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
Justin Overcash
Graduate Research Assistant
Texas A&M
College Station Texas USA
Adelman Lab
DNA double stranded break repair, manipulation of the classical non-homologous end joining pathway to achieved desired gene editing, gene drive mechanisms in Aedes aegypti & CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing techniques
David O’Brochta
Professor Emeritus
Department of Entomology; Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology Research
University of Maryland
Rockville MD United States

Before retiring from the University of Maryland in 2017 my research focused on insect molecular genetics with particular interest in the study of insects that transmit human diseases although my interests were and continue to be very broad. My interests in genetics centered around the study of transposable elements, ranging from questions concerning their basic biology and aspects of their movement to more applied question concerning their development and use as genome manipulation tools.  My insect interests were centered mainly on mosquitoes and the physiological genetics of Plasmodium infection.  I was also very interested in the development or adaptation
Joe O’Tousa
Biological Sciences
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame IN USA
O'Tousa Lab
My research focuses on the study of invertebrate visual systems. The Drosophila system has provided excellent molecular and genetic tools for this analysis. More recently we extended our studies to mosquito visual systems, specifically looking at mosquito retinal structure and the photoreceptor adaptations enabling vision and mosquito behaviors in low light environments.
Darren Obbard
Institute of Evolutionary Biology
University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh Midlothian UK

Evolutionary Genetics Genome Evolution Drosophila Insect viruses Antiviral RNAi
Brenda Oppert
Research Molecular Biologist
Stored Products Insects Research Unit
USDA Agricultural Research Service, Center for Grain and Animal Health Research
Manhattan KS USA
Although my background is protein chemistry, in 2007 our lab research focus shifted to high throughput sequencing to address functional genomics related to stored product insects. We now use sequencing in the evaluation of differential gene expression in insects fed microbial toxins or protease inhibitors, among others. We also were involved in the annotation of the Tribolium genome, particularly protease genes, and now are working with collaborators to sequence the genome of the lesser grain borer, Rhyzopertha dominica. To evaluate data from these sequencing projects, we have developed data management infrastructure and analysis algorithms for in-house bioinformatics.
Sara Oppenheim
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow
Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics
American Museum of Natural History

The evolution of host plant use and diet breadth in specialists and generalists.
Aine O’Sullivan
Department of Entomology
Penn State University
University Park PA USA
Grozinger Lab
My research is focused on how bumble bee health can be improved by implementation of different genetic technologies to mitigate the effects of abiotic and biotic stressors.
Kadri Oras
Department of Genetics
University of Cambridge
Cambridge Cambridgeshire United Kingdom
Fly facility
I do microinjections into fruit fly embryos, mainly Drosophila Melanogaster. This includes P-element insertions, CRISPR/Cas9 and integrase mediated insertions. I also balance and screen for mutations in the adult flies.
Christian Ogaugwu
Animal and Environmental Biology
Federal University Oye-Ekiti
Oye-Ekiti Ekiti State Nigeria

Control of insect pests and disease vectors using molecular techniques. Functional insect genomics.