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
Yiyuan Li
Biological Sciences
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame Indiana United States
yli19@nd.edu

I focus on Comparative Genomics, Gene Family Evolution and Bioinformatics
Jianwei Li
CMAVE
USDA-ARS
Gainesville FL USA
jli06@ufl.edu

insect gene editing and genetic sexing
Ting-Hsuan Lu
Research Assistant
Department of Entomology
National Chung Hsing University
​Taichung - ​Taiwan
thslu16@gmail.com

The sub-lethal effect of Imidacloprid to the honey bee mushroom bodies
Jaeho Lee
Dept. of Agricultural Biotechnology
Seoul National University
Seoul Seoul Republic of Korea
lucanus@snu.ac.kr
Lab of Molecular Entomology and Toxicology
RNAi, pesticide, transgenesis
Kai-Shu Ling
Research Plant Pathologist
U.S. Vegetable Laboratory
USDA-ARS
Charleston SC USA
kai.ling@ars.usda.gov

Study virus-vector interactions, epidemiology and management of insect-transmitted viral diseases, particularly whitefly-transmitted viruses in plants.
Silvia Lanzavecchia
Doctor in Science
CV
Genetics Institute
National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA)
HURLINGHAM BUENOS AIRES ARGENTINA
lanzavecchia.silvia@inta.gob.ar
LABORATORIO DE GENETICA DE INSECTOS DE IMPORTANCIA ECONÓMICA
Our scientific lines of research are focused on insect genetics, population genetics, application of molecular markers and the study of genes involved in physiological and behavioral processes. Our activities are associated to the development of environmentally-friendly control strategies against the most economically important insect pests and molecular characterization of beneficial insects.
Andrew Legan
PhD student
Neurobiology and Behavior
Cornell University
Ithaca New York United States
awl75@cornell.edu
Sheehan Lab
I am interested in major evolutionary transitions in individuality, such as the evolution of eusociality. As a graduate student, I study the primitively eusocial wasp genus Polistes, and I aim to describe the neurobiological and genomic mechanisms of chemosensation and their relevance to communication. By using a functional genetic approach in multiple paper wasp species, I hope to alter the production and perception of chemical signals in order to shed light on the function of chemical communication in social recognition, mating, and development.
Gaël Le Trionnaire
Research Scientist
Plant health and protection
INRA, France
Le Rheu Brittany France
gael.le-trionnaire@inra.fr
Ecology and Genetic of Insects
Functional Genomics in Aphids
Chih-Chi Lee
Research assistant
CV
Biodiversity Research Center
Academia Sinica
Taipei Taiwan Taiwan
supervolans@gmail.com

My research is focus on the adaption of invasive insects, from genomic approach to decipher what gene(s) aided the fire ants adapt to introduced environments. My another research topic is to reveal the transposon interaction with the host genome in social insects by investigating include transposon phylogenetic relationship, expression level of transposon, and transposon insertion position.
Sonja Lindner
Evolutionary Developmental Genetics
Georg-August-University Göttingen
Göttingen Niedersachsen Germany
sonja.lindner@uni-goettingen.de

My aim is to study the RNAi process in the red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum and to apply results to agricultural insect pests.
Erica Lindroth
Testing and Evaluation
Navy Entomology Center of Excellence
Jacksonville Florida USA
erica.j.lindroth.mil@mail.mil

My research focuses on the development and evaluation of vector control technology for military use.
kailash lipne
Research and development
Mahyco Research centre, Jalna
Jalna Maharashtra INDIA
kailash.lipne@gmail.com
Research associate
RNAi technology, Insecticidal gene discovery.
Binshuang Li
Department of Biology
University of Rochester
Rochester NY USA
binshuang.li@rochester.edu
Brisson Lab
Identifying the locus controlling wing polymorphism in male pea aphids.
feng liu
PhD student
Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
Auburn University
Auburn AL USA
fzl0009@auburn.edu
Insect Toxicology and Physiology
insect olfaction, electrophysiology and chemical ecology
zhiqiang Lu
Professor
Entomology
Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University
Yangling Shaanxi China
zhiqiang.lu@nwsuaf.edu.cn

1. Using silkworm as a model insect, we investigate the roles of reactive oxygen species in insect immune systems. 2. We are also interested in how pea aphids deal with pathogenic bacteria and fungi. 3. Proteomics analysis of parasitic wasp venom.
Wang Liuhao
School of Resource and Environment Science
Henan Institute of Science and Technology
Xinxiang Henan China
liuhaowang2007@163.com

Heat shock transcription factor of Bemisia tabaci
Ming Li
Ph.D Student
Entomology and Plant Pathology
Auburn University
Auburn Alabama United states
mzl0025@auburn.edu

Molecular mechanisms of insecticide resistance development
Kuang-HUi LU
Professor
Department of Entomology
National Chung Hsing University
Taichung Taiwan Taiwan
khlu@nchu.edu.tw
Insect Physiology and Biochemistry Laboratory
Insect Physiology, Insect Endocrinology, Insect Transgenesis
Junbo Luan
Entomology
Cornell university
Ithaca NY USA
jbluan@hotmail.com

Whitefly genetics, and molecular mechanisms of whitefly interactions with other organisms
carole long
Chief, Malaria Immunology Section
Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research
NIAID/NIH
Rockville MD USA
clong@niaid.nih.gov
Malaria Immunology Section
Immunity to malaria parasites including sexuals stages Vaccine development Field studies in Mali Studies of sexual stages of malaria parasites in culture and in the mosquito Mosquito membrane feeding assays and blocking of transmission with drugs or vaccines
Hongmei Li-Byarlay
NRC Research Fellow
CV
Entomology
North Carolina State University
Raleigh NC United States
hlibyar@ncsu.edu

I'm working on insect genomics, stress, and social behavior. My research interests include how genetic or epigenetic marks regulate gene activities in natural conditions as well as different stress conditions, or how they affects social behaviors of insects.
TRANG LE THI DIEU
Dr.
Research Institute for Biotechnology and Environment
Nong Lam University in HCMC
Thu Duc District Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
ltdtrang@hcmuaf.edu.vn
Insect Science
Insect Circadian Biology, Insect Physiology, Pesticide resistance in insect, Insect control
Philipp Lehmann
Department of Biological and Environmental Science
University of Jyväskylä
Jyväskylä Central Finland Finland
philipp.lehmann@jyu.fi

My research area covers both behavioral and physiological aspects of survival in and expansion to environments with large seasonal fluctuations. I primarily study energetic and immunity related stress responses during insect diapause in high latitude environments.
Subhash Lakhotia
Professor
Cytogenetics Laboratory, Department of Zoology
Banaras Hindu University
Varanasi UP India
lakhotia@bhu.ac.in

Major current research interests using Drosophila as the model organism: cell stress related gene expression in development, long non-coding RNAs, stress proteins in tumour development, neurodegenerative disorders, Ayurvedic Biology
Gareth Lycett
Vector
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Liverpool Merseyside UK
gareth.lycett@lstmed.ac.uk
Lycett Group
I am a vector molecular biologist whose main interests are focused on functional genetic analysis of Anopheles gambiae. The topics explored include cellular and molecular analysis of mosquito/plasmodium interactions, developing tools for conditional expression in transgenic Anophelines, regulation of gene expression in mosquito tissues, and functional genetic analysis of insecticide resistance.
Paul Linser
Professor of Cell Biology
Whitney Laboratory
University of Florida
Saint Augustine Florida USA
pjl@whitney.ufl.edu
Linser Lab
Cell biology of a number of organismal systems. In regard to mosquitoes, my group has focused on epithelial physiology and cell biology as it impacts alimentary canal function. Tools we use include transcriptomics, electrophysiology, advanced imaging (light microscopy), general molecular biology.
Vett Lloyd
Professor
Biology
Mt. Allison University
Sackville New Brunswick Canada
vlloyd@mta.ca
Lloyd Lab - Mt. Allison
Drosophila: Epigenetics, transgenerational effects, Wolbachia Ticks: Genome structure, population structure, Borrelia, bartonella
Shirley Luckhart
Professor
Medical Microbiology and Immunology
UC Davis
Davis CA United States
sluckhart@ucdavis.edu

General areas of research in the laboratory include: the molecular cell biology and biochemistry of malaria parasite transmission, the functional characterization of the immunological crosstalk and cell signaling that occurs between the mosquito and the mammalian host during bloodfeeding, and the impact of endemic co-infections on malaria parasite development and transmission. Specific research projects include: the conserved signal transduction pathways involved in anti-parasite host innate immunity; systems biology and function of immune factors and cell signaling pathways that are activated between mosquitoes and their mammalian hosts at the interface of bloodfeeding; identification and functional analyses of naturally occurring genetic polymorphisms
Yoosook Lee
Pathology, Immunology and Microbiology
University of California - Davis
Davis CA United States
yoslee@ucdavis.edu
Vector Genetics Laboratory
Population genomics of malaria vectors. Population genetics of mosquitoes
Gregory Lanzaro
Professor
Vector Genetics Laboratory, Dept. Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
University of California-Davis
Davis California United States
gclanzaro@ucdavis.edu
Vector Genetics Lab
My research background is in insect population genetics with a focus on insect vectors of human disease. Recently I have been moving from classical population genetics to population genomics and bioinformatics. Our current emphasis has largely shifted from using genetic markers, such as microsatellite DNA and SNPs, to next generation sequencing, allowing us to analyze the genetics of populations by studying diversity at the individual mosquito whole genome level. Our work can be considered on two levels: (i) as contributing to an improved understanding of disease transmission and control and (ii) basic evolutionary genetics addressing issues involving the evolution of
Brian Lovett
Graduate Student
Entomology Department
University of Maryland
College Park MD United States
lovettbr@umd.edu
St. Leger Lab
Brian Lovett is a PhD student studying mycology and genetics in agricultural and vector biology systems. He is currently working on projects analyzing mycorrhizal interactions in agricultural systems and the transcriptomics of malaria vector mosquitoes.
Ting Li
Research Associate
Entomology and Plant Pathology
Auburn University
Auburn AL USA
tzl0001@auburn.edu

Different mechanisms of insecticide resistance in mosquitoes.
LEI LIU
Associate Research Scientist
Infectious Diseases
Yale University
New Haven CT USA
lei.liu.ll69@yale.edu

My works are focus on seeking solutions to the problem of arthropod-borne infectious diseases and advancing our molecular understanding of how these pathogens infect their vectors and is therefore a critical step forward in our development of new approaches to control the prevalence of infected vectors.
Dr. Marcé Lorenzen
Assistant Professor
faculty
Department of Entomology
North Carolina State University
Raleigh NC United States
marce_lorenzen@ncsu.edu
Marce Lorenzen Lab
To elucidate the molecular mechanism that underlies a class of novel selfish-genetic element found only in Tribolium. Due to the selfish behavior of these elements they have potential as gene "drivers" to push pesticide susceptibility into populations of insect pests of crops, or vector incompetence into populations of insect vectors of disease.