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
Sujai Kumar
Institute of Evolutionary Biology
University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh Edinburgh United Kingdom
Blaxter Lab
Building a lepidopteran genome analysis and interrogation environment
Dr. Thomas Kaufman
Distinguished Professor of Biology
Department of Biology
Indiana University Bloomington
Bloomington IN USA
Kaufman Lab
Using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, the long-term goal of our laboratory is to contribute to an understanding of the genetic basis of the developmental program of higher organisms. The homeotic genes, which play a crucial role in development, have been our principal locus. Our research areas include chromatin, chromosomes, and genome integrity; developmental mechanisms and regulation in eukaryotic systems; and eukaryotic cell biology, cytoskeleton and signaling.
Fotini Koutroumpa
INRA Versailles
Versailles Ille de France France

I am interested in the characterization of genes involved in insects' chemosensation and particularly the ones involved in pheromone and food perception
yosra khalfallah
PhD student
university of Tunis el manar
Djerba Medenine Tunisia
génomique des insectes ravageurs des cultures à intéret agronomique
microRNAs implicate in plant pathogen interactions
Jie Hung, Patricia King
Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Universiti Putra Malaysia
Bintulu, Sarawak Not Applicable Malaysia
Functional Genomics
Termite digestome: unravelling its enzymes repertoires and secondary metabolites through metatranscriptomes and proteomic analysis; and investigate its gut microbiota using metagenomics approach
Michael Kanost
Distinguished Professor
Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
Kansas State University
Manhattan KS USA
Kanost lab
My laboratory is investigating proteins present in the hemolymph (blood) of insects, with special interest in the proteins' functions in the insect immune system. We are studying plasma proteins, including prophenoloxidase, serine proteases, protease inhibitors from the serpin superfamily, and proteins that bind to microbial polysaccharides. The long range goal is to understand the biochemical and cellular processes by which insect immune systems recognize and respond to pathogens and parasites. We also investigate the biochemistry of cuticle proteins and their roles in determining mechanical properties of insect exoskeletons. A third current research area is the biochemistry of multicopper oxidases in
Takahiro Kikawada
Principal Researcher/ Associate Professor
Insect Mimetics Research Unit
National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences (Japan)/ The University of Tokyo
Tsukuba Ibaraki Japan
Anhydrobiosis Research Group- Kikawada Lab
We study the molecular mechanisms underlying an extreme desiccation tolerance, anhydrobiosis in the African midge, Polypedilum vanderplanki, which can revive even if they are completely dehydrated. In the process of this study, we identified several key genes involved in anhydrobiosis, such as LEA proteins and trehalose transporters. Now we have started integrative omics projects of the midge to understand comprehensively the mechanisms.
Dimitrios Kontogiannatos
Biotechnology Department
Agricultural University of Athens
Athens Attika Greece

I am studying the use of RNAi technology in several aspects of Insect Science, like functional genomics, endocrinology and pest management (Baculovirus, bacterial-mediated dsRNA delivery and direct transfer of dsRNAs) in the Lepidopteran species Sesamia nonagrioides.  I am also working with insect cell lines and baculovirus technology in order to express and biochemically characterize important developmental genes of several insect pests. 
Panagiota Koskinioti
Biochemistry & Biotechnology
University of Thessaly
Larissa Thessaly Greece

My research focuses on the role of the host preference and the presence of symbionts in the genetic profile of the Mediterranean fruit fly.
Donghun Kim
Graduate Research Assistant
Kansas State University
Manhattan KS USA
Arthropod Molecular Physiology Laboratory
I am now pursuing my PhD under the guidance of Dr. Yoonseong Park in the department of Entomology at Kansas State University. My PhD research is to investigate physiological mechanism of tick salivary secretion by using heterologous expression system, pharmacological /physiological technique and NGS analysis.
Maaria Kankare
Academy Fellow
Department of Biological and Environmental Science
University of Jyvaskyla
Jyvaskyla Keski-Suomi Finland
Evolutionary Genetics
My research interests are focused on the adaptation to northern conditions at the genetic and genomic levels. Current work is directed to the role of alternative splicing in candidate genes in life-history traits involved in adaptation to seasonally varying environment.
JohnsonkeW Kinyua
Department of Biochemistry
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
Nairobi Kiambu Kenya

Development of transmission blocking vaccines
Pavan kumar
Molecular Ecology
Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research
Ithaca New York United States
Jander lab
1. Improving the potato tuber yield and quality. 2. Decoding the ecological role of plant defensive metabolites. 3. Elucidation of insect detoxification strategies.
Dongho Kim
Seoul  N/A S. Korea
RNAi/insect/plant/dsRNA production/dsRNA formulation/insectcide/herbicide/functional genomics
Takashi Kiuchi
Assistant Professor
Department of Agricultural and Environmental Biology
Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo
Bunkyo-ku Tokyo Japan
Laboratory of Insect Genetics and Bioscience
Sex determination, Diapause, Host plant preference
Neha Kulkarni
Department of Bioinformatics, Savitribai Phule Pune University (University of Pune)
Pune Maharashtra India

Singo Kikuta
Assistant Professor
Graduate School of Bio-Applications & Systems Engineering (BASE)
Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
Koganei Tokyo Japan

I study the molecular/cellular dynamics involved in insect physiology using fluorescent proteins. My research is to understand transportation of sugars, metabolites or small molecules such as hormone. I develop genetically encoded FRET-based sensors to detect, visualize, and quantify circulating molecules in the hemolymph. And also, I am interested in the gene transfer technologies against non-model organisms to understand specialized characteristics in themselves.
Clement Kent
Senior Scientist
Janelia Research Campus
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Ashburn VA USA
Heberlein Lab
Insect behavior genetics, genomics, and population genomics. Research foci in Drosophila melanogaster and Apis mellifera.
Woo Jae Kim
Assistant Professor
Cellular and Molecular Medicine
University of Ottawa
Ottawa ON Canada
Kim lab
In short, the Kim lab is seeking for the fundamental mechanisms how specific neural circuits lead to certain behaviors. We use tiny insect Drosophila melanogaster to answer this question. Dr. Kim has established two behavioral paradigm called ‘Longer-Mating-Duration’ and ‘Shorter-Mating-Duration’. In short term, the Kim lab will focus on identifying functional neural circuits, genetic components, and sensory modality for these behaviors. In mid term, the Kim lab would expand the behavioral repertoires by establishment of automated quantification system of behavior. Beyond this, the Kim lab will establish automated optogenetic & thermogenetic behavioral manipulation system. With the advantage of strong genetic
Rebijith K B
Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)
Auckland Auckland New Zealand

My aim is to continue my work on the cutting-edge researchable areas of Molecular Entomology such as RNAi in insect pest management, Small RNAs: their diversity, roles and practical uses, Potential application of CRISPR/Cas9 to control insect pests etc. Moreover, I will strive to work into the real problems of farmers and develop procedures and novel techniques for solving their problems and improving the efficacy of production