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
philip Ndaloma
Plant and Soil Sciences
Cuttington University
Monrovia Gbarnga  Liberia

Climate change impact on the re-occurrence of army worm
Derric Nimmo
Product Development Manager
Public Health Research
Abingdon Milton Park United Kingdom

My career has given me a broad background in insect and parasite molecular biology. My PhD. looked for novel mechanisms of drug resistance in Leishmania sp. leading to postdoctoral work that concentrated on the genetic transformation of mosquitoes (Ae. aegypti, An, stephensi and An, gambiae) and the development of site-specific integration systems for genes. I started at Oxitec in 2005 as Head of Public Health Research with the aim of developing new RIDL systems in mosquitoes, supported by a Gates grant of $5 million. From this work we produced the new products in mosquitoes and published this work in Nature
Punya Nachappa
Assistant Professor
Indiana University-Purdue University
Fort Wayne Indiana United States

My research seeks to understand the ecological consequences and molecular mechanisms underlying the interactions between plants, pathogens, and insect vectors. The two key questions of my research program are: (1) how do pathogens affect biology and ecology of their hosts including, insects and plants? and (2) what plant and/or insect responses mediate plant-pathogen-vector interactions?
Aline Edith Noutcha
Dr- Senior Lecturer
Entomology & Pest Management Unit, Department of Animal & Environmental Biology
University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Port Harcourt Rivers State Nigeria
Entomology & Pest Management Research Lab
Understanding Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases eg: Malaria, Filariases (Epidemiology, Immunology, Parasitology, Genomics, Entomology, Cytogenetics, Cell Biology) Prevention & Control of Vector Borne Infectious Diseases (Community Education on Basic Control Practices and Healthy Life Styles, Good Environmental Practices; Inventory of Cultural Control Methods among various communities; Determination of factors affecting compliance of imported/prescribed control approaches). Monitoring Resistance phenomena in Insect & Parasites.
Rocio Ng
Ecology and Evolution
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook New York United States

My thesis work involves investigating the phenotypic evolution of pigmentation traits in natural populations of Drosophila melanogaster. Pigmentation is the most striking feature of many organisms and often exhibit high levels of diversity within and between species. In addition, pigmentation may play a role in multiple adaptations and be subject to diverse selection pressures. For my dissertation, I am employing a candidate gene approach to illuminate how the melanin pathway genes pale and ebony may be contributing to variation in pigmentation traits in natural populations of Drosophila melanogaster in the United States. The pale gene
Muhammad Tayyib Naseem
Agriculture Biotechnology Division
National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering
Faisalabad Punjab Pakistan
Muhammad Naseem
DNA based identification of aphid species and vector-virus association analysis of aphid borne luteovirus
Kevin Nyberg
University of Maryland, College Park
College Park MD USA

I am currently researching the expression and evolution of long noncoding RNAs in the genus Drosophila.
Carlos Gustavo Nunes Silva
Department of Genetics
Universidade Federal do Amazonas
Manaus Amazonas Brazil
Lab. DNA technologies
Roya Nasirian
Plant Protection
University of Mohaghegh Ardabili

Investigate digestive enzymes
Soren Nylin
Stockholm University
Stockholm Stockholm Sweden

Seasonal adaptations, life history, life cycle regulation in butterflies. Insect-plant relationships.
Parasitology and Mycology
Paris Paris 15 France

My researches are focused on host-pathogen interactions in African malaria mosquito. Transgenic tools to fight malaria Modification of Tribolium castaneum and Sitophilus oryzae for SIT control
Neetha Nanoth Vellichirammal
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Entomology
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln NE USA

I am a Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Entomology, University of Nebraska- Lincoln, working with non-model insects. I am broadly interested in understanding the genetics of complex phenotypes. I work with pea aphids that are excellent laboratory models to investigate environmental control of developmental plasticity. I also work with economically important pests of corn including European corn borer and Western corn rootworm. My research revolves around understanding complex biological processes for example, maternal signals contributing to developmental plasticity in pea aphids, understanding mechanisms of insect resistance to transgenic plants and developing novel pest control mechanisms using genome editing.
Taro Nakamura
Post-Doc / Ph.D
Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Harvard University
Cambridge MA USA
Extavour lab
Insect development and evolution / Live imaging with transgenic cricket, Gryllus bimaculatus / Gene modification (Knock-in and Knock-out) with CRISPR/Cas system and TALENs in Gryllus / Transgenics using piggyBac transposase /
Lien Thi Phuong Nguyen
Insect Ecology Department
Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources
Hanoi Hanoi Vietnam

My work is focusing on the inventory of hymenopterans and their ecology and behavior, especially wasps of the family Vespidae, bees of the family Apidae and ants of the family Formicidae, concentrating on the conservation of various areas within Vietnam such as limestone forest and mangrove forest.
Girish Neelakanta
Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
Center for Molecular Medicine, Department of Biological Sciences
Old Dominion University
Norfolk VA USA
Neelakanta Lab
My laboratory studies host-microbe interactions at the molecular level. Current focus is to understand interactions of vector-borne pathogens with their arthropod vectors (both hard and soft ticks) and their mammalian hosts. In addition, we study several aspects of vector biology in terms of understanding arthropod feeding, behavior to environment stimuli and symbiosis with microbes. We use combination of genetics, molecular biology, genomics, immunology, cell biology and microbiology approaches to decipher important aspects of these interactions.
Syed Hasan Zarain shah Naqvi
Research and Development Coordinator at Evyol Group, Pakistan
nankana sahib punjab, pakistan pakistan

Insect molecular biology and genetics. IPM. Rearing Techniques for different insect pests like Helicoverpa armigera, Pieris brasicae in Laboratory LABORATORY STUDIES OF BIOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS AND BIOCHEMICAL ANALYSIS OF GLYCOGEN, TOTAL SUGAR AND LIPID LEVELS OF ECTO PARASITOID BRACON HEBETOR (SAY.) (HYMENOPTERA: BRACONIDAE)
Iliya Ndams
Department of Zoology
Ahmadu Bello University Zaria
Zaria Kaduna State Nigeria
Parasitology/Entomology Research Laboratory
Ecology and control of mosquitoes, tseste fly, blackfly, sandfly
Andrew Nuss
Assistant Professor
Agriculture, Nutrition, and Veterinary Science
University of Nevada Reno
Reno Nevada United States of America
Nuss Lab
My research interests mainly are focused on the physiology of neurohormonal signaling in insects of agricultural, medical, and veterinary importance. I am particularly interested in peptide hormones of the gut and their role in insect behavior, digestion, and nutrient storage. Projects include insecticide discovery by targeting peptide receptors and physiological functions of peptide hormones produced in the insect gut and nervous system. I am also interested in mosquito olfaction and the factors that allow certain species to discriminate between feeding on humans and other animals.
Usha Nagarajan
Assistant Professor (Research)
School of Chemical and Biotechnology(SCBT)
SASTRA University, Thanjavur, India
Fly Lab
All multicellular organisms of defined size and growth possess well organized individual cells in the form of epithelial sheets, with precisely regulated mechanisms of cell proliferation and cell morphogenesis. These processes are co-ordinated by interaction between various signaling cascades. Disruption or dysfunction of any of these signaling components leads to drastic events that eventually lead to growth defects and tumorigenesis. We use Drosophila melanogaster (commonly called Fruit Fly) as our model system to study these processes in-vivo. It is a powerful model system to study the biological function of novel/unknown genes and also to undertake genetic screens to identify novel interacting
Chandrakant Narkhede
Department of biochemistry
North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, (M.S) India
Jalgaon Maharashtra India

Combination formulation development, ecotoxicity, green synthesis, Biodegradation, Biocontrol agent