlands
maarten.jongsma@wur.nl
High throughput phenotyping plant resistance to insects
I am involved both in studies of insect behaviour on plants using videotracking technology and highly parallel arena plates as well as in GPCR olfactory and taste receptor studies based on a new microfluidic platform
Juan Luis Jurat-Fuentes
Associate Professor
Entomology and Plant Pathology
University of Tennessee
Knoxville TN USA
jurat@utk.edu

Our research is focused on the physiology of the insect gut, particularly the molecular characterization of interactions between the gut epithelium and insecticidal Cry toxins produced by the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), the identification of novel enzymes for biofuel production, and the characterization of the gut regenerative response after pathogenic attack.
ahmad jamal
Department of zoology
university of Peshawar
peshawar KPK pakistan
ahmadjamalafridi@gmail.com

Spider Teaxonomy
Don Jarvis
Professor
Molecular Biology
University of Wyoming
Laramie WY USA
dljarvis@uwyo.edu

Insect glycobiology with a focus on elucidation and genetic manipulation of pathways of glycoprotein biosynthesis. Developing novel/improved baculovirus-insect cell/insect expression systems.
Anthony A. James
Distinguished Professor
Micro. Molec. Genet. and Molec. Biol. Biochem.
University of California
Irvine CA USA
aajames@uci.edu

We research vector-parasite interactions, mosquito molecular biology and practical approaches to controlling vector-borne diseases. We use molecular-genetic tools to develop synthetic approaches to interrupt pathogen transmission by mosquitoes. Our group developed mosquito transgenesis procedures and engineered genes that interfere with malaria parasite development in mosquitoes. We collaborated to develop RNAi-mediated approaches to prevent dengue virus transmission and population-suppression strains based on flightless females. We use bioinformatics to study the evolution of control DNA involved in regulating genes involved in hematophagy. We have a strong interest in what it takes to move laboratory science from the laboratory to the field.
J. Spencer Johnston
Professor
Entomology/Genetics
Texas A&M University
College Station Texas United States
spencerj@tamu.edu
We estimate do Genome Size Estimates for genomics projects
My primary interest is in genome size evolution and genome architecture. The Alab specializes in Arthropod genome size estimates, but routinely determinse genome size for a wide variety of organisms. We take pride in estimates that are timely, accurate and precise, and follow these estimates through to final publication of completed genomes, phylogenomic and genomic surveys. We also study population structure, working primarily on honey bees. These studies include microsatellite loci, SNPs, genomic and quantitative cytogenetics.
Dr. Emmanuelle Jacquin-Joly
CV
EcoSens department iEES-Paris
INRA
Versailles cedex Yveline France
emmanuelle.jacquin@versailles.inra.fr
Institute of Ecology and Environmental Sciences
My research focuses on insect chemoreception in a context of plant protection. My objectives are 1) to decipher the molecular mechanisms of olfaction and taste, focusing on chemosensory receptors, 2) to study the contribution of chemoreception to insect adaptation to new hosts and anthropic systems, 3) to investigate the evolutionary origin of insect chemosensory receptors. I am using an integrative approach from genes to behaviour, including genomics and transcriptomics approaches.
Haobo Jiang
Professor
CV
Entomology and Plant Pathology
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater Oklahoma USA
haobo.jiang@okstate.edu
Insect Molecular Biology Lab
1. Extracellular serine protease network in Manduca sexta; 2. Prophenoloxidase structure, function, activation, and regulation by serpins; 3. Insect genome, transcriptome, proteome, metabolome, and microRNA studies; 4. Other aspects of insect immunity including pathogen recognition, signal transduction, antimicrobial effectors, cellular responses, and so on. ,