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
Karthikeyan Ramiaah
Biological Sciences and Bio Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
Kanpur Uttarpradesh India
krthkyn@iitk.ac.in
Brain Lab
I will be focussing on using latest genetic engineering tools to edit the genes that code for olfactory receptors. Especially CRISPR cas9 mediated genome editing.
Aravintharaj R
Biotechnology
Indian Institute of Horticultural Research
Bangalore Karnataka INDIA
aaravindr@gmail.com

Insect vector Transmitting viruses.
Olena Riabinina
MRC Clinical Sciences Centre
Imperial College London
London London UK
oriabinina@gmail.com

I am interested in sensory neuroscience and genetics. I have introduced the Q-system into A. gambiae to study olfactory processing in these mosquitoes. I also play around with flies.
Ellango R
Research Associate
CV
Biotechnology (Molecular Entomologist)
ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research
Bangalore Karnataka India
ellango85@gmail.com
Biopesticide Lab
I am presently working to develop Artificial MicroRNA (amiRNA) mediated management of Agriculture Insect pest.
Robert Reed
Associate Professor
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Cornell University
Ithaca New York United States
robertreed@cornell.edu
Reed Lab
Our lab studies the evolution and development of butterfly wing patterns.
Ronny Rosner
Institute of Neuroscience
Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle upon Tyne England,  United Kingdom
ronny.rosner@ncl.ac.uk

I am neurophysiologist and am working on stereoscopic vision in the praying mantis.
Loic Revuelta
Senior Scientist (Insect Scientist)
Research & Development
Oxitec
Abingdon Oxfordshire United Kingdom
loicrl@gmail.com

I am interested in all areas of molecular entomology and insect biotechnology that could provide a basis for the research of novel insect control strategies. My current research focuses on the design and creation of transgenic Diptera for use in the field. My efforts encompass production, testing and support of all rearing aspects - including development of new rearing approaches - and also the molecular biology for the design of the genetic constructs for transformation.
Imran Rauf
Senior Scientist
Agriculture biotechnology Division
National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering
Faisalabad Punjab Pakistan
juniper_786@hotmail.com
Insect Molecular Biology Lab
My research is focus on RNA interference. I am working to develop insect resistant plants by using RNAi and other insecticidal technologies.
Kumaresan Ramanathan
Associate Professor
CV
Biochemistry Unit,Institute of Biomedical Science,College of Health Sciences
Mekelle University (Ayder Campus)
Mekelle Tigray Region Ethiopia
kumaresanramanatha@gmail.com
Biomarkers Research Lab
1. Study on Regulation of Low Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol Metabolism using PCSK9 Gene Silencing Initially we have done this study in computational approach and the results were quite interesting. Background & Aim: With nearly 32.4 million people are affected every year with Myocardial infarction (MI), Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD) and strokes in chronic kidney disease (CKD) due to abnormal lipid metabolism. Combating and preventing abnormality in lipid metabolism becomes a pivotal criteria for research. Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) is a circulating protein, it promotes the degradation of low density lipoprotein receptors (LDL-R) and hence increases LDL-C levels. Mutations that block the
Isobel Ronai
CV
School of Biological Sciences
The University of Sydney
Sydney NSW Australia
isobel.ronai@sydney.edu.au
Behaviour and Genetics of Social Insects Laboratory
My Ph.D. project is on the genetic and mechanistic basis of worker sterility in the honey bee.
Ewan Richardson
Mr
Biochemistry and Crop Protection
Rothamsted
Brighton Sussex United Kingdom
ewan.richardson@rothamsted.ac.uk

I study the mutations underlying resistance to Diamide insecticides amongst moths. Much of my work revolves around structural study of the Ryanodine Receptor, a calcium channel of major importance in all animals. I use transgenesis to explore the impact of Ryanodine Receptor mutations on pesticide resistance in moths, and to determine whether the same effects can be established in other insect orders.
Sandra Rehan
Assistant Professor of Genome Enabled Biology
Biological Sciences
University of New Hampshire
Durham New Hampshire USA
sandra.rehan@unh.edu
UNH Bee Lab
My research focus is social evolution and genetics. I have a special interest in the origin and evolution of social behavior in bees. The lab has three main foci: molecular phylogeny, behavioral ecology and comparative genomics. We employ these three levels of biological integration to study social complexity at multiple evolutionary scales.
Rolando Rivera-Pomar
Professor and Investigator
Centro de Bioinvestigaciones
Universidad Nacional del Noroeste de Buenos Aires / National Science and Technology Research Council (CONICET)
Centro Regional de Estudios Genómicos
Pergamino Buenos Aires Argentina
rrivera@unnoba.edu.ar
Genetics and functional genomics
Our laboratory is interested in comparative genomics of insects. We study early developmental genes and their regulation with a focus on the segmentation process, insecticide resistance-related genes, and small peptides and neuropeptides in different insect species, some of them of medical and agricultural interest.
Jacob Riveron
Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Vector Biology
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Liverpool Merseyside United Kingdom
jacob.riveron@lstmed.ac.uk
Vector Biology -LSTM
My current research focus is on understanding the molecular basis underlying the insecticide resistance in the African malaria-mosquito, Anopheles funestus, using functional analyses. I also have interest in the functional characterization of genes involved in insecticide resistance in agricultural pests, in insect behavior, and in the elucidation of the molecular basis of the olfaction in Drosophila melanogaster and in malaria and dengue vectors.
Kalindu Ramyasoma
Post Graduate Student
CV
Department of Chemistry
Faculty of Science, University of Colombo
Colombo 03 Western Province Sri Lanka
kd.ramyasoma@gmail.com
Biotechnology Laboratory
My research interest focused to engineering RNA interference based resistant to all Dengue serotypes in Aedes aegypti vector mosquitos using transgenic technology. Genetic manipulation of Aedes mosquitos express RNAi genes in mosquito tissues under control of tissue specific promoters and genes repress or inhibits the expression of dengue viral proteins.
Akhtar Rasool
Assistant Professor
Centre for Animal Sciences and Fisheries
University of Swat
Mingora, Swat Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan
akhtarrasool@hotmail.com
Insect Molecular Biology Lab
I am interested in insect molecular biology mainly, insect evolved resistance mechanisms against chemical and biological insecticides. My research focuses is lepidopteran pests, one of the diverse pest insect order and which have threaten agriculture because they have evolved resistance to a wide range of pesticides.
Paula Roy
PhD Aspirant
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Kansas
Lawrence KS United States
paularoy@ku.edu

The genetics of the behavior of Drosophila courtship.
Claudio Ramirez
Associate Professor
Instituto de Ciencias Biológicas
Universidad de Talca
Talca Talca Chile
clramirez@utalca.cl
Laboratorio de Interacciones Insecto-Planta
I am interested on insect-plant interactions emphasizing proximal (ecological) and distal (evolutionary) causes. This approach is intended to elucidate insect herbivory patterns in native and productive systems. From the proximal point of view, I have been studying behavioural and morphological mechanisms underlying insect-feeding patterns, as well as plant responses to insect herbivory. Concerning distal causes, I am looking for experimental or co-relational association between proximal causes and reproductive output, as well as their phylogenetic associations.
Valentina Resnik
Intitut für Bienenkunde, Oberursel
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
Oberusel Hessen Germany
valentinaresnik@gmx.de

Comparative analysis of metabotropic transmitter receptors in the honeybee and its external parasitic mite Varroa destructor
Helena Richardson
Group Leader
CV
Research
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Melbourne V ictoria Australia
Drh_richardson@yahoo.com.au
Cell cycle and development lab
My research ulilizes the vinegar fly, Drosophila, to model tumourigenesis, with the vision of understanding how regulators of cell polarity and the actin cytoskeleton impact on cell signalling and cell proliferation, a field in which she is internationally recognised. She collaborates with mammalian researchers to translate her findings to mouse and human cancer models.
Rodney Richardson
Department of Entomology
The Ohio State University
Columbus  Ohio USA
richardson.827@osu.edu

My research efforts focus on issues pertaining to toxicology and immunology in the European honey bee. Specifically, I am interested in the discovery and mechanistic explanation of how environmentally encountered xenobiotics affect insect immune function.
George Roderick
Professor and Chair
Environmental Science
UC Berkeley
Berkeley CA USA
roderick@berkeley.edu

Invasive species, population biology, biodiversity, sustainability
John Rebers
Department Head
CV
Biology
Northern Michigan University
Marquette MI USA
jrebers@nmu.edu

Structure of arthropod cuticular proteins, particularly as related to chitin binding.
Bhaskar Roy
Dr.
CV
BGI- shenzhen , Beijing Research Institute
BGI, Beijing Research Institute
BGI, Beijing Genome Institute
Shenzhen  Shenzhen China
linkbhaskar@gmail.com
BGI
Insect Molecular Biology,Cancer Biology ,
Mark Rheault
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
University of British Columbia
Kelowna British Columbia Canada
mark.rheault@ubc.ca
Rheault Lab
Our lab strives to understand how transporting epithelia of insects such as the, salivary glands, midgut, Malpighian tubules, hindgut and anal papillae of various insects play a role in the ionoregulation, osmoregulation, and the excretion of potentially toxic endogeneous or exogenous compounds. In order to elucidate mechanisms responsible for these phenomena our lab uses an integrative approach which includes gene level to to whole organism studies.
Rahul Rane
Genetics
Bio21, University of Melbourne
Parkville VIC Australia
rahulvrane@gmail.com
Hoffman Lab
My project mainly revolves around tracking the genomic basis of climate adaptation and by extension inspecting adaptive capacity under a climate change model using high throughput ‘next-generation’ sequencing. I study multiple Drosophila species as a result (Sophophora as well as the Repleta group) to ask whether with an increase in global temperatures, will different species adapt to changing conditions on a genomic level? Also what intra and inter specific changes will define this adaptive capacity for ecologically important traits as heat and desiccation tolerance. Along with this I am also developing Drosophila specific softwares and pipelines for accurate and efficient assembly
Abbasali Raz
Dr
CV
Biotechnology research center- Malaria and Vector Research Group
Pasteur Institute of Iran
Tehran Tehran Iran
raz.biotech@gmail.com
Malaria and Vector Research Group
- Insect functional genomics - Malaria vaccine development - Molecular diagnostic approaches - 3'- 5'-RACE
Ada Rafaeli
Associate Director , Prof.
Academic Affairs and International Cooperation
Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center
Bet Dagan NONE ISRAEL
vtada@volcani.agri.gov.il
Insect Physiology Lab, Department of food quality and safety
Physiological, biochemical and molecular regulatory mechanisms of insect reproductive behavior, particularly in lepidopterans
Leonard Rabinow
professor
Biology
Univ. Paris Sud
Orsay none France
leonard.rabinow@u-psud.fr

Regulation of sex determination, apoptosis, and signal transduction via phosphorylation by LAMMER protein kinases
Julie Reynolds
Postdoctoral Researcher
Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology
Ohio State University
Columbus OH USA
reynolds.473@osu.edu
Postdoctoral Researcher
Molecular, Biochemical, and Physiological aspects of diapause.
Gene Robinson
Swanlund Chair of Entomology
Department of Entomology and Institute for Genomic Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana IL USA
generobi@illinois.edu
Robinson Lab
Robinson uses genomics and systems biology to study the mechanisms and evolution of social life. His principal model system is the Western honey bee, Apis mellifera, along with other species of bees. The goal is to explain the function and evolution of behavioral mechanisms that integrate the activity of individuals in a society, neural and neuroendocrine mechanisms that regulate behavior within the brain of the individual, and the genes that influence social behavior. Research focuses on division of labor, aggression, and the famous dance language, a system of symbolic communication. Current projects include: 1) nutritional regulation of brain gene expression
Josephine Reinhardt
Postdoctoral Fellow
CV
Department of Biology
University of Maryland College Park
College Park MD USA
reinharj@umd.edu
http://igtrcn.org/participant/gerald-wilkinson/
I am currently studying several aspects of the genomics of stalk-eyed flies (Teleopsis dalmanni), which are best known as a model for sexual selection and meiotic drive. Recently, it was also discovered the T. dalmanni have a sex chromosome distinct from both the ancestral X and the X in Drosophila, making them an interesting comparative model for aspects of sex-chromosome evolution. We recently released a transcriptome assembly as part of an analysis that identified genes that are differentially regulated in males carrying a driving sex chromosome. We are currently assembling and annotating the T. dalmanni genome.
William Reid
Post Doctoral Associate
CV
Entomology
University of Maryland
IBBR
Rockville MD USA
wzr0005@tigermail.auburn.edu
O'Brochta lab
Working with forward genetic technologies in Anopheles stephensi