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.


A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Participant Contact Research Focus
Sethuraman Veeran
Department of Insect Toxicology
South China Agricultural University
Guangzhou Guangdong China
sethuramanbio@gmail.com

Working on Autophagy, Apoptosis cell death and cell signaling pathways mechanisms in Lepidopteron insect In-vivo and In-vitro. I am also interested and working in understanding the molecular mechanism underlying the process of Nucleophagy, my findings demonstrate for the first time “Nucleophagy or Nuclear Autophagy” in insect cell. Insect virus host interactions, isolations of new baculoviruses (NPV and Gv) and Entomopox viruses for biological control. Enhancing the effectiveness of nucleopolyhedroviruses through incorporation of enhancing inclusion proteins by midgut damage and other mechanisms.
Farkhanda Manzoor
prof
CV
zoology
Lahore college for women university, Lahore
LAHORE PUNJAB Pakistan
doc_farkhanda@yahoo.com
Entomology Research Lab
She is known for her research on Taxonomy, biology and integrated management (control) of urban insect pests such as termites, mosquitoes, cockroaches, ants etc. She has introduced termite baiting in Pakistan and has been working with resistance to insecticides against mosquitoes, cockroaches and flies.
Fotini Koutroumpa
ECOSENS, iEES-Paris
INRA Versailles
Versailles Ille de France France
fotini.koutroumpa@gmail.com

I am interested in the characterization of genes involved in insects' chemosensation and particularly the ones involved in pheromone and food perception
Lucia Proietti
CV
Zoology
Central University of Venezuela
Hialeah  Florida USA
proietti.dempaire@gmail.com

In my bachelor degree ( from Central University of Venezuela): I worked with Trypanosoma evansi and then I got some ability in trypanosomes diagnosis by PCR and supported the experiments about recombinant protein between T vivax cysteine protease and HSP70. In my PhD (from Ferrara University, Italy): I worked with T brucei 6PGDH. I studied:
Isabella Schember
Biochemistry
University at Buffalo-SUNY
Buffalo NY USA
ilschemb@buffalo.edu
Halfon Lab, PhD candidate
I am currently a PhD candidate and I am interested in studying gene regulatory network evolution and regulatory genomics of various insects.
Maria Soto-Aguilar
Project Scientist
Department of Plant Pathology
University of California, Davis
Davis CA United States
msotoaguilar@ucdavis.edu

plant-pathogen-vector interaction
Kaylen Brzezinski
Department of Biology
Carleton University
Ottawa Ontario Canada
kaylenbrzezinski@cmail.carleton.ca
MacMillan Lab
My research focuses on how temperature (mainly cold stress) affects paracellular barrier permeability in gut epithelia.
Anna Crist
Genomes and Genetics
Institut Pasteur
Paris Ile de france France
anna-beth.crist@pasteur.fr

Genetic modification of mosquitoes and nematodes
David Arnosti
Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI USA
arnosti@msu.edu

Our research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of transcriptional regulation in the context of Drosophila development. We utilize genetic and molecular biological approaches to study the role of enhancers in regulation of signaling and patterning circuits, including insulin signaling, retinoblastoma-mediated control of growth related genes, and chromatin-modulating complexes important for development. Evolutionary perspectives lead us to consider how these processes are active in non-model insects, as well as vertebrates.
Courtney Clark-Hachtel
Doctoral Candidate
CV
Department of Biology
Miami Univerisity
Oxford OH United States
clarkcm6@miamioh.edu

Studying the evolutionary origin of the novel insect wing using various arthropods.
Oliver Siehler
Dept. of Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
The Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jerusalem Jerusalem Israel
oliver.siehler@gmx.de

Social and Neuroanatomical aspects of social entrainment
Dylan Shropshire
Biological Sciences
Vanderbilt University
Nashville TN United States
dylan.shropshire@vanderbilt.edu

Endosymbiont genetics
Rocio Elisa Yanes Ruano
CV
MOSCAMED
Guatemala Department of Agriculture
San Miguel Petapa Guatemala Guatemala
reyr66@gmail.com
San miguel Petapa Facilities
Anastrepha Ludens Ceratitis Capitata
Jennina Taylor-Wells
Research Scientist
Research and Development
Oxitec Ltd
Abingdon Oxfordshire England, United Kingdom
jennina.taylor-wells@oxitec.com
Oxitec Ltd
My research focus encompasses the design and creation of transgenic mosquitoes for novel vector control strategies. I am interested in novel molecular biology developments for the improved design of plasmids for insect transformation, research developments in transformation efficiency and new technologies relating to insect mass rearing.
Joanna Kotwica-Rolinska
PhD
Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics
Institute of Entomology, Biology Centre , Czech Academy of Sciences
Ceske Budejovice  ‎South Bohemia Czech Republic
askako@entu.cas.cz
Laboratory of Molecular Chronobiology
We are interested in isnsect seasonality which includes hormonal regulation of adult diapause, architecture of the photoperiodic timer (at molecular, genetic and cellular levels), and it's connection to the circadian clock.
Ewald Große-Wilde
Evolutionary Neuroethology
MPI for Chemical Ecology
Jena Thüringen Germany
ewald.grosse.wilde@gmail.com

Arthropod chemosensation.
Kathryn Weglarz
Biology
Utah State University
Logan UT USA
kathryn.weglarz@usu.edu

I study genome evolution in insect symbionts.
Lucille Kohlenberg
BME
UW Madison
Madison WI USA
lkohlenberg@wisc.edu

Genome Engineering
Thanga Suja Srinivasan
Dr.
CV
Plant Biotechnology Lab
Sathyabama University, India
Chennai Tamil Nadu India
sujasree07@gmail.com
Plant Biotechnology Lab
Thanga Suja Srinivasan Researcher Plant Molecular Biology lab Sathyabama University, Chennai 06/July/2017 Research area: My research focuses on rice- planthopper interaction mechanism. Numerous resistant genes and QTL`s have been identified in rice for planthopper management. However the plant- and leafhoppers are able to adapt to the resistant genes within a few years of deployment and the exact mechanism of hopper adaptation to resistant genes is still not well known. The primary objective of the lab is to study the mechanism of hopper resistance and to develop strategies for a durable, broad spectrum and eco-friendly pest management approach. For achieving the primary goal both plant induced response
Mamidala Praveen
Associate Professor
CV
Biotechnology
Telangana University
Nizamabad Telangana India
pmamidala@gmail.com
Laboratory of Functional Genomics
Functional genomics in non-model organisms
Atif Manzoor
Assistant Professor (IPFP, HEC)
Agricultural Biotechnology Division
National Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering
Faisalabad Pujnab Pakistan
atif1903@yahoo.com

My basic research interests are the proteomic and transcriptomic studies of parasitoid venoms and isolation of bioactive genes present in the venom glands.
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.
Johan Ariff Mohtar
Mr
CV
Department of Chemical Engineering Technology (Industrial Biotechnology)
Universiti Malaysia Perlis
Kampus UniCiti Alam, Sungai Chuchuh, Padang Besar Perlis Malaysia
joarach82@gmail.com
Tissue Culture and Biomolecular Laboratory
For the past two years, I have been engaging in the spider silk research for tissue engineering application. Spider silk gland from the basal lineage of spider species provides a promising platform as a potential bioreactor for recombinant protein production. I am pursuing a PhD study in the effort of developing transgenic social spiders for such purpose
Neal Dittmer
Research Assistant Professor
Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
Kansas State University
Manhattan Kansas USA
ndittmer@ksu.edu

I’m interested in exploring how insects make their cuticle (exoskeleton). My main focus is on the proteins present in the cuticle and how they differ between cuticle that is hard versus cuticle that is flexible. I am also interested on how these cuticular proteins may be cross-linked together to help stabilize the cuticle (a process known as sclerotization). One important enzyme in this process is laccase, a member of the multicopper oxidase (MCO) family. Many insects have multiple MCO genes and their physiological functions are unknown but likely extend beyond sclerotization. Understanding how the insect cuticle is made may lead
Aravintharaj R
Biotechnology
Indian Institute of Horticultural Research
Bangalore Karnataka INDIA
aaravindr@gmail.com

Insect vector Transmitting viruses.
Richard Baxter
Assistant Professor
Chemistry
Yale University
New Haven CT USA
richard.baxter@yale.edu
Baxterlab
Current research within my laboratory includes the innate immune system of insect disease vectors, inhibitors of insect transglutaminases, and structural approaches for the design of novel peptide scaffolds and catalysts.
Kristal Watrous
Assistant Specialist
CV
Entomology
University of California, Riverside
Riverside CA USA
kristal.watrous@ucr.edu
Woodard Lab
I am working at the interface of pollination biology and molecular research. I study the behavior and biology of solitary and social bees native to North America, and how nutritional availability and diversity affects their physiology, gene expression, and measures of survival. I am working on laboratory rearing techniques for bumble bee species in order to bring ecological and natural history questions into the lab for experimental manipulation.
Pratibha Srivastava
Biological Scientist IV
CV
Division of Plant Industry
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Gainesville Florida USA
pratibha.srivastava@freshfromflorida.com

Our goal is to increase identification capacity and strengthen detection technology, for pests of regulatory significance. Our objective is to improve all aspects of early detection technologies and resources and to develop or improve detection tests and identification capacity for species in a wide range of taxonomic groups containing high priority pests.
Alexander Piper
Research Scientist
Invertebrates and Weed Sciences
Agriculture Victoria Research
Bundoora VIC Australia
alexander.piper@ecodev.vic.gov.au
Chemical Ecology lab
My research focusses on fungal symbionts of pest insects and how microbial volatiles can mediate insect behaviour
Maria Kupper
Doctor of Science
CV
Chair of Microbiology
University of Wuerzburg
Wuerzburg Bavaria Germany
maria.kupper@freenet.de

My previous work as a doctoral researcher focussed on the involvement of the Camponotus floridanus immune system in the regulation and tolerance of its bacterial endosymbiont Blochmannia floridanus. I investigated the transcriptomic and proteomic responses of the ants upon immune challenge to provide an overview about ant immune factors. I also analysed differences in immune gene expression between endosymbiont bearing tissues and bacteria-free body parts to understand the role of the immune system in symbiont regulation. The results of the expression analysis revealed low expression levels of genes involved in immune signalling, and in addition the high expression of negative
mike tropak
dr
Genetics and Genome Biology
Sickkids
toronto ON Canada
mbt@sickkids.ca
Schulze
metabolism
Chrystophe Ferreira
coodinator
anmal facilities
Paris Descartes University
Paris ile de France France
chrystophe.ferreira@parisdescartes.fr

trangenesis, mice models of human diseases
Joseph Parker
Genetics and Development
Columbia University
New York NY United States
dibasic@gmail.com
Joe Parker
I study myrmecophilous rove beetles as a model for understanding the evolution and mechanistic basis of interspecies interactions. My aim is to develop certain species as laboratory models for deciphering the genetic and neurobiological basis of their symbioses with social insects.
Ramkumar Govindaraju
Dr
Biotechnology
Periyar University, Salem, TN, India
Salem Tamil Nadu India
rkentomology@gmail.com
Insect Molecular Toxicology Laboratory
My research is concerned with the biochemical, molecular and proteomic study in the evolution of Insecticide resistance among mosquitoes and to identify novel molecules for insect control. My work includes molecular and proteomic analysis, in addition to understanding the gene expression pattern of detoxification enzymes. Mainly my research focuses on the role of cytochrome P450 and esterase genes in conferring insecticides resistance in mosquitoes and agricultural insects.
Jared Koler
Biotechnology
University of Nevada Reno
Reno nv United States
jkoler@nevada.unr.edu
Gulia-Nuss
Lymphatic filariasis (LF), commonly known as elephantiasis, is a neglected tropical disease caused by parasitic filarial worms which are spread by infected mosquitoes taking blood meals required for egg maturation. More than 120 million people in ~70 countries are infected with LF. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers LF a priority in the ‘CDC winnable battles’ to eliminate LF from the Americas. Although drug therapy and mosquito control programs provide adequate control of LF, there are as yet no promising strategies on the horizon for the rise of drug and insecticide resistance in the worm
Travis van Warmerdam
Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entemology and Plant Pathology
Mississippi State University
Starkville MS United States
tcv34@msstate.edu
King Lab
I am interested in developing transgenic methods for the manipulation of invertebrate genomes. I am currently developing a gene drive plasmid in a Coleopteran species.
JAINDER CHHILAR
Dr
BIOLOGY
NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
LAS CRUCES NEW MEXICO USA
jainder@gmail.com
MOSQUITO GENOMICS
My current focus is on the Anopheles mosquito immunity in context with the gut microbiome and the role of gut microbiota in priming the immune response
Samuel Arsenault
Mr.
CV
Department of Entomology
University of Georgia
Athens GA United States of America
sva@uga.edu
Brendan G. Hunt: Evolutionary Insect Genetics Lab
My research focusses on understanding the genetic and epigenetic underpinnings of social polymorphism in the fire ant Solenopsis invicta. We seek to understand which genetic and behavioral cues maintain the colony structures of these organisms in their North American range. Additionally, we implement a phylogenetics-based approach for understanding the evolution of epigenetic regulatory mechanisms in Hymenoptera.
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.
Wiem BEN AMARA
Biology
Faculty of Sciences of Tunis, University of Tunis El Manar
Tunis El Manar Tunisia
wiem.benamara7@gmail.com
Unité de recherche de génomique des insectes ravageurs des cultures
study of transposable elements in insects
Karen Kemirembe
Entomology
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park Pennsylvania United States
kuk195@psu.edu
Rasgon Lab
Investigating how Wolbachia pipientis affects mosquito susceptibility to mosquito viruses.
Pratima Chennuri
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Entomology
Texas A&M University
College Station TX USA
pratima.chennuri@live.co.uk

Gene Drives.
Flávia Virginio Fonseca
Biologist, PhD. candidate
CV
Paarasitology
University of Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo Sao Paulo Brazil
fvfonsecaa@gmail.com

Scientific Dissemination, Scientific Diffusion, Science Popularization, Community Engagement, Public Engagement.
G Sharath Chandra
PDF
CV
Biotechnology (Molecular Entomology)
University of Kentucky
Lexington Kentucky United States
sharathgsc@gmail.com
Entomology Lab
RNA interference (RNAi) mediated management of Insect pests; Development of Transgenic plants for pest resistance, drought tolerance; Nutritional quality improvement.
Ellango Ramasamy
Research Associate
CV
Centre of Excellence in Genomics
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics
Hyderabad Telangana India
ellango85@gmail.com
Genetic Gains
I am presently working to develop Artificial MicroRNA (amiRNA) mediated management of Agriculture Insect pest.
Pinky Kain Sharma
Principal investigator (Wellcome Trust DBT intermediate Fellow)
Department of Genetics and Neurobiology
Regional Centre for Biotechnology, Faridabad, India
Faridabad Haryana India
pinkykain@gmail.com
Laboratory of Genetics and Neurobiology
For any animal, learning about food is an important mechanism that provide animals flexibility in food choices for better survival, hence, it is extremely important to understand how the taste information is represented in the brain.I am interested in understanding how insects make the feeding decisions. This involves identifying neuronal taste circuits in the brain downstream of gustatory sensory neurons that influence feeding behaviors. Physiological state and other factors can act on the gustatory cells and circuits and can modulate taste signals, but these are not well understood in insects. Using Drosophila melanogaster, I will explore into these mechanisms for greater understanding
W. Cameron Jasper
PhD Candidate
Entomology and Nematology
UC Davis
Davis CA USA
wcjasper@ucdavis.edu
El Nino Bee Lab
My research focuses on the specialized "social" glands of the European honey bee (Apis mellifera) and how the regulation of gene expression within those glands underlies the bee's social organization.
Rebecca Corkill
PhD student
Cell & Developmental Biology
John Innes Centre
Norwich Norfolk United Kingdom
Rebecca.Corkill@jic.ac.uk
Hogenhout Lab
I am investing transgenic methods in Bemisia tabaci, along with studying th plant-hemipteran interactions.
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. We are particularly interested on how aphids can perceive changes in day length to switch from asexual to sexual reproduction. We thus develop integrative genomics (RNA-seq, FAIRE-seq and ChIP-seq) to understand large scale genome expression changes but are also currently setting up a step-by-step protocol of targeted mutagenesis with CRISPR-Cas9 system to precisely test for the real function of candidate genes in the photoperiodic response.
Nahid Borhani Dizaji
Post doc fellow
molecular microbiology and immunology
Johns Hopkins University , School of public health
Baltimore MD United States
nborhan1@jhu.edu

my focus interest is on different aspects of vector biology like mosquito-pathogen interactions and dissection of mosquito immunity to Plasmodium and dengue virus infection with emphasis on developing novel strategies against mosquito born disease vectors. As a current post doc fellow I am working on generating of transgenic mosquitoes.
Sarah Woodard
Assistant Professor
Department of Entomology
University of California, Riverside
Riverside California USA
hollis.woodard@ucr.edu
Woodard Lab
My research group uses bees as a model system for understanding the proximate mechanisms underlying adaptation, sensitivity, and resilience, with a focus on the behavior, physiology, and population dynamics of native bees in rapidly changing and extreme environments. We primarily use the bumble bee system for experimental research.
Arvind Sharma
Post-Doctoral Associate
CV
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Nevada, Reno
reno NEVADA US
arvindsharma.phd@gmail.com

My research is focused on understanding questions related to vector ecology and use of the novel techniques to modify the genome of Ixodes scapularis
Anthony Clarke
Professor
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
Queensland University of Technology
Brisbane Queensland Australia
a.clarke@qut.edu.au

Tephritid fruit flies, especially the genera Bactrocera and Zeugodacus. The lab has interest in the systematics, taxonomy and diagnostics of these species, as well as a focus on their ecology and behaviour with a special interest in host utilisation patterns (e.g. generalism vesus specialsim) and mechanisms of host use. We use genetics and genomics equally with behaviour and ecology. We have also used genomic tools to better understand the response of male Bactrocera to plant derived secondary chemicals (= the so called fruit fly male lures).
Elizabeth Brandt
Entomology
University of Maryland
Potomac MD USA
brandte13@gmail.com

Metabolic detox pathways of insects
Satyavathi Valluri
Centre of Excellence for Genetics and Genomics of Silkmoiths
Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics
Hyderabad Telangana India
vsatya@cdfd.org.in
APEDA CDFD
Im involved in the project 'Development of Bombyx mori nucleopolyhedrovirus (BmNPV) resistant transgenic silkmoths and on the conduct of multilocational contained trials to establish their efficacy and generate data for their regulatory approval'.
Ramya Shanivarsanthe Leelesh
Dr Ramya S L
CV
Dpt of Molecular Biology
QTLOmics Technology Pvt Ltd
Bangalore Karnataka India
ramya.sl1989@gmail.com

RESEARCH INTEREST Plant-insect interaction, molecular biology, insect digestive physiology, insect detoxification and resistance mechanism, RNAi in pest management, endosymbionts, CRISPER/Cas, gene editing, NGS, genetic diversity, phylogenetic analysis, SSR, SNP, HRM analysis, barcoding, gene expression and insecticide degradation.
Mateus Berni
Institute of Biomedical Sciences
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro RJ Brazil
mateusberni@yahoo.com.br
Laboratório de Biologia Molecular do Desenvolvimento
Developmental Biology in Rhodnius prolixus
Helena Araujo
Associate Professor
Institute of Biomedical Sciences/ Institute of Molecular Enthomology
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro Brazil
haraujo@histo.ufrj.br
Associate Professor
Developmental Biology in Drosophila and Rhodnius prolixus
Julia Ulrich
Dpt. Developmental Biology
Georg-August-University
Göttingen Niedersachsen Germany
julrich@gwdg.de

RNAi based pest control
kanakala surapathrudu
post doctoral Research fellow
Department of Entomology
Agricultural Research Organization
Bet Dagan, Israel. Israel Israel
kanakalavit@gmail.com

RNAi
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.
joe kramer
Instructor/director
pathology
rwjms
piscataway  nj usda
kramerjo@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Epitranscriptomics
Alison Gerken
Post Doctoral Researcher
Center for Grain and Animal Health Research
USDA ARS
Manhattan Kansas United States
alison.gerken@ars.usda.gov

My research focus is on functional genomics of sensory systems in stored grain insect pests. I'm interested in the applied aspects of understanding what attracts insects to stored grain and how we can intercept them. I'm interested in the genetic variation underlying behavioral components associated with attraction to stored grain.
S Sundar
Dr.
Protect Our Environment Trust
Non-Governmental Organisation
Coimbatore Tamil Nadu India
sun76dar@yahoo.co.in

Aquatic insects in various aspects include taxonomy, systematics, ecological, biological etc. My research interests is not confined into the aspects I have worked so far it extends to focus on aquatic insects genome studies which will provide enormous insights into insect biology.Besides, investigations on aquatic insects models can provide biological insights relevant to other organisms and it would lead to important discoveries like other aquatic organisms or invertebrates in many areas of research such as immunology, neurobiology and behaviour. Using insects as models will offer many advantages, including their short life cycle, simple anatomy and cost-effectiveness due to the ease
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.
Judith Wexler
CV
Evolution and Ecology
University of California, Davis
Davis CA United States
jrwexler@ucdavis.edu

I'm interested in the evolution of insect sexual differentiation pathways. Specifically, I'm researching how a system of sex determination via alternative splicing arose in holometabolous insects by studying sex differentiation in hemimetabolous insects.
Jacob Stewart
Molecular Biology
University of Idaho
Moscow Id United States
jakestew@mail.com
Jake Stewart
Mating compatibility systems in Basidiomycetes, yeast genetics, plant transformation, gene drive systems, selfish elements/transposons, vector insect genetics and transformation.
Thais Rodrigues
PhD
CV
Entomology
University of Kentucky
Lexington KY United States
thaisbarros.bio@gmail.com

RNAi technology applied to pest management
Hemant Gujar
Graduate Student
Department of Entomology
University of Kentucky
Lexington Kentucky United States
hemantgujar@yahoo.com

Presently I am working on molting, metamorphosis and reproduction in bed bugs, Cimex lectularius. We use NGS technologies to find genes involved in these processes.
Camilo Ayra-Pardo
Postdoctoral researcher
Plant Division
CIGB
Havana Havana Cuba
cayrapardo73@gmail.com

My research experience covers the development of applied biotechnological solutions for the control of insect crop pests, as well as, the investigation of molecular aspects of host-pathogen interaction including the molecular mechanisms behind resistance evolution to microbial pesticides.
Kadri Oras
Department of Genetics
University of Cambridge
Cambridge Cambridgeshire United Kingdom
kadri.oras92@gmail.com
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.
Linda Kothera
Microbiologist
Division of Vector-Borne Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Fort Collins CO US
lkothera@cdc.gov

Genetic changes associated with insecticide resistance in vector mosquitoes.
Tofazzal Hossain Howlader
Associate Professor
Department of Entomology
Bangladesh Agricultural University
Mymensingh Mymensingh Bangladesh
tofazzalh@gmail.com

Bacillus thuringiensis, Entomopathogenic fungi
Joseph Sarro
Biological Sciences
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame Indiana United States
jsarro@nd.edu
Senior analyst in bioinformatics
My current research focuses on analyzing next generation sequencing for the purposes of arthropod development, cancer, and more.
Juan Hurtado
Ecology, Genetics and Evolution
IEGEBA - University of Buenos Aires
C.A. Buenos Aires C.A. Buenos Aires Argentina
hurtado.juanp@gmail.com

Reproductive Biology and Evolution
Ines Elena Martin-Martin
Postdoc Visiting Fellow
Vector Biology Section, Laboratoy of Malaria and Vector Research
NIAID/National Institutes of Health
Rockville Maryland United States
ines.martin-martin@nih.gov

My research focuses on the study of insect's salivary proteins and their relationship with blood-feeding process and transmission of vector-borne pathogens.
sharrine marra
CV
Entomology
Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso
Rondonópolis Mato Grosso Brazil
sharrine.oliveira@hotmail.com

Insecticide resistence; biotecnology; entomology
Alok Arun
Assistant Professor
Institute of Sustainable Biotechnology
Inter American University of Puerto Rico
Barranquitas Puerto Rico USA
aloktransgenic@gmail.com

I am interested in understanding the genetic mechanisms that regulate sex-pheromone biosynthesis in butterflies.
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.
Michelle Anderson
Lab Manager
CV
Fralin Life Science Institute and Department of Entomology
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg VA USA
manderson@vt.edu
Adelman Lab
Research in our laboratory is concerned with understanding the molecular and genetic interactions between arboviruses and their mosquito hosts. Research projects are based in the molecular virology of arboviruses (dengue viruses, Sindbis) as well as the molecular biology and genetic manipulation of the vector mosquito, Aedes aegypti.
Kolja Neil Eckermann
Department of Developmental Biology
Georg-August-University Göttingen
Göttingen Lower Saxony Germany
keckerm1@uni-goettingen.de

Development of new environmental friendly methods and techniques to improve pest and disease vector control.
Rebeca Carballar
CV
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
University of California Irvine
Irvine CA United States
rebecacarballar@gmail.com

My long-term research theme will be focused on the biology of mosquito metabolism and how does the epigenetic basal stage can have an impact in mosquito metabolites during pathogen infections. Mosquito metabolomics: Metabolomics is a newly emerging field of “omics” research focused in the comprehensive characterization of small molecules (metabolites). Metabolomics is an important tool that can complement the existing data (transcriptomics, genomics and proteomics) in mosquito research. I pioneer the use of mass spectrometry analytical methods to profile a metabolite signature in vector mosquitoes and I have established a pipeline for metabolomics analyses, including sample collection, metabolite extractions, and data
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
Elisabeth Marchal
Biology - research group of Molecular Developmental Physiology and Signal Transduction
KU Leuven
Leuven Vl-Brabant Belgium
elisabeth.marchal@bio.kuleuven.be

Regulation of lipophilic hormone biosynthesis, ecdysteroids, juvenile hormones. Signal transduction of JH, 20E, cross-talk and interaction with insulin like peptides. Neuropeptides and their GPCRs.
Philipp Brand
MSc
CV
Department of Evolution and Ecology
University of California, Davis
Davis CA USA
pbrand@ucdavis.edu
Ramirez Lab
I am an evolutionary biologist interested in the evolution of insect chemosensory systems and its impact on speciation processes. I am currently working with Santiago Ramirez at the Center for Population Biology at UC Davis as a PhD candidate in the PopBio Graduate Group (Cohort of 2013/2014). My research focuses on the evolution of chemical communication systems in the charismatic group of orchid bees. By integrating molecular genomic, chemical and functional neurophysiological analyses in a population biological framework, I am studying how pheromone communication systems evolve.
Sherry Adrianos
Research Molecular Biologist
Stored Product Insect and Engineering Research Unit (SPIERU)
USDA ARS
Manhattan KS USA
7SherryA@gmail.com
Oppert Lab
We are utilizing CRISPR/Cas technology with a goal to control coleopteran storage pests. Tribolium castaneum genes critical for survival are being targeted. These methodologies will be transferred to other stored product pests.
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.
Daniel Pers
PhD Student
Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago IL USA
dpers88@gmail.com

Gene Regulatory Networks of Embryo Patterning
SONAI RAJAN THANGARAJ
Dr
Agricultural Entomology
Tamil Nadu Agriculture University
Coimbatore  Tamil Nadu  India
snraja_insect@yahoo.co.in
Molecular Ecology Lab, Department of Plant Biotechnology, Centre for Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Population genetics of stored grain insect pests and honey bees Transcriptome Analaysis
Lynette Strickland
Animal Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign IL United States
slynn731@gmail.com

Broadly I am interested in molecular evolution and evolutionary genomics. For my dissertation work, I am focusing on the genetic and developmental basis of color variation in a Neotropical beetle species. I am using RAD-sequencing to construct the first linkage map, which will hopefully lead to the first annotated genome for Chelymorpha alternans. I am also using RAD to look at population structure between different morphotypes in different geographic locations. In addition to this, I will be using RNA-sequencing and fluorescent in situ hybridization to examine and visualize differences in development of color patterns between different morphotypes.
Prasad Paradkar
Senior Research Scientist
Health and Biosecurity
CSIRO
Geelong Victoria Australia
prasadnp@gmail.com
Vector-Borne Diseases
Interest in mosquito innate immunity against arboviruses. Our lab is working at identification of vector competence factors and whether we can manipulate these factors to prevent transmission.
Ulrich Beckers
Dr.
Department of biology and Department of chemistry
Bielefeld University
Gütersloh NRW F. R. Germany
ulrich.beckers@web.de

I am an neuroscientist interested in coding and signal transmission. I work on cellualar level mostly using electrophysiological methods. I want to evaluate genetic methods for my research projects. Primarily I want to learn more about CRIPR/CAS9. I may also look for potential collaborations (am planning to apply for a grant).
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.
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.
Vanessa Corby-Harris
Research Physiologist
Carl Hayden Bee Research Center
USDA-ARS
Tucson AZ USA
vanessa.corby@ars.usda.gov
Corby-Harris Lab
Our goal is to increase honey bee health through improved nutrition.
Patricia Pietrantonio
Professor and AgriLife Research Fellow
Department of Entomology
Texas A&M University
College Station  TX USA
p-pietrantonio@tamu.edu
Insect Toxicology and Physiology
Insect and tick endocrinology with emphasis in G protein-coupled receptors
Keith Hopper
Dr.
CV
Beneficial Insect Introductions Research Unit
USDA-ARS
Newark DE USA
khopper@udel.edu
USDA-ARS-Beneficial Insect Introductions Research Unit
The central theme of my research is to determine the mechanisms affecting host specificity of parasitic and herbivorous insects. My lab is testing alternative hypotheses about the genetic architecture of specificity: many genes interacting epistatically versus few genes interacting additively. Evolutionary shifts are much less likely under the first hypothesis than under the second. We are studing the genomics and transcriptomics of differences in host specificity among insect species.
Nagraj Sambrani
Postdoc
CV
Lab of Molecular genetics
CDFD, Hyderabad, India
Hyderabad Telengana india
loginnagraj@gmail.com
LMG
My Current Project A major challenge in developmental biology is the elucidation of how changes in patterning mechanisms have contributed to the evolution of morphology. The insect wing is a fascinating developmental system in which to study this question, because of presence of vast diversification in insect wing morphologies. The proposed research will compare
Wendy Moore
Assistant Professor, Insect Systematics and Curator
Department of Entomology
University of Arizona
Tucson Arizona United States
wmoore@email.arizona.edu

Dr. Wendy Moore and her lab members investigate the evolution and ecology of terrestrial arthropods. Specific projects focus on arthropod systematics. We use molecular genetic techniques and morphological methods to infer robust phylogenetic frameworks to identify and describe natural groups of terrestrial arthropods, to study their diversification and patterns of distribution, and to elucidate their ecological roles and to assess the impact of key innovations on their evolutionary histories.
Murat Güler
P.hD. Student
Biology/Zoology
Cumhuriyet University
Sivas Campus Türkiye
muratgmbg@gmail.com
Cumsag
I earned my BSc degree from Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics (MBG) at the Cumhuriyet University. My research interests were shaped during this time. The MBG program have provided me with general theory and practice in the area of molecular biology. But my interest specially is focused on bioinformatics and evolutionary biology. At the same time I have started to work with Dr. Hasan H. BAŞIBÜYÜK, who is the head of the Molecular Systematic Research Group of Cumhuriyet University (for more info. cumsag.com). The research group works mainly on taxonomy, phylogeny, population genetics and mitogenome of sawflies (Symphyta: Hymenoptera).
Osama Bin manzoor
Entomology
Huazhong Agricultural University
Wuhan  Hubei  China
osmamanzoor11@hotmail.com

RNAi is a important tool to combat Insect Pests
Anyi Mazo-Vargas
PhD student
Entomology
Cornell University
Ithaca NY US
am2622@cornell.edu
Laboratory of evolution of animal color patterns
I work with wing color patterns in butterflies to answer questions related to the evolution of gene regulation and developmental re-patterning. In my project I am using a mix of old school methods as: in-situ hybridization, antibody stains, drug treatments; and new genomics techniques as: ATAC-seq, RNA-seq and CRISPR-Cas9.
Duverney Chaverra Rodriguez
PhD Candidate
Entomology
Pennsylvania State University
State College Pennsylvania United States
ddc172@psu.edu
Jason Rasgon Lab
My research focuses in exploring and optimizing strategies to produce transgenic insects via maternal injection.
kaleem Tariq
Entomology
Huazhong Agricultural University
Wuhan Hubei China
kaleem_arain194@hotmail.com

Role of miRNAs in spermatogenesis
Kim Ferguson
PhD Candidate
Laboratory of Genetics
Wageningen University
Wageningen Gelderland The Netherlands
kim.ferguson@wur.nl

I am an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) in the BINGO ITN, Breeding Invertebrates for Next Generation BioControl, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (www.bingo-itn.eu for more info). Right now I'm in the first stage of my PhD so I'm trying to discover as much as possible and learn techniques to help me in my project. I will work with a few different species, but the goal is to use NGS technology to explore the genetic variation in wild-caught and commercially reared populations of select biocontrol species. I will work with Trichogramma brassicae, Nesidiocoris tenuis, and Amblyseious swirskii (aka Typhlodromips swirskii). They
Joshua Fisher
Invasive Species Biologist
Ecological Services
US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
Honolulu Hawaii US
joshua_fisher@fws.gov

Vector Control, Avian Malaria
Kathleen Cuijvers
Biological Sciences
The University of Adelaide
Adelaide SA Australia
kathleen.cuijvers@student.adelaide.edu.au

Alzheimer's research using zebrafish in vivo system.
Val Saffer
Administrative Assistant
Dr. David O'Brochta Lab
Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research
Rockville MD USA
safferv@ibbr.umd.edu
O'Brochta Lab
None.
Giselle Garcia
Committee on Evolutionary Biology
University of Chicago
Chicago IL United States
giselleg@uchicago.edu
Schmidt-Ott Lab
We research the origins and evolution of early development in Diptera.
Rayssa Garcia
Genetic Resources and Biotechnologies
Embrapa
Brasília Distrito Federal Brasil
rayssaag@gmail.com
Plant Pest Molecular Interactions
The research group from the Laboratory Plant-Pest Molecular Interactions (LIMPPI – Embrapa - Cenargen, Brasília - Brazil) is currently working on the development of sustainable RNAi strategies to control crop insect pests. One axe of our research focuses on the relationship between the structure of the dsRNA, its ability to induce gene silencing and its resistance to nuclease activities. On another axe, we focused on the understanding of gene silencing in the insect induced by RNAi produced by the plant. Answering about how, when and at which intensity the dsRNA orchestrates gene silencing inside insect cells are questions that remain
Deanna Arsala
PhD Student
CV
Biological Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago IL United States
darsal2@uic.edu
Lynch Lab
My main research focus is understanding how the maternal-to-zygotic transition (MZT) functions in haplodiploid embryos using Nasonia as a model organism. Using RNA-seq and a functional approach (eRNAi, pRNAi), I aim to uncover regulators of the MZT. I am also researching how sex identity is established in Nasonia during the MZT and how major zygotic gene activation in the early embryo is influenced by gene body methylation using epigenomic profiling and transcriptomic approaches (RNAi-RNA-seq, ATAC-seq, WGBSeq).
Rick DeRose
External Collaborations and Technology Acquistion
Syngenta
RTP NC USA
rick.derose@syngenta.com

Mechanisms and methods for controlling insects.
Laura Sirot
Assistant Professor
CV
Biology
College of Wooster
Wooster OH USA
lsirot@wooster.edu
Evolutionary and Applied Reproductive Biology
We are broadly interested in the reproductive behavior of animals, including mechanisms that males and females use to influence reproductive success. Our current research focuses on reproductive behavior and physiology in several species including: the pomace fly (Drosophila melanogaster), the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus), and humans.
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.
Neha Kulkarni
Bioinformatics
Department of Bioinformatics, Savitribai Phule Pune University (University of Pune)
Pune Maharashtra India
5591.neha@gmail.com

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Lyubov Yarinich
Laboratory of cell division
Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Novosibirsk Novosibirskaya oblast Russian Federation
l.yarinich@mcb.nsc.ru

Drosophila cell lines
Jennifer Baltzegar
NSF IGERT Fellow in Genetic Engineering and Society
CV
Department of Biological Sciences
North Carolina State University
Raleigh North Carolina United States
jen_baltzegar@ncsu.edu
Gould Lab
I am broadly interested in studying the differences between populations and species via mechanisms of evolution and impacts of population change. I am particularly interested in studying the impacts genetic engineering technologies have on natural populations.
Anna Katrina Briley
LRRI Contractor for U.S. Navy
Navy Entomology Center of Excellence/ University of Florida
Jacksonville Florida US
annakatrinabriley@gmail.com

Testing and Evaluation of novel pesticide products and equipment for military use.
Megan Fritz
Post-doctoral Research Associate
Department of Entomology, Program in Genetics
North Carolina State University
Raleigh NC United States
mlfritz@ncsu.edu

I am broadly interested in the evolutionary responses of insects to their constantly changing environment. Humans are an important source of this change, often imposing strong selection on insect populations through management practices. My current research explores how the genomes of Lepidopteran agricultural pests respond to selection imposed by transgenic crops.
Bart Pannebakker
Assistant Professor
Laboratory of Genetics
Wageningen University
Wageningen Gelderland The Netherlands
bart.pannebakker@wur.nl

I am interested in the evolution and genomics of life-history traits and reproductive strategies in insects. My research focuses on the genetic and physiological mechanisms that underlie these traits in parasitoid wasps (insects that lay their eggs on other insects), and in honeybees. I am also Coordinator of BINGO-ITN: Breeding Invertebrates for Next Generation BioControl. BINGO is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network that develops innovative research training to improve the production and performance of natural enemies in biological control by the use of genetic variation for rearing, monitoring and performance.
Tabashir Chowdhury
PhD candidate
CV
Biology
University of Western Ontario
London Ontario Canada
tabashir@gmail.com

Genetic basis of behavioural isolation and speciation in Drosophila
Taro Nakamura
Post-Doc / Ph.D
Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Harvard University
Cambridge MA USA
arumakanorat@gmail.com
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 /
Salim Ansari
Evolutionary developmental genetics
Georg August University, Göttingen
Göttingen Lower Saxony  Germany
salim786biotech@gmail.com

I am one of the screener in the iBeetle project which is a genome-wide RNAi screening in red floor beetle, Tribolium castaneum. Our aim is to knockdown each & every gene of Tribolium castaneum by RNAi technique. We have following three main purpose from iBeetle project. 1. To identify the genes from those process which is either not present in Drosophila (stink gland, embryonic leg development etc.) or difficult to study (head involuted). 2. To make the Tribolium as efficient complementary screening platform to identify the function of conserved gene which is not easy
Alexandros Belavilas-Trovas
Department of Biochemistry & Biotechnology
University of Thessaly
Larissa Thessaly Greece
alexbelavilas@hotmail.com
Molecular biology & genomics-Mathiopoulos lab
The analysis of genes involved in the sexual behaviour of the olive fruit fly, Bactrocera oleae. Our purpose is the use of these data for the improvement of the SIT approaches or other innovative pest control strategies
Waring Trible
Genetics
Rockefeller University
New York NY USA
wtrible@rockefeller.edu
Kronauer Laboratory
Ant genetics. I am currently working on developing a CRISPR protocol in the ant Cerapachys biroi, which I will use to study genes relevant to caste differentiation and chemical communication. Past projects include population genetics of fire ants and army ants, fire ant phermone analysis, and phylogenetics of ant evolution.
Ademir Martins
PhD
CV
Laficave
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (FIOCRUZ)
Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro Brazil
ademirjr@ioc.fiocruz.br
Lab of Physiology and Control of Arthropod Vectors
Insecticide resistance mechanisms in insects of medical importance
William Bart Bryant
Research Assistant Professor
Division of Biology
Kansas State University
Manhattan Ks usa
wbb@ksu.edu
Kristin Michel Lab
Currently my research in the Kristin Michel lab focuses on studying the interplay between fecundity and immunity in the malaria vector mosquito.
Andrea Smidler
PhD candidate
Immunology and Infectious Diseases/ Dept. of Genetics
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health/ Harvard Medical School
Boston Ma USA
asmidler@fas.harvard.edu

My thesis project focuses on mosquito genome engineering for the purposes of vector control.
Neetha Nanoth Vellichirammal
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Entomology
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln NE USA
neethav@gmail.com

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.
Paula Irles
Assistant Professor
Institute of Agronomic Science
Universidad de O'Higgins
Rancagua Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins Chile
pirles@uc.cl

My research focused on the molecular mechanisms under insect oogenesis, specifically which and how signaling pathways are involved in cell proliferation, differentiation and cell death during ovary maturation. I am currently work on the role of Hippo signaling pathway during ovarian and embryo development in earwigs.
Nathaniel Grubbs
Postdoctoral Research Assistant
CV
Entomology
North Carolina State University
Raleigh North Carolina United States
npgrubbs@ncsu.edu
Lorenzen Lab
My primary research focus is on the characterization of the naturally occurring, selfish genetic element, Medea, in the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum. Medea operates by killing any offspring of a heterozygous mother that do not inherit at least one copy from either parent, but how the element causes this lethality, or prevents it, is still unknown. Understanding this function could give us valuable insight into selfish genetic elements, and perhaps even enable us to use Medea as a stable gene-drive in other species. I am also working with others in the lab to help develop molecular tools for studying the
Santosh sarathy
molecular entomology
NBAIR
Bangalore Karnataka India
santoshsarathy@gmail.com

Expression profiling for insecticide resistance
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.
Alys Jarvela
Postdoctoral Researcher
CV
Entomology
University of Maryland
College Park MD USA
veniecealys@gmail.com
Pick Lab
Building and comparing developmental gene regulatory networks among insects
Angela Meccariello
Ph.D. student
CV
Department of Biology
University of Naples 'Federico II'
Naples Italy Italy
angela.meccariello@unina.it
Insect Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
Genetics and transcriptomics of sex determination in pest insects: Aedes albopictus Ceratitis capitata Phlebotomus perniciosus
sekhar srikakolapu
Mr.
CV
laboratory of molecular genetics
Center for DNA fingerprinting and Diagnostics
hyderabad Andhra Pradesh india
sekharsri5@gmail.com
Laboratory Of molecular genetics
Elucidation of alternative Splicing mechanism and genome editing through CRISPR Cas9 in Bombyx mori
Peter Piermarini
Assistant Professor
Entomology
The Ohio State University
Wooster OH USA
piermarini.1@osu.edu

My lab investigates the molecular physiology of mosquito vectors with a focus on the excretory system.
Justin Overcash
Graduate Research Assistant
Genetics
Texas A&M
College Station Texas USA
justmo1@vt.edu
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
Sarah Merkling
Departement of Medical Microbiology
Radboud University Medical Center Nijmegen
Njmegen Gelderland The Netherlands
sarah.merkling@gmail.com
Ronald van Rij's lab
Insect antiviral immunity
Michalis Averof
IGFL
CNRS
Lyon Rhone France
michalis.averof@ens-lyon.fr

Comparative developmental biology and regeneration
Andrea Gloria-Soria
Associate Research Scientist
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Yale University
New Haven CT USA
andrea.gloria-soria@yale.edu
Powell Lab & Turner Lab
I am an evolutionary biologist interested on the behavioral genetics of feeding behavior in mosquitoes and its consequences for dengue transmission. I also conduct population genetic studies on Aedes aegypti mosquitos to understand historical and recent invasions.
Pavan kumar
CV
Molecular Ecology
Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research
Ithaca New York United States
pavankumar.sk@gmail.com
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.
Ethan Degner
Student
Entomology Department
Cornell University
Ithaca NY United States
ecd77@cornell.edu
Harrington Lab
I am broadly interested in the ecology of insect vectors of human disease. Specfically, I am interested in the reproductive biology of the dengue vector Aedes aegypti.
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.
Sarah Maguire
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Princeton University
Belle Mead NJ United States
smaguire@Princeton.edu

I am broadly interested in the biological basis of behavior – especially through neurogenetic and evolutionary perspectives. The mosquito, Aedes aegypti, is an ideal model system to study the biological basis of behavior because its attraction to human hosts makes it the number one vector of yellow and Dengue fever, the latter of which affects an estimated 50 million people per year! The goal of my research is to 1) determine the molecular basis of Aedes’s attraction to humans as well as 2) map the neural circuitry underlying Aedes’s attraction and repulsion behavior.
Gary Puterka
Research scientist
Wheat, Peanut, other crops research unit, USDA-ARS
USDA-ARS
Stillwater OK USA
gary.puterka@ars.usda.gov
USDA-ARS, Wheat, peanuts, and other crops research unit
Aphid Pest Management/genetics; Wheat, Barley, and Sorghum aphid resistant germplasm development
Jacob Wenger
Ohio State Presidential Fellow
Department of Entomology
The Ohio State University
Wooster OH USA
wenger.93@osu.edu

I am interested in the evolutionary and ecological mechanisms governing adaptation in pest insect populations, and how these mechanisms can be used to develop insect resistance management plans. My current work utilizes genomic analyses to clarify the inheritance and population dynamics of virulence to plant resistance in the soybean aphid (Aphis glycines). I am also interested in the role of plasticity and endosymbionts in insect adaptation.
Dave Denlinger
CV
Department of Biology
Utah State University
Logan Utah USA
david.denlinger@aggiemail.usu.edu
Bernhardt Lab
I study insecticide resistance in sand flies (Diptera: Psychodidae: Phlebotominae)
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.
Raman Chandrasekar
Research Associate
Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
Kansas State University
manhattan Kansas United States
biochandrus@yahoo.com
Research Associate
1. RNA Sequence analysis, Genomic and Proteomics appraoches 2. Study of insect proteins and enzymes will not only give valuable information on their unique biochemistry and physiology but will also identify novel tools for the development of new technologies and new ways to produce novel insect control measures. My main focus is will address the physiological and biochemical functions of proteins and enzymes in the insects’ life processes by using proteomics tools (i.e 2D PAGE, MS, MALDI-TOF, PMF), characterization of novel enzymes, qualitative and quantitative characterization of proteins and their interactions on a genome scale,
MARIA ELENI GRIGORIOU
Biochemistry- Biotechnology
University of Thessaly
Larissa Larissa Greece
magrigoriou@bio.uth.gr
Marilena
Transcriptomic analysis of the reproductive system of Bactrocera oleae. Detection of molecules involved in reproduction.
BUWAH ZAKARIAH
Mr.
CV
CLINICAL LABORATORY- ENTOMOLOGY DEPARTMENT
KINTAMPO HEALTH RESEARCH CENTRE, GHANA
KINTAMPO, GHANA N/A GHANA
zakariah.buwah@kintampo-hrc.org
CLINICAL LABORATORY, KHRC
Kintampo Health Research Centre is a well-established, African-based, research centre which usually tries to solve public health issues. KHRC is one of three field research centres of the Health Research Unit of Ghana Health Service established in 1994. KHRC is situated in the middle belt of Ghana in the Brong Ahafo Region.
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.
Keshava Mysore
PhD
CV
Medical and Molecular Genetics
Indiana University School of Medicine - University of Notre Dame
South Bend Indiana USA
kmysore@iu.edu
Duman-Scheel Lab
I am currently studying functional and developmental neurogenetics of the dengue vector mosquito Aedes aegypti.
Laura Harrington
Professor
Department of Entomology
Cornell University
Ithaca NY USA
lch27@cornell.edu
Harrington lab
Research in the Harrington lab focuses on mosquito vector ecology, biology, and behavior. Our goal is to understand basic (and often overlooked) aspects of mosquito biology in order to identify new targets for controlling mosquitoes and reducing transmission of vector-borne diseases.
Maureen Gorman
Research Assistant Professor
Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
Kansas State University
Manhattan Kansas USA
mgorman@ksu.edu

Iron metabolism is a vital biological process in all eukaryotic organisms, but the mechanisms of iron metabolism in insects are poorly understood. Our research is focused on iron transport and the relationship between iron metabolism and innate immunity in insects. We use a combination of genetics, molecular biology and biochemistry methods to study iron metabolism and innate immunity in Drosophila melanogaster, Anopheles gambiae, Manduca sexta, and Tribolium castaneum. These studies should lead to a better understanding of two fundamental components of insect physiology and, thus, provide information that can be used in future efforts to control insect
Roya Nasirian
Plant Protection
University of Mohaghegh Ardabili
Ardebil IRAN IRAN
nasirian.roya@yahoo.com

Investigate digestive enzymes
prof prem raj pushpakaran
professor
BioTechnology
NITC
calicut kerala india
drpremrajp@nitc.ac.in

immunology, bio-informatics
Robert Waterhouse
Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellow
Department of Genetic Medicine and Development
University of Geneva Medical School
Geneva Geneva Switzerland
robert.waterhouse@unige.ch
Computational Evolutionary Genomics Group
Evolutionary genomics of mosquitoes and other insects.
Geoffrey Attardo
Assistant Professor
CV
Entomology and Nematology
University of California, Davis
Davis CA United States
gmattardo@ucdavis.edu

My research focuses upon the reproductive biology of insect vectors of human disease. My Ph.D. thesis in Dr. Alex Raikhels lab focused upon the effects of nutritional components of blood (amino acids) upon the transcriptional regulation of yolk protein genes in the Yellow Fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti). Following that I worked for 13 years, first as a Postdoc and then a Research Scientist, at Yale University with Dr. Serap Aksoy on the reproductive biology of tsetse flies. I have recently started a lab group in the Entomology and Nematology Department at the University of California, Davis. My work here is
David Majerowicz
Msc., PhD.
Faculdade de Farmacia
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro Brazil
majerowicz@pharma.ufrj.br

Use of insect as models for lipid metabolsim and obesity; Role of nuclear receptors and hormones in the control of lipid metabolism; Role of nuclear receptors in the Rhodnius prolixus - Trypanossoma cruzi interaction.
Robert Brucker
Rowland Junior Fellow
FAS - Rowland Institute
Harvard University
Cambridge MA USA
bruckerlab@gmail.com
Brucker lab
Microbe-host-envoronment interactions and evolution.
Samuel Helrich
Biology
Tufts University
Medford MA USA
samuel.helrich@tufts.edu

Bioactuation
Rajendra Chilukuri
Research Assoiciate,
Laboratory of Molecualr Genetics
Centre for DNA fingreprinting and Diagnostics
Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Daignostics, CDFD
Hyderabad Telangana India
cverajendra@gmail.com
LMG ,Laboratory of Molecualr Genetics
Sex Determination and Immunology
Ashley Peery
Entomology
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg VA United States
peerya2@vt.edu

As I pursue my PhD I am using comparative genomics to investigate evolutionary changes between species of Anopheles mosquitoes. I have created a chromosome based genome assembly for Anopheles stephensi which has allowed characterization of molecular features including genes, transposable elements, simple repeats and scaffold or matrix associated regions within the genome. I am interested in how molecular features within the genome impact the propensity for the genome to change via chromosomal inversions. The 16 genomes project has also allowed me to characterize the molecular features within the mapped genomes of mosquitoes representing ~100 MY of Anopheles evolution. This
Andrew Straw
IMP Fellow
Circuit Neuroscience
Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP)
Vienna Vienna Austria
andrew.straw@imp.ac.at
Straw Lab
The questions we address are as follows. 1) What are the identity and function of neurons and molecules required for specific behaviors? This is neural circuit mapping. 2) What are individual sub-behaviors an animal uses and how do these sub-behaviors interact? We define, rigorously quantify, and model these sub-behaviors and their interactions with ideas from control theory, Bayesian inference and cognitive science. This is systems behavior. 3) We want to connect these levels of understanding into a mapping that lets us traverse from neuronal implementation to computational task and behavioral context in a rigorous way. Ultimately, we aim to link
Maaria Kankare
Academy Fellow
Department of Biological and Environmental Science
University of Jyvaskyla
Jyvaskyla Keski-Suomi Finland
maaria.kankare@jyu.fi
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.
Trevor Wardill
BBSRC David Phillips Fellow
Physiology, Development and Neuroscience Department
University of Cambridge
Cambridge Cambridgeshire UK
tjw79@cam.ac.uk

I study how visual information in various species of flies is integrated in the brain, looking particularly how colour and motion signals are combined and used in behaviours such as finding mates and food. This research aims to discover some of the principles of how neurons decide which information is important and which to discard, and which has the greatest priority. In the coming year I will hire a postdoc to help my plans to make genetic tools that will make non-model species more accessible to transgenic alteration.
durga prasad
Dr
Entomology - cotton
Regional Agricultural Research Station,Lam,Guntur,Andhra Pradesh -522034,India
Guntur Andhra Pradesh India
nemanidp@yahoo.com
Cotton entomology lab
Insect Toxicology
Eveline Verhulst
PhD
CV
Laboratory of Entomology
Wageningen University
Wageningen Wageningen The Netherlands
e.c.verhulst@gmail.com

My main research focuses on the evolution of sex determining mechanisms in insects. From 2014 onwards, I am funded by a NWO Veni grant to determine how this one conserved gene, called doublesex, can regulate the diverse sexual morphologies found in insects. This research is hosted at the Wageningen University (WUR) in the Laboratory of Genetics group. The main ambition of my research is to compare the sex determining pathways of three parasitic wasp species: Nasonia vitripennis, Muscidifurax raptorellus and M. uniraptor.
Gary Blissard
Professor
Boyce Thompson Institute
Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University
Ithaca NY USA
gwb1@cornell.edu
Blissard Lab
Our lab focuses on virus-insect interactions with a particular emphasis on baculoviruses and other viruses that interact with the midgut of insects. We are especially interested in polarized transport within midgut cells, and the cellular responses (at the transcriptome level) to viral infection.
Valeria Petrella
PhD
CV
biology
University of Naples "Federico II"
Napoli Italy Italy
valeria.petrella@unina.it
Insects Molecular Genetics
I'm a postdoctoral researcher with a broad interest in Molecular Genetics. My main research focuses on the study of sex determining mechanisms in insects and biotech approaches to control pest insects, with particular interest on diptera (Ceratitis capitata, aedes aegypti, aedes albopictus, phlebotomus perniciosus). In 2014 I've joined the Giuseppe Saccone and Marco Salvemini group as a Post. Doc with a one-year fellowship entitled "Comparative Population Transcriptomics To Uncover Sex Determination of Aedes albopictus and Phlebotomus perniciosus, Two Emerging Haematophagous Insect Species". Then main goal of my project is the molecular charachterization and functional analysis of genes
varada abhyankar
MBRl, Department of Zoology
Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune
Pune Maharashtra India
varada.abhyankar@gmail.com
Molecular Biology Research laboratory
Epigenetic and molecular mechanisms involved in immune response of Drosophila melanogaster.
Nasiru Ibrahim
Prof
Crop Science
Usmanu Danfodiyo University,Sokoto,Nigeria
Sokoto Sokoto Nigeria
dolegoronyo@yahoo.com

My interest is looking at different plants for thier potential in controlling insect pest of field and stored produce
Fillip Port
PhD
Division of Signaling and Functional Genomics
DKFZ German Cancer Research Center
Heidelberg BW Germany
fport@mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk

We develop methods for CRISPR/Cas genome engineering in Drosophila melanogaster. Our tools and protocols are freely available via our website crisprflydesign.org, the plasmid repository Addgene and the Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center.
Natalia Vinasco Arias
Biological Control Researcher
Caldas University
Manizales Caldas Colombia
vinasco.natalia@gmail.com

I'm Agronomic Engineer with specialization in Biological Control, IPMs and Biology Molecular of Insects pest. In this moment, I'm working in paratiroides of order Diptera for control of weevils and other pest of citrus and fruits of region. Also, I´m working in peptides antimicrobial of plants for include in the control of bacterias and insects pest.
John Marshall
MRC Research Fellow
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Imperial College London
London London UK
john.marshall@imperial.ac.uk

My research focuses on the use of genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes to control malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. I have worked in a mosquito genetic engineering lab, and have developed mathematical models to describe the spread of anti-malaria genes through mosquito populations. I have also commentated on regulatory issues related to GM mosquitoes capable of spreading across international borders, and conducted the first public attitude survey on perspectives of people in Africa to GM mosquitoes for malaria control. Results from this survey suggested people would be supportive of GM mosquitoes that have been shown to work in confined field trials. This
Michelle Brown
Vice President & Chief Scientist
R & D
Olfactor Laboratories Inc
Riverside California United States
mbrown@olfactorlabs.com

Olfactor Laboratories, Inc. (OLI) is designing and developing innovative products that can be part of the world-wide strategy to significantly reduce diseases spread by insects and lower the general nuisance caused by their proximity to humans. Our initial research is focused on mosquitos as they are a major cause of the spread of many debilitating and potentially lethal diseases around the world. By using safe chemicals to disrupt the insect’s olfactory system (the primary mechanism used in locating a human or other animal to use as a source of a blood-meal), OLI’s efficient and cost-effective products will seek to protect humans
Kajan Muneeswaran
Ph.D. Student
CV
Department of Chemistry
University of Colombo
Colombo Western province Sri Lanka
kajan.muneeswaran@gmail.com
Biotechnology Laboratory
Developing transgenic mosquitoes resistant to all four dengue viral serotypes in Sri Lanka by RNA interference pathway which can be activated by the blood-meal in female mosquitoes to combat against the #1 killer dengue disease which kills more than 200 annually.
Josefa Steinhauer
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
Yeshiva University
New York NY United States
jsteinha@yu.edu
Steinhauer Lab
Potent lipid signaling molecules such as fatty acids and lysophospholipids are stored in an inert state as membrane phospholipids. When cells need them, they are released from phospholipids by Phospholipase A2 enzymes. Acyltransferases reverse this reaction, and together the PLA2s and acyltransferases control the concentration of signaling lipids that are available. These enzymes are conserved from humans to Drosophila, but their functions are not well elucidated, especially in invertebrates. My lab is investigating this pathway in order to understand how lipid signals are generated and perceived by cells, how they change cell behaviors, and how they affect fertility.
Julia Bristow
Biological Sciences
Syngeta
Bracknell Berkshire England
Julia.Bristow@syngenta.com

Molecular Biology and Genetics
Scott Emrich
Computer Science and Engineering
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame IN USA
semrich@nd.edu

Arthropod bioinformatics with a focus on vectors and ecologically important genome improvement/analysis
Komal kumar Bollepogu Raja
student
Biochemistry and Molecular biology
Michigan Technological University
Houghton Michigan USA
kbollepo@mtu.edu

Studying complex color patterns in new model organisms
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
Peter Cherbas
Professor emeritus
Biology
Indiana University
Bloomington IN USA
cherbas@indiana.edu

Drosophila development. Ecdysone. Cell lines.
Simon Collier
PhD
Department of Genetics
University of Cambridge
Cambridge Cambridgeshire UK
psc38@cam.ac.uk
Fly Facility
Drosophila genome modification Planar Cell Polarity
Susumu Hiragaki
PhD
Graduate School of Agricultural Science
Kobe University
Kobe Hyogo Japan
susumu.hiragaki@gmail.com

I am studying about 1) relationship between arylalkylamine N-acetyltransferase (AANAT)/melatonin and diurnal/seasonal physiology in insect, 2) development of new acaricide using unique GABA-receptor, and 3) regulatory mechanisms of insect endocrine system by Rab protein.
Simon Groen
PhD
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Arizona
Tucson Arizona United States of America
scgroen@email.arizona.edu
Whiteman Lab
Plant-insect interactions
Brian Counterman
Biological Sciences
Mississippi State University
Starkville MS USA
bcounterman@biology.msstate.edu

Evolution, Population Genomics, Speciation
Fidel de la Cruz Hernandez-Hernandez
PhD
Infectomica y Patogenesis Molecular
CINVESTAV-IPN
Mexico DF Mexico
cruzcruz@cinvestav.mx
Molecular Entomology
Physiology of midgut, fat body and salivary glans during feeding.
Diana Cox-Foster
Professor
Entomology
Penn State
Univ. Park PA USA
dxc12@psu.edu
Cox-Foster Lab
My Lab is interested in host/pathogen interactions. We are interested in genes associated with the immune system and cuticular exoskeleton (biosynthesis and molting). We are interested in immune responses to viruses, and responses to parasites such as nematodes and varroa mites. In particular, the anti-viral immune responses are of interest, going from point of infection to death of the insect host.
Eran Tauber
Dr
Genetics
University of Leicester
Leicester Leicestershire United Kingdom
eran.tauber@gmail.com

proximate and ultimate (evolutionary) mechanisms underlying circadian rhythms and seasonal timing.
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.
Vassiliki Bariami
Dr.
CV
Bioresources Project-Group
Justus Liebig University
Giessen Hessen Germany
vassiliki.bariami@ime.fraunhofer.de
Risk Assessment of Transgenics
In my early scientific pursuits my main focus has been the unveiling of genes and pathways implicated in insect and more specifically, mosquito insecticide resistance establishment. Having seen first hand that resistance development is rapidly undermining mosquito control efforts my research interest and focus have shifted towards the development of eco- friendly transgene based tools for mosquito management .
Jozef Vanden Broeck
Prof. Dr.
Animal Physiology and Neurobiology (Dept. of Biology)
University of Leuven
Leuven Flanders Belgium
Jozef.VandenBroeck@bio.kuleuven.be
Molecular Developmental Physiology and Signal Transduction
This research group is investigating the physiological role and mode of action of neural and endocrine messenger molecules in postembryonic developmental processes. These processes are studied in an evolutionary context by comparative approaches. In particular, we are studying receptors and their signal transduction pathways in insect cells. Our aim is to unravel the cellular and organismal physiological mechanisms that regulate important post-embryonic developmental processes, such as growth and reproduction. The group is also interested in the influence of environmental factors that can lead to the extreme phenotypic plasticity of locust species. In addition, application-oriented research is carried out to explore novel
Kristen Brochu
Entomology
Cornell University
Ithaca NY USA
kb532@cornell.edu

I study the digestive adaptations involved in specialist vs. generalist bee diet preferences.
Omaththage Perera
Research Entomologist
Southern Insect Management Research Unit
USDA-ARS
USDA Agricultural Research Service
Stoneville MS USA
op.perera@ars.usda.gov

Genetics, population genetics, and molecular biology of crop pests
Mark Blaxter
Professor
Institute of Evolutionary biology
University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh Scotland UK
mark.blaxter@ed.ac.uk
Nematode and neglected genomics
The Blaxter nematode and neglected genomics lab uses genomics approaches, based on next-gen sequencing, to assemble, annotate and interpret the genomes of target species. While our main focus is on parasitic members of the Nematoda (we are involved in projects to understand the evolutionary genomic origins of parasitism, and collaborate with a wide range of biologists developing new drugs and vaccines for human and animal diseases), we also study free-living nematodes, nematomorphs, tardigrades, onychophorans, obscure and not so obscure arthropods... and some token lophotrochozoans, such as snails and earthworms. A second research focus in on bacterial symbionts of animals, particularly
Roger Huybrechts
Prof.Dr.
Department of Biology
KU Leuven
Leuven Flanders  Belgium
Roger.huybrechts@bio.kuleuven.be
Insect physiology and Molecular Ethology
In context of two ongoing PhD researches we presently focus our research towards two main topics 1) cellular innate immunity in the locust including trials to obtain primary and stable locust cell lines 2) understanding the regulation of anautogenicity in the fleshfly Sarcophaga crassipapis
Philip Batterham
Professor
Genetics Dept/Bio21 Institute
University of Melbourne
Parkville Victoria Australia
p.batterham@unimelb.edu.au
Systems biology of the insect:insecticide interface
There are three areas of research in my lab:- 1. The biology of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors that are targeted by insecticides including neonicotinoids and spinosyns. 2. The systems biology of neonicotinoid metabolism and transport combining genetic and metabolomic approaches. 3. Pest insect genomics. Specifically we work on the flesh fly, Lucilia cuprina, and the moth, Helicoverpa armigera. Much of our research is conducted in the model insect Drosophila melanogaster, however we do bioassay the function of pest genes expressed in this species.
Adriana Costero-Saint Denis
Vector Biology Program Officer
Div. of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH
Rockville Maryland USA
acostero@niaid.nih.gov

Vector biology
Marcos Pereira
Full Professor
Department of Parasitology
Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG)
Belo Horizonte Minas Gerais Brazil
marcoshp@icb.ufmg.br
Laboratory of Physiology of Hematophagous Insects
Our group is dedicated to the study of feeding behaviour and of bioactive molecules from blood-sucking insects. We use distinct and complementary approaches to investigate of the feeding process involving electrophysiology and image analysis. These evaluations are complemented by biochemical characterization of molecules present in the insect saliva and midgut that assist in the blood meal and with functional analysis (RNAi) of target genes in vivo.
David Haymer
Professor
CV
Cell and Molecular Biology
University of Hawaii
Honolulu HI USA
dhaymer@hawaii.edu
Haymer lab
Molecular population genetics, molecular taxonomy of species complexes, Bactrocera dorsal is complex, Tephritidae
Owain Edwards
Group Leader, Environmental Genomics
Land & Water
CSIRO
Floreat WA Australia
Owain.Edwards@csiro.au
CSIRO Environmental Genomics
Dr Owain Edwards’ research focuses on aphid-host plant interactions at the level of the organism (both aphid and plant) and the molecule, including work with colleagues in the International Aphid Genomics Consortium (IAGC) to characterise the components of aphid saliva. Dr Edwards’ work as part of the IAGC also includes a focus on epigenetic regulation of aphid polyphenism, in particular the roles of DNA methylation and non-coding RNAs in modulating aphid development. With collaborators at the University of Melbourne, Dr Edwards is investigating novel strategies to control invertebrate pests through better management of insecticide resistance, and by using
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.
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.
John Tower
Professor
CV
Biological Sciences
University of Southern California
Los Angeles California United States
jtower@usc.edu
Tower Lab
Gene expression during aging and predictive biomarkers of life span. Sexual antagonistic pleiotropy and p53. MnSOD and the mitochondrial unfolded protein response UPRmt 3D video tracking of flies including GFP
Kostas Iatrou
Prof
Institute of Biosciences & Applications
National Centre for Scientific Research 'Demokritos"
Aghia Paraskevi (Athens) Attiki Greece
iatrou@bio.demokritos.gr
Insect Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
Developmental biology of oogenesis in lepidopteran insects (Bombyx mori model) and olfaction in anopheline mosquitoes (Anopheles gambiae model). Identification of insect endocrine regulators and methods for fast identification of mosquito attractants and repellents of natural origin. Molecular biology and engineering of baculoviruses (BmNPV and AcNPV models) for development as insect transduction and transformation vectors.
Sujai Kumar
Dr
CV
Institute of Evolutionary Biology
University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh Edinburgh United Kingdom
sujaikumar@gmail.com
Blaxter Lab
Building a lepidopteran genome analysis and interrogation environment
Susan Villarreal
Postdoctoral Associate
Entomology
Cornell University
Ithaca NY USA
smv32@cornell.edu
Laura Harrington Lab
Exploring the genetic components to insect mating behavior
George Roderick
Professor and Chair
Environmental Science
UC Berkeley
Berkeley CA USA
roderick@berkeley.edu

Invasive species, population biology, biodiversity, sustainability, biological control, global homogenization
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.
Vandana Hivrale
Dr. Vandana Hivrale
CV
Department of Biochemistry and molecular biology
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Ok, USA
Stillwater Oklahoma USA
vandanahivrale@hotmail.com
Biochemistry and molecular biology
At my institute (Department of Biochemistry, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad), we are attempting to screen of non-host Protease inhibitor /Amylase inhibitor proteins for developing Helicoverpa armigera tolerance in important crop plants like pigeonpea, cotton and tomato. In India, H. armigera is responsible for preharvest losses of pigeonpea, chickpea, cotton, tomato, okra etc and storage pests such as callosobruchus and tribolium spp for post harvest damage. One of the sustainable solutions to this problem is development of insect-resistant transgenic plants using two transgenes (PI/AI), however, effect of such transgene expression in these plants has yet to be investigated.
Hadley Horch
Associate Professor
CV
Biology and Neuroscience
Bowdoin College
Brunswick Maine United States
hhorch@bowdoin.edu
Horch Lab
The Horch lab uses the cricket model system to examine the molecular neurobiological basis of injury-induced compensatory plasticity. Unlike many neuronal systems, the auditory system of the cricket demonstrates robust neuronal growth in response to deafferentation. Removing one ear induces auditory interneurons to sprout new dendrites, grow abnormally across the mid-line, and form synapses with intact auditory neurons from the opposite ear. Our research aims to unearth the molecular basis of these anatomical changes as well as understand the cellular and funcitonal consequences of this plasticity. We are also attempting to develop transgenic lines with targeted
Markus Brown
Entomology
University of Maryland
Beltsville MD USA
markus.a.brown@hotmail.com

Cells experience a variety of stresses in their environment, whether from friend, foe, or terrain, and must adapt to their changing environment to maintain their survival. This occurs in two ways, evolution and epigentic modifications. Evolution is the much slower process by which the cell permanently alters the enzymes in its arsenal, whilst epigenetics are a quick, temporary change in pace caused by fleeting stresses in the environment. I hope to elucidate the mechanisms by which fungi use epigenetics to quickly mediate and monitor their gene expression profiles in response to alterations in their environment.
Jorge Vieira
Professor
Molecular Evolution Lab
IBMC
Porto Porto Portugal
jbvieira@ibmc.up.pt
Molecular Evolution lab
Molecular Evolution with a focus on Drosophila (including non-melanogaster species).
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 ,
Monique van Oers
Prof dr
Laboratory of Virology
Wageningen University
Wageningen Gelderland Netherlands
monique.vanoers@wur.nl
Insect Virology
Insect virus host interactions, baculoviruses, SGHV, iridovirus, lepidoptera, Glossinia, Spodoptera exigua, behavioral manipulation, virus entry mechanisms
Mostafa Ghafouri Moghaddam
Ph.D candidate
Plant Protection
University of Zabol
Zahedan Iran Iran
m.ghafourim@yahoo.com

Systematic Braconidae and Ichneumonidae
Raymond St. Leger
Distunguished University Professor
Entomology
University of Maryland
College Park MD USA
stleger@umd.edu
St. Leger
St. Leger has published 145 papers on basic and applied aspects of entomopathogenic fungi ranging from ecology to the complex molecular warfare waged between fungi and their insect victims, and genetic engineering of pathogens to make them much more effective against mosquitoes
Maurijn van der Zee
Dr.
Institute of Biology
Leiden University
Leiden ZH Netherlands
m.van.der.zee@biology.leidenuniv.nl
Van der Zee lab
-comparative genomics and evolution of the TGFbeta ligands -transgenesis, live imaging and blastoderm formation -the function of the serosa in innate immunity
Leigh Boardman
Dr
Entomology & Nematology
University of Florida
Gainesville Fl USA
lboardman@ufl.edu

Integrative and comparative biology, genotype-phenotype interactions and the molecular mechanisms underlying organismal tolerance to environmental stressors
Ronald van Rij
Medical Microbiology
Radboudumc and Radboud Inst for Molecular Life Sciences
Nijmegen - Nijmegen
r.vanrij@ncmls.ru.nl

My lab is interested in antiviral immunity in insects. We study small RNA-based defense systems (siRNA and piRNA) in fruit flies and mosquitoes, and mechanisms by which viruses suppress these responses. Other interests include the identification of non-RNAi based mechanisms of antiviral defense and epigenetic control of innate immunity.
Subbarayalu Mohankumar
Professor
Plant biotechnology
Tamil Nadu agricultural university
Coimbatore Tamil Nadu India
Smktnau@gmail.com
Molecular ecology
Molecular ecology of crop- pest interactions, diversity of pollinators , IPM, pest genetics and genomics
Umut Toprak
Associate Professor
CV
Plant Protection/Entomology
Ankara University
Ankara Ankara Turkey
utoprak@agri.ankara.edu.tr
Molecular Entomology (MOLEN) Lab.
My primary research goals are directed towards understanding insect physiological systems using molecular tools and developing new insect control strategies targeting these systems. My current research is focused on: 1) Identification of insect midgut genes and understanding their functions, specifically in lepidopterans and coleopterans 2) Understanding insect lipid metabolism, particularly related to diapause 3) Development of baculoviral biopesticides and their formulation by synergistics targeting insect midgut defense physiology and function
Elizabeth Walker
Lab Manager/Research Tech Sr.
EEB
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor Michigan United States
walkeliz@umich.edu
Wittkopp Lab
I am broadly interested in evolutionary development and how that plays a role in the diversity of organisms, including gene regulation
Tatiana Torres
Assistant Professor
Genetics and Evolutionary Biology
University of Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo SP Brazil
tttorres@ib.usp.br
Genomics and Evolution of Arthropods
Our research focuses on the investigation of patterns of variability observed in genes and genomes, particularly regulatory variation, and understanding the underlying evolutionary processes involved in the emergence of these patterns. To pursue this we use insects and other arthropods as model organisms.
Cynthia Staber
Sr. Laboratory Manager
Zeitlinger Lab
Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Kansas City MO USA
cst@stowers.org
Zeitlinger Lab
I have worked on Segregation Distorter for many years and now work on regulation of developmental timing in the Drosophila embryo.
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.
Christopher Potter
Assistant Professor
Department of Neuroscience
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore MD USA
cpotter@jhmi.edu
Potter Lab
We are interested in the neural mechanisms underlying insect olfaction. We have initially focused on Drosophila melanogaster, and will extend our research into Anopheles gambiae.
Steve Stowers
Assistant professor
Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Montana State University
Bozeman Montana United States
sstowers@montana.edu

How sensory information is processed by the nervous system to produce behavioral outputs is a long-standing problem in neuroscience, but one far from being understood. My lab exploits the many advantages of the Drosophila model system to study the relationship between somatosensory input and behavior. Our overall strategy is to first map neural circuits associated with specific somatosensory neurons and then manipulate and measure neuronal activity within the circuit to elucidate the fundamental principles of neuronal circuit logic. Since the depth with which a neural circuit will be understood will correlate with the precision with which it can be manipulated, we
Jose-Luis Martínez-Guitarte
Faculty of Sciences
UNED
Madrid Madrid Spain
jlmartinez@ccia.uned.es
Biology and Environmental Toxicology Lab
Ecotoxicology, cell and molecular biology, endocrine disruption, non-coding RNA
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
Michal Zurovec
Dr.
Institute of Entomology
Biology Centre CAS
Ceske Budejovice Czechia Czech Republic
zurovec@entu.cas.cz
Molecular Genetics
Gene mutagenesis by engineered nucleases, Adenosine signaling pathway. We are developing approaches to the investigation of extrinsic controls on tissue growth by using the imaginal discs of Drosophila as a model system.
Mauro Mandrioli
PhD
Life Sciences
University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
Modena Italy Italy
mauro.mandrioli@unimo.it
Insect genetics and Biosciences Lab
Insect cytogenetics and microbiome analysis
Ashok Giri
Sr. Scientist
CV
Biochemical Sciences
CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory
Pune Maharashatra India
ap.giri@ncl.res.in
Plant Molecular Biology Unit
Plant defence mechanisms: We developed group at CSIR-NCL focusing on agricultural biotechnology of high relevance to the current problems. Insect pests are globally severe threat to agriculture where we addressed questions related to molecular insights of plant-insect interactions. Understanding of the plant-insect interaction at molecular level will serve as basis for developing strategies for plant protection in sustainable manner with minimizing use of chemicals. Detoxification mechanisms in insects: To obtain molecular insights in to detoxification mechanisms in Lepidopteran insect pest, Helicoverpa armigera, we are employing "omics" approaches upon exposure of insect to different phytochemicals and insecticide molecules.
Nancy Moran
Professor
Integrative Biology
University of Texas at Austin
Austin TX USA
nancy.moran@austin.utexas.edu
Nancy Moran
I study biology and evolution of insects especially symbiotic relationships. Main groups of interest are aphids, leafhoppers, and bees.
Darren Obbard
Dr
Institute of Evolutionary Biology
University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh Midlothian UK
darren.obbard@ed.ac.uk

Evolutionary Genetics Genome Evolution Drosophila Insect viruses Antiviral RNAi
Wannes Dermauw
Dr.
Crop Protection
Ghent University
Ghent Oost-Vlaanderen Belgium
wannes.dermauw@ugent.be
Acarology
The Acarology lab has a long tradition in studying fundamental and applied aspects of arthropod crop pests. One of the main achievements of our group was the establishment of a new resistance paradigm in arthropods, by documenting the role of heteroplasmy in insecticide resistance (Van Leeuwen et al. 2008). We have also documented the evolutionary adaptation to several xenobiotics, hereby often uncovering the mode of action of agrochemicals in spider mites (Van Leeuwen et al. 2008, 2012, Dermauw et al. 2012). In recent years, our group was one of the key players in a collaborative project to sequence and
Salva Herrero
Associate Professor
Department of Genetics
Universitat de Valencia
Burjassot Valencia España
sherrero@uv.es
GenBqBt Insect-Pathogen Interaction
Studies in our group aim to determine and characterize the components involved in the interaction of Lepidoptera larvae with their pathogens as well as determine novel proteins and mechanisms that could also contribute to reduce the detrimental effects of the pathogens. We are mainly focused on the study of the response of the Lepidoptera Spodoptera exigua (beet armyworm) to two entomopathogens such as Bacillus thuringiensis and baculovirus. In this context, our main objectives are: • Development of genetic tools for the study of pathogen interaction with S. exigua. • Characterization of tritrophic interactions in the mode of action of B. thuringiensis
Nicolas Durand
Ph.D.
Department of Biology
University of Miami
Coral Gables Florida USA
nfdurand@gmail.com
Alex Wilson's lab
Insect physiology and ecology Sap feeding insects Symbiosis
Gregor Bucher
Professor
Evolutionary Developmental Genetics
Georg-August-University Göttingen
Göttingen Niedersachsen Germany
gbucher1@uni-goettingen.de
Evolutionary Developmental Genetics
I am interested in the developmental genetics of the red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum with a focus on the evolution of development. The current topics of the lab are: 1. Large scale RNAi screen "iBeetle" 2. Genetics of insect head development 3. Evolution of neural stem cells of the central complex 4. Pattern formation during meetamorphosis. 5. Development of transgenic tools (misexpression, in vivo imaging, etc).
Yannick Wurm
Lecturer
CV
Organismal Biology
Queen Mary University of London
London London United Kingdom
y.wurm@qmul.ac.uk
Ants, Genomes & Evolution
Social evolution, population genomics, bioinformatics
Renata Da Rosa
PhD
CV
Department of General Biology
State University of Londrina - Brazil
Londrina Paraná Brazil
renata-darosa@uel.br
Laboratory of Animal Cytogenetics
Molecular entomology; Functional Genomics in insects; Molecular cytogenetics and cytogenomics.
Thierry Brévault
Dr
Entomology
CIRAD
Dakar Dakar Senegal
brevault@cirad.fr

Entomology and Ecology
Jonas Schwirz
Project Group Bioresources
Fraunhofer IME
Giessen Hessen Germany
jonas.schwirz@ime.fraunhofer.de

Drosophila genetics and transgenesis
Frank Criscione
Entomology
University of Maryland
Rockville MD USA
fcris@umd.edu

Enhancer trap technologies and mosquito hematology.
Alexander Franz
Dr.
Dept. of Veterinary Pathobiology
University of Missouri
Columbia  Missouri USA
franza@missouri.edu

Arbovirus-mosquito interactions; identification of genes/pathways in mosquitoes determining vector competence for arboviruses; interrupting arbovirus disease cycle in Aedes aegypti
Omar Akbari
Postdoctoral Scholar
Biological Engineering
Caltech
Pasadena CA USA
oakbari@caltech.edu
Bruce Hay Lab
My research focuses on developing innovative population replacement methods for manipulating the composition and/or fate of the wild mosquito vector populations in ways that are catalytic: by introducing relatively small numbers of individuals into natural populations, resulting in effects that increase over time and in space, and that are self-sustaining. These approaches utilize synthetically engineered selfish genetic elements designed to rapidly spread themselves with linked cargo genes into wild populations.
Alimorad Sarafrazi
Dr
CV
Insect Taxonomy Research Department
Iranian Research Institute of Plant Protection
Tehran Tehran/Asia Iran
asarafrazi@yahoo.com
Heteroptera
I'm working on the taxoxnomy of Heteroptera based on morphological and molecular characters. I have also working on the population Genetics of these taxa. Recently I have conducted some works on phyloclimatics of Heteroptera combining the genetic structure and distribution modeling
Peter Armbruster
Associate Professor
CV
Department of Biology
Georgetown University
Washington DC USA
paa9@georgetown.edu
Armbruster
Research in my lab is focused on understanding processes of phenotypic evolution in natural populations and the molecular bases of adaptation. Our approach to these questions is integrative. We perform a wide range of studies, including field ecology, quantitative and population genetics, and molecular physiology. We are currently studying the invasive and medically important mosquito Aedes albopictus, a vector of both dengue fever and Chikungunya virus. Our research intersects with a variety of topics in both invasive species biology and medical entomology, and we are particularly interested in novel approaches that lie at the interface of these
Brenda Oppert
Research Molecular Biologist
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Stored Products Insects Research Unit
USDA Agricultural Research Service, Center for Grain and Animal Health Research
Manhattan KS USA
bso@ksu.edu
BeetleLab
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.
Carolyn McBride
Assistant Professor
Neuroscience and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Princeton University
Princeton NJ USA
lmcbride@rockefeller.edu

The molecular, neural, and evolutionary basis of insect behavior
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
Lucy Firth
Dr
Invertebrate Genetics
Syngenta
Bracknell Berkshire UK
lucy.firth@syngenta.com
Dr. Lucy C. Firth
Drosophila genetic technologies to uncover and understand insecticidal mode of action targets and resistance. Comparative genomics of agronomic pest species.
Luc Swevers
Dr
Biosciences & Applications
NCSR "Demokritos"
Aghia Paraskevi (Athens) Attiki Greece
swevers@bio.demokritos.gr
Insect Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
1) Molecular analysis of the developmental program that directs follicular cell differentiation during oogenesis in silkmoths : in vitro culture of ovarioles, molecular analysis of ecdysone response, analysis of transcription factor function, functional analysis of the nuclear receptor BmE75 during the transition from vitellogenesis to choriogenesis. 2) Analysis of small RNA pathways in lepidopteran insects: the RNA-binding proteins R2D2 and Translin. Development of methods to increase the efficiency of RNAi in lepidopteran insects. 3) Development of methods for control of insect pests: development of baculoviruses as transformation vectors, exploration of transposable elements for insect transformation, environmental RNAi, insect growth regulators. 4)
Karen Barandoc-Alviar
Research Associate
Plant Pathology
Kansas State University
Manhattan KS USA
kbalviar@ksu.edu
Plant-virus-vector interactions lab
My research focuses on virus-vector interaction and we use the emerging model system, Peregrinus maidis, the corn planthopper and Maize mosaic rhabdovirus (MMV). Our goal is to identify vector molecules that respond to virus infection and how changes in vector physiology and behavior affect efficiency of transmission to host plants.
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
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.
Ioannis Eleftherianos
Assistant Professor
Biological Sciences
The George Washington University
Washington DC USA
ioannise@gwu.edu
Insect Infection and Immunity
Our lab uses a tripartite system consisting of three model organisms: an insect, Drosophila; the entomopathogenic (or insect pathogenic) nematode Heterorhabditis; and its symbiotic bacterium Photorhabdus, to investigate the molecular and evolutionary basis of insect immunity, bacterial symbiosis/pathogenicity and nematode parasitism, and to understand the basic principles of the complex interactions between these important biological processes. This system promises to reveal not only how pathogens evolve virulence but also how two pathogens can come together to exploit a common host.
Mohammad Mehrabadi
Department of Entomology
TMU
Tehran Tehran Iran
mehrabadi86@gmail.com

Small regulatory RNAs (microRNAs, piRNAs) and their roles in insect biology and host-pathogen interactions RNA-based antiviral immunity & viral suppressor of RNAi (VSR) Evolution of host-pathogen/microbe interactions Patho-bitechnology (genetic engineering of insect pathogens to enhance virulence and efficiency) Molecular biology of insect viruses and their application in agriculture and medicine
Nazzy Pakpour
Assistant Project Scientist
Medical Microbiology and Immunology
University of California Davis
Davis CALIFORNIA USA
npakpour@ucdavis.edu
Nazzy Pakpour
To elucidate the bidirectional effects of malaria on type 2 diabetes and of type 2 diabetes on malaria. By 2030, one in five adults on the African continent will have type 2 diabetes, resulting in epidemic co-morbidity of these diseases. Therefore, a better understanding of the intersection of malaria infection and type 2 diabetes will be critical for the development of future clinical interventions to reduce the burden of type 2 diabetes complications as well as malaria transmission.
Juan Luis Jurat-Fuentes
Associate Professor
Entomology and Plant Pathology
University of Tennessee
Knoxville TN USA
jurat@utk.edu

Our research is focused on the physiology of the insect gut, particularly the molecular characterization of interactions between the gut epithelium and insecticidal Cry toxins produced by the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), the identification of novel enzymes for biofuel production, and the characterization of the gut regenerative response after pathogenic attack.
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
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.
Cassandra Extavour
Associate Professor
Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Harvard University
Cambridge MA United States
extavour@oeb.harvard.edu
Extavour Lab
My lab is interested in the evolution of early embryonic development. We focus primarily on the evolution and development of reproductive systems, including both the germ line and the somatic components of the gonad. We use molecular genetic developmental analysis, histological analysis, and experimental embryology to study early animal embryogenesis, germ cell specification, and gonad development in several different invertebrate model systems. Our main goal is to understand the evolution of the genetic mechanisms that enabled the evolution of multicellularity, and how these mechanisms employed during early embryogenesis in extant organisms to specify cell fate, development and differentiation.
Rachel Wiltshire
PhD Candidate
Dept. of Biological Sciences
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame IN USA
rwiltshi@nd.edu

Passionate, energetic mosquito DNA geek seeking to contribute to malaria vector control in Uganda and the Solomon Islands.
Naomi Pierce
Hessel Professor of Biology
Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Harvard University
Cambridge MA USA
npierce@oeb.harvard.edu
Pierce lab
Research in the Pierce lab focuses on the behavioral ecology of insect interactions, including mutualisms between social insects and other species, microbiota/ host associations, and insect/plant coevolution. We’ve used molecular characters to reconstruct the evolutionary history of a range of insects (mostly ants, bees, butterflies and moths), and comparative methods to study adaptation and life history evolution, biogeography, rates of diversification and patterns of community assembly. At a functional level, we are also exploring proximate mechanisms underlying trade-offs in a model genetic plant–pathogen–insect system, as well as the interplay of genetics and the environment in the evolution of social behavior
Don Jarvis
Professor
Molecular Biology
University of Wyoming
Laramie WY USA
dljarvis@uwyo.edu

Insect glycobiology with a focus on elucidation and genetic manipulation of pathways of glycoprotein biosynthesis. Developing novel/improved baculovirus-insect cell/insect expression systems.
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
Kasim George
Post doctoral fellow
Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Maryland College Park
Institute for Bioscience & Biotechnology Research
Rockville Maryland USA
kigeorge@umd.edu
O'Brochta Group IBBR
My research interest focuses on host-pathogen interaction. Specifically, I am investigating the interaction of the human malaria pathogen, Plasmodium falciparum and the arthropod vector Anopheles stephensi. Using transgenic technology, I aim to modify to innate immune system of A. stephensi, to increase the intensity of P. falciparum infection for live attenuated sporozoites vaccine development.
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
Marten Edwards
Assoc. Professor
Biology
Muhlenberg College
Allentown PA USA
edwards@muhlenberg.edu
Edwards
I am interested in corpora allata expression in Aedes aegypti. I have prepared 8 constructs that contain 1-3 kb upstream regions of JH biosynthetic enzyme genes fused to EGFP and would like to test them in transgenic Ae. aegypti. If anyone is interested in collaborating with me to test these constructs, please contact me.
Christine Merlin
Assistant Professor
Biology
Texas A&M University
College Station Texas USA
cmerlin@bio.tamu.edu
Merlin Lab
In our laboratory, we use the eastern North American migratory monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) as a model system to study animal clock mechanisms and the role of circadian clocks in a fascinating biological output, the animal long-distance migration. The recent sequencing of the monarch genome and the establishment of genetic tools to knockout clock genes (and others) in vivo using nuclease-mediated gene targeting approaches provides us with a unique opportunity to uncover the molecular and cellular underpinnings of the butterfly clockwork, its migratory behavior and their interplay.
Antonia Monteiro
Associate Professor
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Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore
Singapore Singapore Singapore
antonia.monteiro@nus.edu.sg
Monteiro Lab
We seek to understand the evolution of morphological novelties by focusing on the evolution and development of butterfly wing patterns. Research in the lab addresses both the ultimate selective factors that favor particular wing patterns, as well as the proximate mechanisms that generate those patterns. We combine tools from ethology, population genetics, phylogenetics, and developmental biology to understand the nature of the variation underlying developmental mechanisms within or between species, and why species display their particular color patterns. Our model organisms (so far) have been African satyrid butterflies in the genus Bicyclus, other nymphalids, pierid butterflies, and saturniid moths.
Jackson Sparks
Postdoctoral Research Entomologist
Invasive Insect Biocontrol and Behavior Lab
ARS-USDA
Beltsville MD USA
jackson.sparks@ars.usda.gov

Our research is aimed at characterizing the molecular components of the mosquito chemosensory repertoire. Our mission is to deliver methods to identify novel repellents or repellent blends. We hope to identify all major molecular classes susceptible to repellent effects in order to screen novel compounds or mixtures. The significance of individual chemosensory genes are validated through chemosensory organ expression analyses, genetic manipulation and electrophysiological and behavioral assays.
Kevin Nyberg
Biology
University of Maryland, College Park
College Park MD USA
kevingnyberg@gmail.com

I am currently researching the expression and evolution of long noncoding RNAs in the genus Drosophila.
Wayne Hunter
Research Entomologist
Subtropical Insects Research Unit
USDA-ARS
Fort Pierce Florida USA
wayne.hunter@ars.usda.gov
U.S. Horticultural Research Lab
RNAi to manage hemipteran pests, Psyllid & Leafhopper Genomics. Viral pathogens, cell culture.
Susanta Behura
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame Indiana USA
sbehura@nd.edu

My work focuses on insect genetics and genomics. My primary interests are on functional and evolutionary genomics of vector competence of Aedes aegypti to dengue virus infection. Other specific areas of interest are 1) Comparative genomics, 2) Transcriptomics 3) Codon bias and translational selection, 4) Mitochondria and Numt, 5) Transposable elements and repeat sequences, 6) Non-coding RNAs, 7) Genome sequencing and analysis, and genome-wide association studies.
Thomas Werner
Assistant Professor
Biological Sciences
Michigan Technological University
Houghton Michigan USA
twerner@mtu.edu
Werner Lab
Evo-devo and toxicology in Drosophila. Please visit: http://www.mtu.edu/biological/department/faculty/werner/
Nicole Gerardo
Assistant Professor
Biology
Emory University
Atlanta GA - Georgia United States
nicole.gerardo@emory.edu
The Gerardo Lab
Our lab's focus is on the evolutionary ecology of interactions between microbes and hosts. We are interested in how both beneficial and harmful microbes establish and maintain relationships with their hosts. Such associations are shaped by ecological limitations on host range, evolutionary trade-offs for both hosts and microbes, and host immunology. We combine genomics, phylogenetics and experimental approaches to study these forces in diverse insect-microbe systems.
Dr. Rakesh Mishra
CV
CCMB
Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology
Hyderabad Telangana India
mishra@ccmb.res.in
Senior Principal Scientist and Group Leader
We are interested in understanding how non-coding part of the genome, including repetitive sequences, brings about cell type specific is packaging and how once this packaging established it is maintained by epigenetic cellular memory mechanisms. We use Hox gene complexes as loci in model systems, Drosophila and zebrafish, to address theses issues address evolution of complexity in animals. By analyzing the genome organization in the context of nuclear architecture we study the structural basis of cellular memory. We propose that embryonic development is setting up of functional form of genome (epigenome or cell type specific chromatin) starting from the stem cell
Jae Park
Assoc Professor
BCMB
Univ. of Tennessee
Knoxville TN USA
jae.park99@gmail.com

Our research interests are to understand the molecular mechanisms of the programmed cell death in the nervous system using Drosophila as a model. We also have interests in elucidating biological functions of various peptidergic neurons.
Yehuda Ben-Shahar
Assistant Professor
Biology
Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis Missouri USA
benshahary@wustl.edu
Ben-Shahar lab at Wash U
We are interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying behavioral plasticity on three major time scales: evolutionary, Developmental and Physiological. We address these questions with the powerful genetic model Drosophila melanogaster (the fruit fly), and the emerging model for complex social behaviors, the European honey bee, Apis mellifera. Research approaches in the lab include behavior, genetics, genomics, molecular and cellular biology, and neurophysiology.
Darko Cotoras
PhD Candidate
CV
Integrative Biology
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley California USA
darkocotoras@berkeley.edu
Evolution of terrestrial invertebrates on islands
I am interested on historical processes that create biodiversity, particularly in conditions of isolation. I am studying the temporal dynamic of the adaptive radiation of the Tetragnatha spiders in the Hawaiian archipelago. For that, I am using population genetics and phylogenetics approaches (Exon Capture -NGS- and Sanger sequencing) using fresh and museum samples. As a complement, I am also studying the color polymorphism of several species and their habitat (plant) preferences. In parallel, I am doing phylogenetic studies on endemic spiders from the Juan Fernández archipelago and characterizing the spider community of Rapa
Badrul Arefin
Molecular Biosciences
Stockholm University
Stockholm   Sweden
badrul.arefin@su.se
Ulrich Theopold
I am interested in to understand the molecular and the cellular mechanisms involved in the response against nematode infections in Drosophila melanogaster. Currently, I am working on insect immunity, particularly Drosophila immunity towards entomopathogenic nematodes (EPN). Until now, our knowledge on Drosophila immunity mostly comes from studies of bacterial and fungal infections. However, nematode parasites are considered one the biggest threats to human health, causing diseases leading to death. Even when they are not killing, they could stay in the host and cause chronic diseases. Lymphatic filariasis is such an example which is caused by Wuchereria bancrofti (filarial nematode).
Kevin Temeyer
Research Molecular Biologist
CV
Agricultural Research Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Kerrville Texas USA
kevin.temeyer@ars.usda.gov
Knipling-Bushland U.S. Livestock Insects Research Laboratory
Incumbent is a Research Molecular Biologist in the Livestock Insects Research Unit of the Knipling-Bushland U.S. Livestock Insects Research Laboratory, Kerrville, Texas. The research is a component of ARS National Program 104 – Veterinary, Medical and Urban Entomology. Incumbent is Lead Scientist for the Biting Fly CRIS Project with objectives to 1) develop new attractants, repellents, and behavior modifying chemicals based on physiology of chemical reception; 2) evaluate efficacy of novel technologies for control of flies; and 3) determine interactions between flies and microorganisms that affect survival of the insects and their capability to transmit pathogens. Incumbent is Lead Scientist
Margareth Capurro
Associate Professor
Dept Parasitology
Universidade de Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo SP Brazil
mcapurro@icb.usp.br
Genetically Modify Mosquitoes
Produce transgenic mosquitoes that can block dengue transmission. Also I am the Coordinator for PAT - Aedes transgenic Project that is the evaluation of OX513A Aedes aegypti strain in field releases studies in Brazil.
Jeffrey Marcus
Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg MB Canada
marcus@cc.umanitoba.ca
Evolutionary developmental genetics of butterflies
My research interests focus on the evolution of developmental mechanisms. My laboratory studies the genetic and developmental basis of phenotypic variation, primarily using colour pattern formation in butterflies and moths as a model system. We employ a variety of approaches in our experiments including genomics, molecular phylogenetics, transgenics, immunohistochemistry, and computational biology.
Gloria I. Giraldo-Calderón
VectorBase Scientific Liaison/Outreach Manager
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame IN USA
ggiraldo@nd.edu
VectorBase
I teach scientist at all career stages, students, postdocs, technicians, researchers, and faculty, how to use VectorBase data, tools and resources. I also teach how to manually annotate genes to submit them in VectorBase, we currently use Artemis but will soon host WebApollo too. Our developers are currently working on VectorBase Galaxy, soon will be teaching how to use it too.
Kushal Suryamohan
CV
Biochemistry
University at Buffalo
Buffalo New York USA
kushalsuryamohan@gmail.com

As a Computer Science graduate and a PhD candidate in Biochemistry, I am interested in both computational biology and wet-lab genetics/molecular biology. In collaboration with the Sinha lab in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (http://www.sinhalab.net/sinha-s-home), we have developed a computational pipeline to predict cis-regulatory modules (CRMs) genome-wide in evolutionarily diverged dipteran species such as the honey bee, malaria mosquito, wasp, and the flour beetle, by using enhancers identified experimentally in Drosophila melanogaster. Currently, I am interested in the gene regulatory circuitry for central nervous system specification in the fruit
Björn Brembs
Prof. Dr.
Institute of Zoology - Neurogenetics
Universität Regensburg
Regensburg Bavaria Germany
bjoern@brembs.net

We are interested in the neurobiology of spontaneous behavioral choice and operant learning.
Josephine Reinhardt
Postdoctoral Fellow
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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.
Dayalan Srinivasan
Assistant Professor
Biological Sciences
Rowan University
Glassboro NJ USA
srinivasan@rowan.edu

We use the pea aphid, an insect that displays several polyphenisms, as our model for understanding the genetic, epigenetic cellular basis of phenotypic plasticity as well as its evolution.
Paul Shirk
Research Physiologist
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Insect Behavior and Biocontrol Research Unit
USDA-ARS CMAVE
Gainesville Florida USA
paul.shirk@ars.usda.gov
Shirk Lab
The Shirk lab is currently creating the genetic and microbiological tools necessary to genetically transform obligate intracellular alpha-proteobacteria particularly Wolbachia. This requires modification and application of transgenic systems utilized in transgenesis of insects. We are also collaborating with other labs to achieve somatic and germline transformation of the jewel wasp, Nasonia vitripennis, the varroa mite, Varroa destructor, and the Mediterranean flour moth, Ephestia kuehniella employing piggyBac vectors.
Prof. Dr. Ernst A. Wimmer
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Department of Developmental Biology
Georg-August University Goettingen
Goettingen Lower Saxony Germany
ewimmer@gwdg.de
Developmental Biology and Insect Biotechnology
The research in the department of developmental biology covers a variety of developmental and physiological processes (e.g. head development, brain development, limb development, segmentation, germ cell differentiation, development and function of stink glands, as well as olfaction), their molecular basis, and their evolutionary conservation or diversification. In addition, novel approaches to insect pest management are developed using developmental genes and molecular biology tools. The animal model systems used at the department include a series of arthropods: insects, crustaceans, spiders.
Steve Paterson
Professor
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Centre for Genomic Research
University of Liverpool
Liverpool Merseyside UK
s.paterson@liv.ac.uk
Centre for Genomic Research
Genomics and population genetics, particularly of host-parasite interactions. Bioinformatics, including RNAseq, de novo assembly and annotation. Sequenced Plodia interpunctella genome.
Kallare Arunkumar
Scientist
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Laboratory of Molecular Genetics
Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics
Hyderabad Telangana India
arun@cdfd.org.in
Laboratory of Molecular Genetics
During the last one decade, research in the silkworm, Bombyx mori has witnessed explosive developments which include unveiling of complete genome sequence; availability of large amount of transcirptomics resources through ESTs, microarray and RNAseq; high density linkage and physical maps; map-based cloning; well-established piggyBac mediated transgenics; TALENs based gene disruption systems; and identification of critical genes for proliferation of baculovirus. The concomitant advancements in other insects such as Drosophila, Honeybee, Mosquito, and Tribolium, particularly in understanding sex-determination mechanisms, microRNA functions, molecular mechanisms of immune response pathways and RNAi-based analysis of gene functions, provide impetus to build silkworm as a basic
Mr. Shreeharsha Tarikere
Biology
IISER Pune
pune maharashtra india
harsha_tts1@yahoo.co.uk

Wing development in insects with focus on lepidoptera
Yoonseong Park
Professor
Entomology
Kansas State University
Manhattan Kansas USA
ypark@ksu.edu
Arthropod Molecular Physiology Laboratory
We study molecular physiology of arthropod species to gain fundamental knowledge and to apply the knowledge to improve human life. 1. My research focuses on evolution of neuropepetides, their receptors, and functions. Model arthropods that we study are the species fruitfly (Drosophila melanogaster), red flour beetle (Tribolium castaneum), and blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis). 2. Ticks are obligatory ectoparasites that feed on the blood of vertebrate hosts and often transmit pathogens. We investigate neural and hormonal mechanisms controlling salivary secretion, involving multiple neuropeptides and catecholamines.
Arnaud Martin
Post-Doctoral Research Assistant
Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
University of California Berkley
BERKELEY CA USA
heliconiuswing@gmail.com
Evolution and Development of butterflies and moths
I am a developmental biologist who specializes in evolutionary studies of the genotype-phenotype map, in particular in non-model organisms of ecological interest. I am particularly interested in the generative mechanisms of evolutionary change and use a combination of comparative, genomic and developmental tools in lepidopterans to tackle how the genetic properties of living systems generate variation and biodiversity.
Stefan Baumgartner
Professor
Dept. of Experimental Medical Sciences
Lund University
Lund SE Sweden
Stefan.Baumgartner@med.lu.se
Baumgartner Lab
We are mainly interested in the mechanisms involved in early patterning of the insect embryo and work mostly on the bicoid gene in Drosophila. There, we analyze the mechanisms that lead to the formation of the bicoid mRNA gradient which ultimately dictates the Bicoid protein gradient. Lately, we also developed an interest in patterning events in Lucilia sericata and Bactrocera dorsalis. There, we work on the orthodenticle, Kruppel and the even-skipped genes.
Stephanie Mohr
Director of the DRSC
Genetics
Harvard Medical School
Boston MA USA
stephanie_mohr@hms.harvard.edu
Drosophila RNAi Screening Center & Genome Engineering Production Group
At the Drosophila RNAi Screening Center (DRSC) and more recently founded Genome Engineering Production Group (GEPG), we focus on the use of and new developments in RNA interference (RNAi), the CRISPR/Cas system, and other functional genomics approaches, including genome engineering. We are a community-focused group dedicated to transferring technologies, know-how and research materials to others for their research. We also have a growing suite of software tools and databases. Our resources are developed primarily for use with Drosophila melanogaster but many of the same approaches, underlying software, research materials, etc. can be used for non-model insects.
David Marcey
Fletcher Jones Professor of Developmental Biology
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Biology
California Lutheran University
Thousand Oaks California USA
marcey@clunet.edu
Marcey Lab
The compound eye of Drosophila melanogaster consists of about 800 ommatidia in a polar arrangement around the dorsoventral (D-V) midline. Each ommatidium consists of eight photoreceptor cells arranged in a trapezoidal fashion with two mirror-symmetric forms, a dorsal form above the D-V midline, and a ventral form below. When differentiation of the ommatidia begins within the epithelium of the third instar larval eye-antennal imaginal disc, each ommatidium is a bilaterally symmetrical cluster of photoreceptor precursors polarized in the anteroposterior axis. These precursors become polarized on the D-V axis by proto-ommatidium rotation. The establishment of polarity along the D-V axis requires
William Reid
Post Doctoral Associate
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Entomology
University of Maryland
IBBR
Rockville MD USA
wzr0005@tigermail.auburn.edu
O'Brochta lab
Working with forward genetic technologies in Anopheles stephensi
Rob Harrell Robert Harrell
ITF Manager
undergraduate
Insect Transformation Facility
IBBR-University of Maryland
Rockville Maryland United States
harrelr@umd.edu
University of Maryland Insect Transformation Facility
The University of Maryland Insect Transformation Facility (UM-ITF) provides functional genomics researchers access to transgenic and non-transgenic genome altering technologies. The techniques for altering insect genomes have been available for many years however they have not been widely used, mainly because the technology requires a high level of expertise and specialized equipment. The mission of the UM-ITF is to aid researchers in the creation of genetically modified insects through; fee for service microinjection of insects with developed genome altering protocols, collaboration to develop genome altering protocols for insects without such protocols, training for researchers who are interested in
Channa Aluvihare
Research Technician
technician
Insect Transformation Facility
Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research
University of Maryland College Park at Shady Grove
Rockville MD USA
aluvihar@umd.edu
Insect Transformation Facility
Insect rearing for genetic modification, genetically modified organisms and gene delivery systems.
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.
Alfred Handler
Research Geneticist
faculty
Center for Medical, Agricultural and Veterinary Entomology
USDA, Agricultural Research Service
Gainesville FL United States
al.handler@ars.usda.gov
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Our research is focused on understanding and manipulating the genes of tephritid fruit flies, a group of invasive pests of significant agricultural importance. We study transposable elements and their use as vectors for germ-line transformation, and development of new vector systems for genomic targeting and transgene stability.
Dr. Christina Grozinger
Professor of Entomology
faculty
Department of Entomology
Pennsylvania State University
College of Agricultural Sciences
University Park PA United States
cmgrozinger@psu.edu
Grozinger Lab
My program seamlessly integrates research, education, outreach and service related to the biology and health of honey bees and other pollinators.  My research addresses both basic and applied questions, using a highly trans-disciplinary approach encompassing genomics, physiology, neurobiology, behavior, and chemical ecology.  My program consists of two main areas of study, which examine the mechanisms underlying social behavior and health in honey bees and related species.  Our studies on social behavior seek to elucidate the proximate and ultimate mechanisms that regulate complex chemical communication systems in insect societies.  Our studies on honey bee health examine how biotic and abiotic stressors
Dr. Jamie Walters
Assistant Professor
faculty
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Kansas
Lawrence KS United States
jrwalters@ku.edu
James R. Walters Profile
The adaption and speciation in the Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)
Dr. Susan Brown
Distinguished Professor
faculty
Division of Biology
Kansas State University
Manhattan KS United States
sjbrown@ksu.edu
Brown Lab
The Brown lab is using the Irys high-throughput genome mapping platform from BioNano Genomics to improve the Tribolium castaneum genome.
Dr. Jennifer Brisson
Assistant Professor
faculty
Department of Biology
University of Rochester
Rochester NY United States
jbrisso3@bio.rochester.edu
Brisson Lab
genetic mapping and association mapping using Illumina data, as well as Illumina (RNA-Seq) studies; in situ hybridization of RNA to embryos, methyl-Seq
Dr. Jeffrey Stuart
Professor, Insect Molecular Genetics
faculty
Department of Entomology
Purdue University
West Lafayette IN United States
stuartjj@purdue.edu
Stuart Lab
Dr. Stuart's research is largely focused on the molecular genetics of plant-insect interactions. Currently, it is centered on understanding the mechanisms that allow plant-galling arthropods to create galls on plants and testing the hypothesis that arthropod-produced effector proteins have evolved to create the extended phenotypes we call plant galls. Toward that goal, we have been improving the Hessian fly (HF, Mayetiola destructor), one of the most economically important gall midges, as a genetically tractable experimental organism for studies of plant-insect interactions and arthropod-induced plant-gall formation. Recent efforts have sequenced and assembled the HF genome and ordered approximately 60% of the
David O’Brochta
Professor
faculty
Department of Entomology; Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology Research
University of Maryland
dobrocht@umd.edu
Rockville MD United States
dobrocht@umd.edu
O'Brochta Lab
Our research focuses on insect molecular genetics with particular interest in the study of insects that transmit human diseases although our interests are very broad. Our interests in genetics center around the study of transposable elements.  Those interests range from questions concerning their basic biology and aspects of their movement to more applied question concerning their development and use as genome manipulation tools.  Our insect interests are centered mainly on mosquitoes and the physiological genetics of Plasmodium infection.