Participants

Participation in the Insect Genetic Technologies Research Coordination Network is open to students (undergraduate and graduate), postdoctoral researchers, technical and scientific staff and independent investigators with an interest in insect science, genomics and genetic technologies. Knowledge of and/or expertise with insect genetic technologies is not required to participate in this network. In fact, those without specific knowledge of insect genetic technologies are especially encouraged to participate so that a broader understanding and application of these technologies can be developed.

As a participant you will be able to fully interact and access the resources on this site. You will be able to find experts interested in technologies or insect systems you are interested in, find consultants or collaborators and submit content to this site in the form of ‘posts’ to Technology Topics, Knowledgebase, Network Announcements and Activities.


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Participant Contact Research Focus
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
Kostas Mathiopoulos
Professor, Department Chair
Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology
University of Thessaly
Larissa Larissa Greece
kmathiop@bio.uth.gr

Molecular biology and genomics of economically important pests, particularly Tephritids. Focus on olfactory and reproductive systems. Study of the structure, function and evolution of the Y chromosome.
Maria Soto-Aguilar
Project Scientist
Department of Plant Pathology
University of California, Davis
Davis CA United States
msotoaguilar@ucdavis.edu

plant-pathogen-vector interaction
Desalegn Tadese Mengistu
Medical Parasitology and Entomology
College of Health Sciences, Mekelle University
Mekelle Tigrai Ethiopia
desalegn.tadesse@mu.edu.et

Insecticide Resistance Pattern of Anopheles Vectors
Andrew Guinness
Ph.D. Student
CV
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame Indiana USA
aguinnes@nd.edu

Broadly, I am interested in molecular signalling and transgenic targets in insect vectors, most specifically applied to mosquitoes.
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
Antonis Giakountis
Assistant Professor
Biochemistry and Biotechnology
University of Thessaly
Larisa Larisa Greece
agiakountis@uth.gr
Molecular Biology and Genomics
long non-coding RNAs, chromatin architecture, epigenomics, transcriptional regulation, development
Andrew Nuss
Assistant Professor
Agriculture, Nutrition, and Veterinary Science
University of Nevada Reno
Reno Nevada United States of America
nuss@cabnr.unr.edu
Nuss Lab
My research interests mainly are focused on the physiology of neurohormonal signaling in insects of agricultural, medical, and veterinary importance. I am particularly interested in peptide hormones of the gut and their role in insect behavior, digestion, and nutrient storage. Projects include insecticide discovery by targeting peptide receptors and physiological functions of peptide hormones produced in the insect gut and nervous system. I am also interested in mosquito olfaction and the factors that allow certain species to discriminate between feeding on humans and other animals.
jacinta chuang
Sr. reseatch scientist
biochemistry
ut southwestern med ctr
dallas tx usa
jacinta.chuang@utsouthwestern.edu

metabolic diseases
Debdeep Dutta
Department of Molecular and Human Genetics
B.H.U.
Varanasi Uttar Pradesh India
debdeep.brc@gmail.com

Currently, I am working on regulation of Notch signaling and its crosstalk with other signaling pathways
Xiudao Yu
Dr.
Citrus Research and Education Center
University of Florida
Lake Alfred FL United States
yuxiudao@163.com

Insect molecular biology; Transgenic plants for insect management
Nicole Gutzmann
Graduate Student
Entomology
NCSU
Raleigh NC United States
negutzma@ncsu.edu
Lorenzen Lab
Functional and social analysis of pest management technologies and their development
Ting-Hsuan Lu
PhD student
Department of Developmental Biology
Georg-August-University Goettingen
GZMB, Ernst-Caspari-Haus
Goettingen - Germany
thslu16@gmail.com

Functional characterization of eye size differences between D. melanogaster and D. mauritiana.
OLUSOLA SOKEFUN
Dr
Genetics / Bioinformatics
Lagos State University, Faculty of Science, Ojo
Lagos Lagos Nigeria
osokefun@gmail.com
Genetics / Bioinformatics Lab
Phylogeny, Barcoding, Population Genetics
Michael O. Kusimo
Dr.
CV
Independent researcher
IITA, Benin Station
Ifako-Ogba Lagos Nigeria
gkusimo@gmail.com

1. Molecular detoxification mechanisms in insect vectors and development of new reagents to overcome insecticide resistance 2. Assessment of new model organisms 3. Mapping of the distribution of mosquito-borne pathogens 4. Chromosomal gene screening and testing 5. Directed evolution of genes 6. Understanding the molecular mechanism of antimicrobial resistance genes 7. Development of amber temperature stable enzymes
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.
Erin Scully
Research Molecular Biologist
USDA-ARS
Stored Product Insect and Engineering Research Unit
Manhattan Kansas United States
Erin.Scully@ars.usda.gov

My research focuses on the functional genomics of sensory systems of stored product insects.
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
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.
Mridula Gupta
CV
Department of Entomology
Punjab Agricultural University, Regional Research Station, Faridkot
Faridkot Punjab India
mridulagupta10@gmail.com
Entomology Lab
Presently, I am working as Research Fellow at Punjab Agricultural University, Regional Station,Faridkot, Punjab, India. The prime focus of my research is to identify the vital targets/ genes in Bemisia tabaci, A. biguttulla biguttulla and Earias sp, which are amenable to RNAi. We are trying to target osomregulation in hemipeteran insect through downregulation of aquaporin, calcitonin like receptor and diuretic hormone (DH-31). In Earias sp our focus is on disruption of ecdysis and other vital physiological process such as vitellogensis. We are also trying to improve the efficiency of RNAi in hemipeteran and lepidopteran insects using nanoparticles (chitosan and carbon quantum
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.
MUJEEB OLUSHOLA SHITTU
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Michigan Technological University
HOUGHTON Michigan United States
mshittu@mtu.edu
Werner's Lab
Studying the evolution and development of complex colour patterns in Drosophila guttifera
Steve Young
School of Integrative Plant Science
Cornell University
Ithaca NY USA
sly27@cornell.edu

Invasive pests
Pratima Chennuri
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Entomology
Texas A&M University
College Station TX USA
pratima.chennuri@live.co.uk

Gene Drives.
Sanjay Basu
CV
Arthropod Genetics
The Pirbright Institute
Woking Surrey UK
sanjay.basu@pirbright.ac.uk

Aedes aegypti, Anopheles gambiae, Culex quinquefasciatus, transgenesis, gene-editing, gene drive, refractory transgenes, site-specific integration, RMCE, transposons, HDR/NHEJ, virology, underdominance, molecular biology
Gajalakshmi Muthu
CV
of Biotechnology (Molecular Entomology)
Indian Institute of Horticultural Research
Bangalore  karanataka India
gajalakshmiagri@gmail.com

Molecular Entomology, Insecticide Resistance, Taxonomy
Anna Buchman
Project Scientist
Department of Entomology
UC Riverside
Riverside CA USA
annabuch@ucr.edu
Akbari Lab
I am currently working to develop replacement and suppression gene drive systems in fruit flies and mosquitoes.
Monika Gulia-Nuss
Assistant Professor
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Nevada, Reno
RENO Nevada USA
mgulianuss@unr.edu
Vector Biology Lab
My research program investigates the fundamental questions related to vector biology and vector-parasite interactions. I am particularly interested in aspects of reproductive physiology, nutrient allocation, vector competence, and population genomics.
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'.
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
Lewis Hun
Lewis Hun M.S
CV
Entomology and Insect Science
University of Arizona
Tucson AZ United States
Lewisvibulhun@email.arizona.edu
The Riehle Lab
I'm interested in new strategies for controlling mosquitoes and the diseases they transmit. Malaria is one of the leading causes of death from infectious diseases worldwide. The mosquitoes Anopheles stephensi is a major vector of the causative Plasmodium agents in India. Due to emerging challenges such as drug resistance in Plasmodium and insecticide resistance in the mosquito, there is an increasing need for novel malaria control strategies. Malaria parasites must develop for up to two weeks in the mosquito, and conceptually, this development can be disrupted by enhancing mosquito innate immunity or by shortening the mosquito's lifespan. The insulin/IGF-1 signaling
sanket deshmukh
AGROCHEMICAL AND PEST MANAGMENT
SHIVAJI UNIVERSITY
nagpur maharstra india
sssanketdeshmukh@gmail.com

insilico study for pest managment
Glady Samuel
Entomology
Texas A&M
College Station TX USA
hsamuel@tamu.edu

Vector Borne diseases, Vector Viral Interactions, Mosquito Antiviral pathways
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
Yoshinori Tomoyasu
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
Miami University
Oxford OH USA
tomoyay@miamioh.edu
Tomoyasu lab
My research interests revolve around understanding the molecular basis underlying morphological evolution. We use insect wings as a model, and investigate the emergence and divergence of this evolutionary critical structure, that has made insects one of the most successful group of animals on this planet. We also study the systemic aspect of RNA interference (RNAi) in insects. RNAi, in which dsRNA suppresses the translation of homologous mRNA, is a highly conserved cellular defense mechanism. In some organisms, the RNAi response can be transmitted systemically from cell to cell, a phenomenon termed ‘systemic RNAi’. Understanding systemic RNAi will be crucial for the
Christian Ogaugwu
Dr
Animal and Environmental Biology
Federal University Oye-Ekiti
Oye-Ekiti Ekiti State Nigeria
christian.ogaugwu@fuoye.edu.ng

Control of insect pests and disease vectors using molecular techniques. Functional insect genomics.
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
Jeff Demuth
Associate Professor
CV
Department of Biology
University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington Texas United States
jpdemuth@uta.edu
Demuth Lab
Evolutionary genetics and genomics. Speciation. Sex chromosome evolution. Gene family evolution. Sexual selection.
OLABISI ALAMU
Mr
CV
Plant Gemetic Resources
National Centre for Genetic Resources and Biotechnology (NACGRAB)
iBADAN OYO STATE Nigeria
bisialamu@gmail.com
Seed Testing Laboratory
PhD student with the Department of Crop,Soil and Pest Management,Federal University Technology Akure( FUTA),Nigeria and a Senior Research Scientist with the NACGRAB. The current research seek to develop innovative compounds from botanicals for the control of fruit and vegetative pests of vegetables and fruit crops in Sub Sahara Africa( SSA)
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.
Muhammad Asif Qayyoum
Dr.
CV
ENTOMOLOGY DEPARTMENT
University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (PAK.)
University of Kentucky (USA)
FAISALABAD PUNJAB PAKISTAN
asifqayyoum@gmail.com
MUHAMMAD ASIF QAYYOUM
Soil/manure inhabiting mites taxonomy of mites parasitic mites
Ma.Anita Bautista
Dr.
CV
Functional Genomics Laboratory
National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Quezon City National Capital Region Philippines
mambautista69@gmail.com
Functional Genomics
I currently handle research projects involving transcriptome and genome analyses of termites and selected insect pests of coconut and rice, an insect parasitoid, stingless bees, plant pathogens, and Philippine coconut varieties.
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.
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
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.
Phanidhar Kukutla
Postdoctoral research associate
Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care
Mass General Hospital
Charlestown Massachusetts  USA
pkukutla@mgh.harvard.edu

I am interested in pursuing research that addresses questions related to biology/physiology of disease vectors, host-microbe-pathogen interactions, molecular genetics of host-associated bacteria, and engineering microbes for pharmaceutical/biotech applications.
Vikas Suman
Dr.
CV
Insect Cytogenetics
GOVERNMENT DEGREE COLLEGE, NERWA
District Shimla Himachal Pradesh INDIA
viks_suman@yahoo.co.in

My research focus on cytological characterization of holocentric chromosomes in Heteropteran insetcs, using C-banding and Fluorescent staining. We identify cytological markers in different families of Heteroptera used to differentiate species which are morphological alike. Also the study help us to classify families which are alike in cytological behaviour not just of morphological characters.
Zeeshan Shaukat
Dr
CV
Genetics and Evolution
University of Adelaide
Adelaide South Australia Australia
zeeshan.shaukat@adelaide.edu.au
Gregory Lab
Chromosomal INstability (CIN), a hallmark of cancer, refers to cells with an increased rate of gain or loss of whole chromosomes or chromosome parts. As CIN is not found in normal cells, it offers a cancer-specific target for therapy. We generated a CIN model in Drosophila by knocking down the spindle checkpoint, and screened for candidate knockdowns that induce apoptosis only in CIN cells. Genes identified include those involved in the DNA damage/repair pathway, JNK signaling pathway, mitotic cytoskeletal regulation and metabolism. The screen demonstrates that it is feasible to selectively kill cells with CIN. CIN is linked to the
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).
Anne-Christine Auge
Junior Technician
Cellular and Molecular Medicine (CMM)
University of Ottawa
Ottawa Ontario Canada
aauge@uottawa.ca

I work in a new Drosophila melanogaster lab, studying the neurological and genetic bases of social and sexual behaviour in fruit flies.
Lien Thi Phuong Nguyen
Ph.D
CV
Insect Ecology Department
Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources
Hanoi Hanoi Vietnam
phuonglientit@gmail.com

My work is focusing on the inventory of hymenopterans and their ecology and behavior, especially wasps of the family Vespidae, bees of the family Apidae and ants of the family Formicidae, concentrating on the conservation of various areas within Vietnam such as limestone forest and mangrove forest.
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.
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
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.
Joaquin de Navascues
Research Fellow
European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute
Cardiff University
Cardiff Cardiff United Kingdom
denavascuesj@cardiff.ac.uk

I am interested in how cells take decisions based on inter cellular signalling, in particular about differentiation. I study this in the context of the adult intestinal stem cells of the fruit fly.
Singo Kikuta
Assistant Professor
Graduate School of Bio-Applications & Systems Engineering (BASE)
Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
Koganei Tokyo Japan
singo@cc.tuat.ac.jp

I study the molecular/cellular dynamics involved in insect physiology using fluorescent proteins. My research is to understand transportation of sugars, metabolites or small molecules such as hormone. I develop genetically encoded FRET-based sensors to detect, visualize, and quantify circulating molecules in the hemolymph. And also, I am interested in the gene transfer technologies against non-model organisms to understand specialized characteristics in themselves.
Maria-Dolors Piulachs
Research Scientist at CSIC
Functional Genomics and Evolution
Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (CSIC-Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Barcelona APO/FPO EUROPE / ATLANTIC Spain
mdolors.piulachs@ibe.upf-csic.es
Insect reproduction Lab.
Our long term objective is to elucidate how the oogenesis in insects is regulated, considering the structural diversity of ovary types and their respective evolutionary history.
Neha Kulkarni
Bioinformatics
Department of Bioinformatics, Savitribai Phule Pune University (University of Pune)
Pune Maharashtra India
5591.neha@gmail.com

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Takashi Kiuchi
Assistant Professor
Department of Agricultural and Environmental Biology
Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo
Bunkyo-ku Tokyo Japan
kiuchi@ss.ab.a.u-tokyo.ac.jp
Laboratory of Insect Genetics and Bioscience
Sex determination, Diapause, Host plant preference
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
Christopher Cunningham
Ph.D.
Department of Genetics
University of Georgia, Athens
Athens GA USA
cbc83@uga.edu
Moore Laboratory
My research focuses on the genetic and hormonal control of complex social behavior, such as social dominance networks and parent-offspring interactions. My current model system is Nicrophorus vespilloides, a burying beetle (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicrophorus_vespilloides). I am particularly interested in the role of neurotransmitters and neuropeptides in these behaviors and their natural variation. I use many techniques to answer my questions of interest; including, bioinformatics, gene expression, and proteomic tools.
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 /
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
Aine O’Sullivan
Department of Entomology
Penn State University
University Park PA USA
aiosullivan29@gmail.com
Grozinger Lab
My research is focused on how bumble bee health can be improved by implementation of different genetic technologies to mitigate the effects of abiotic and biotic stressors.
Nitin Gupta
Assistant Professor
Biological Sciences and Bioengineering
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Kanpur UP India
nitiniitk@gmail.com

I am interested in understanding the fundamental mechanisms used by neural circuits for processing information in deeper layers of the mosquito olfactory system (sense of smell). I am particularly interested in understanding the neural mechanisms by which specific odors become attractive or aversive to mosquitoes. I plan to use a variety of techniques, including in vivo electrophysiology (intracellular recordings), histology, behavioral observations, and computational modeling. I am looking to collaborate with researchers who have expertise in genetic manipulations of mosquitoes. I am also looking to hire post-docs and PhD students in my lab.
Ferdinand NANFACK MINKEU
Mr
Parasitology and Mycology
Pasteur
Paris Paris 15 France
nanleplot@yahoo.fr

My researches are focused on host-pathogen interactions in African malaria mosquito. Transgenic tools to fight malaria Modification of Tribolium castaneum and Sitophilus oryzae for SIT control
Hector Quemada
Director, Biosafety Resource Network
Institute for International Crop Improvement
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
St. Louis MO USA
hquemada@danforthcenter.org

My area of work is the regulation of genetically engineered organisms, including transgenic insects and transgenic crops.
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
Jiannong Xu
Associate Professor
Biology
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces NM USA
jxu@nmsu.edu

I am interested in mosquito functional genomics and symbiosis between mosquito and associated microbiome. I am also interested in the genomics of sand fly, Phlebotomus chinesis, a vector of Leishmaniasis.
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.
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.
Hasan Basibuyuk
Dr
Biology
Cumhuriyet University
Sivas Central Anatolia Turkey
hbbuyuk@cumhuriyet.edu.tr
CUMSAG
My main research areas include higher-level phylogeny, functional morphology, and systematics of Hymenoptera. I am interested in phylogeny and taxonomy of Turkish sawflies, in particularly stem borers (Cephidae), and also molecular systematics, evolution, phylogeny and phylogeography of Anatolian biodiversity. My ongoing research projects are on the evolution of mitochondrial genome in Hymenoptera (mostly sawflies) and utility of COI and ITS2 in barcoding of holo-and hemimetabolous insects.
JohnsonkeW Kinyua
Dr.
Department of Biochemistry
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
Nairobi Kiambu Kenya
johnsonkinyua@jkuat.ac.ke

Development of transmission blocking vaccines
Qiang Wu
Biological Invasion
Institute of Plant Protection, CAAS
Beijing Beijing China
wuqiang8510@163.com

Genetic engineering approaches for the improvement of Sterile Insect Technique (SIT), especially on fruit flies and moths; Reproduction biology and related molecular mechanism
Zain UlAbdin
Dr./Assistant Professor
Entomology
University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan
Faisalabad Punjab Pakistan
zainunibas@gmail.com
"Insect Molecular Biology Lab."
Insect parasitoids have evolved an amazing array of mechanisms to manipulate host physiology and biochemistry and they are able to suppress the immune response of the host and to disrupt its development and reproduction. The virulence and host regulation factors triggering these alterations are injected by the ovipositing females in their hosts. The astonishing richness of species in the parasitic Hymenoptera pro¬vides a unique reservoir of molecular biodiversity for new bio¬insecticide molecules, targeting a number of insect species and developmental stages. Host-parasitoid associations in insects offer an impressive opportunity to identify new genes and molecules responsible for the major
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
Konstantina Tsoumani
Post-Doctoral Research Associate
CV
Biochemistry and Biotechnology
University of Thessaly
Larissa Thessaly Greece
kotsouma@bio.uth.gr
Molecular biology & Genomics - Mathiopoulos Lab
Genomic and transcriptomic analyses using NGS data, identification and functional analyses of genes involved 1) in reproductive behaviour including the olfactory and gustatory systems of the olive fruit fly, as well as 2) in embryogenesis, that can be used in the development of new genetic control strategies of the olive fly.
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.
YINGJUN CUI
Postdoctral research scholar
Entomology
University of Kentucky
lexington Kentucky USA
cuiyingjun@uky.edu

insect molecular biology on development,metamorphosis, reproduction.
prof prem raj pushpakaran
professor
BioTechnology
NITC
calicut kerala india
drpremrajp@nitc.ac.in

immunology, bio-informatics
Feng Cui
Associate Professor
State Key Laboratory of Integrated Management of Pest Insects & Rodents
Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Beijing Beijing China
cuif@ioz.ac.cn
Eco-genomics and Adaptation Group
Research directions: Molecular mechanisms of interactions between insects and plants or plant viruses 1. Functions and mechanisms of salivary gland genes in aphid’s response and adaptation to host plants 2. Molecular mechanisms of small brown plant hopper-RSV-rice interactions
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.
Jingfei Huang
Dr.
Department of Pharmaceutical Engineering, College of Plant Protection
Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University
Fuzhou Fujian China
jfhuang@fafu.edu.cn

insect genome; insecticide resistance; programmed cell death
Qi Su
Ph.D
Department of Entomology
Institute of Vegetables and Flowers, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences
Beijing Beijing China
suqicaas@163.com

I am interested in studying the multitrophic interactions between whiteflies, especially the sweetpotato whitefly Bemisia tabaci, Begomoviruses, especially Tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV) and bacterial endosymbionts that reside within the whiteflies. I am further interested in several aspects of ensosymbiont influence on the whitefly biology and interactions with biotic and abiotic stress.
Robert Brucker
Rowland Junior Fellow
FAS - Rowland Institute
Harvard University
Cambridge MA USA
bruckerlab@gmail.com
Brucker lab
Microbe-host-envoronment interactions and evolution.
feng liu
PhD student
Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
Auburn University
Auburn AL USA
fzl0009@auburn.edu
Insect Toxicology and Physiology
insect olfaction, electrophysiology and chemical ecology
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
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.
Zhao Chunyue
School of Life Sciences
Peking University
Bejing Beijing China
chunyuezhaopku@163.com

I use fly,cell culture and animal model systems to study cell death mechanisms and related drugs that can rescue or enhance cell death.
zhiqiang Lu
Professor
Entomology
Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University
Yangling Shaanxi China
zhiqiang.lu@nwsuaf.edu.cn

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

Heat shock transcription factor of Bemisia tabaci
Patricia Jumbo Lucioni
Postdoctoral research scholar
Biological Sciences
Vanderbilt University
Nashville TN USA
patricia.jumbo@vanderbilt.edu
Postdoctoral Research Scholar-Broadie Lab
My current research field addresses the unknown mechanisms behind inborn errors of metabolism, classic galactosemia and congenital disorders of glycosylation. Patients with these disorders grow to develop neurodevelopmental complications of unknown mechanism which lack appropriate treatment. I use fruit flies as genetic models to characterize these phenotypes and elucidate disease mechanisms underlying these chronic inborn deficits.
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.
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
Huizhen Guo
Southwest University
The state key laboratory of silkworm genome biology
Chongqing Chongqing China
guohuizhen.111@163.com
the state key laboratory of silkworm genome biology
My major is biochemistry and molecular biology, and my research is mainly focus on the lepidoptera chemosensory gene families, especially Gr genes.
Kuang-HUi LU
Professor
Department of Entomology
National Chung Hsing University
Taichung Taiwan Taiwan
khlu@nchu.edu.tw
Insect Physiology and Biochemistry Laboratory
Insect Physiology, Insect Endocrinology, Insect Transgenesis
Xinghui Qiu
Dr.
Institute of Zoology
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Beijing Beijing China
qiuxh@ioz.ac.cn

Insect biochemistry and toxicology cytochrome P450s
Brian Counterman
Biological Sciences
Mississippi State University
Starkville MS USA
bcounterman@biology.msstate.edu

Evolution, Population Genomics, Speciation
Hideki Sezutsu
Head
Transgenic Silkworm Research Unit
National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences
Tsukuba Ibaraki Japan
hsezutsu@affrc.go.jp
Transgenic Silkworm Research lab
We are developing transgenic silkworms for fundamental research and applications. Our aims are to understand insect functions and evolution, in addition to design the insects for the creation of new insect-industries.
Takuya Tsubota
Transgenic Silkworm Research Unit
National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences
Tsukuba Ibaraki Japan
tsubota@affrc.go.jp
Transgenic Silkworm Research Unit
My research is concerned with the development of silkworm transgenic technique and its application. I succeeded in identifying a novel silkworm strong and ubiquitous promoter, that is, hsp90 promoter. Using the novel techniques, I want to clarify lepidopteran-specific biological phenomena such as gene regulation in the silk gland.
Junbo Luan
Entomology
Cornell university
Ithaca NY USA
jbluan@hotmail.com

Whitefly genetics, and molecular mechanisms of whitefly interactions with other organisms
Ifeoma Ezugbo-Nwobi
Parasitology and Entomology
Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Awka Anambra Nigeria
ifeomaezugbonwobi@yahoo.com
Parasitology and Entomology Research Lab
Focused on understanding vector-borne diseases like Malaria, Lymphatic filariasis, Onchocerciasis, Dengue, Yellow fever, etc, so that better control measures can be developed. I seek to integrate traditional parasitological and entomological procedures with molecular genetics and bioinformatics-based technologies to deliver new insights into vector biology and ecology.
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.
Kristen Brochu
Entomology
Cornell University
Ithaca NY USA
kb532@cornell.edu

I study the digestive adaptations involved in specialist vs. generalist bee diet preferences.
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
William Stumph
Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
San Diego State University
San Diego CA USA
wstumph@mail.sdsu.edu

My lab studies the formation of RNA polymerase II and RNA polymerase III transcription pre-initiation complexes on genes that code for the small nuclear RNAs (U1-U6). We are interested in the molecular mechanisms that determine the RNA polymerase specificity of these genes (Pol II on U1-U5 versus Pol III on U6). We particularly study the snRNA gene-specific transcription factor SNAPc that binds about 40 to 60 base pairs upstream of both classes of genes.
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
Mark Guillotte
Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
University of Maryland Baltimore
Baltimore Maryland United States
mguil33@gmail.com

Vector-borne disease
TRANG LE THI DIEU
Dr.
Research Institute for Biotechnology and Environment
Nong Lam University in HCMC
Thu Duc District Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
ltdtrang@hcmuaf.edu.vn
Insect Science
Insect Circadian Biology, Insect Physiology, Pesticide resistance in insect, Insect control
Ming-Cheng Wu
Department of Entomology
College of Agriculture and Natural resources, National Chung Hsing University
Taichung South dist. Taiwan
mcwu12@gmail.com

Pesticide effects on insects, including honeybee and fruit fly. Developing bio-pesticides.
Seth Donoughe
Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Harvard University
Cambridge MA USA
seth.donoughe@gmail.com

Insect development and evolution
Liang Sun
Tea cultivation and pest control
Tea Research Institution, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science
Hangzhou Zhejiang China
liangsun1029@126.com

Molecular and cellular mechanism of insect olfactory detection
Mostafa Ghafouri Moghaddam
Ph.D candidate
Plant Protection
University of Zabol
Zahedan Iran Iran
m.ghafourim@yahoo.com

Systematic Braconidae and Ichneumonidae
Jun Xu
PhD student
Key Laboratory of Insect Developmental and Evolutionary Biology
Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Shanghai Shanghai China
xujun@sibs.ac.cn
Insect Molecular Genetics Lab (Yongping Huang)
Insect transgene, genome editing, Sex determination
N Wybouw
Entomology
Gent University
Gent Oost-Vlaanderen Belgie
nicky_wybouw@hotmail.com

xenobiotic metabolism of phytophagous arthropods
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
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.
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
Hao Yu
plant protection department
Henan Institution of Science and Technology
Xinxiang City Henan Province CHINA
yuhao971222@gmail.com

transgenic technologies for the leafhopper
LALITA GUPTA
Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Birla Institute of Technology & Science- Pilani
Pilani Rajasthan INDIA
lalitagupta@yahoo.com
Laboratory of Molecular Parasitology and Vector Biology
Mosquito Immunity. Host-Parasite Interaction
Simon Bullock
Dr
Cell Biology
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Cambridge Cambridgeshire UK
sbullock@mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk
Mechanisms of cytoplasmic mRNA transport
Our group is interested in how mRNAs and other cargoes are sorted within the cytoplasm by microtubule-based motors. We exploit the genetics of Drosophila melanogaster for part of our work, and have optimised CRISPR/Cas tools for this organism (www.crisprflydesign.org).
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.
Carlos Gustavo Nunes Silva
Professor
Department of Genetics
Universidade Federal do Amazonas
Manaus Amazonas Brazil
cgmanaus@gmail.com
Lab. DNA technologies
"Beeotechnology"
Ludvik Gomulski
Department of Biology and Biotechnology
University of Pavia
Pavia PV Italy
gomulski@unipv.it
Genetics and genomics of insects of economic and medical importance
We are using transcriptome data to analyze the molecular changes that accompany major physiological and behavioral changes such as maturation and mating in different insect species of medical and agricultural importance. We are particularly interested in transcriptional changes in olfactory related genes.
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
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).
Justin Jang Hann Chu
Asst. Professor
Microbiology
National University of Singapore
Singapore Singapore Singapore
miccjh@nus.edu.sg
Laboratory of Molecular RNA virology and Antiviral Strategies
Mosquito-borne viruses, dengue virus, chikungunya virus, mosquito-viral interactions
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
Hanfu Xu
Associate Professor
State Key Laboratory of Silkworm Biology; College of Biotechnology
Southwest University
Chongqing Chongqing China
xuhf@swu.edu.cn
Associate Professor
1. Development of genetic manipulation tools. 2. Production of useful recombinant proteins.
Thierry Brévault
Dr
Entomology
CIRAD
Dakar Dakar Senegal
brevault@cirad.fr

Entomology and Ecology
Molly Duman Scheel
Associate Professor
Medical and Molecular Genetics
Indiana University School of Medicine
University of Notre Dame
South Bend IN USA
mscheel@nd.edu
Duman Scheel Lab
Mosquito Developmental Genetics
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
Denis Tagu
Senior Scientist
IGEPP
INRA Rennes
BP 35327 Le Rheu Bretagne FRANCE
denis.tagu@rennes.inra.fr
Institute of Genetics, Environment and Plant Protection
Genomics, arthropods, bioinformatics, gene network, phenotypic plasticity
Aline Edith Noutcha
Dr- Senior Lecturer
CV
Entomology & Pest Management Unit, Department of Animal & Environmental Biology
University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Port Harcourt Rivers State Nigeria
naemekeu@yahoo.com
Entomology & Pest Management Research Lab
Understanding Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases eg: Malaria, Filariases (Epidemiology, Immunology, Parasitology, Genomics, Entomology, Cytogenetics, Cell Biology) Prevention & Control of Vector Borne Infectious Diseases (Community Education on Basic Control Practices and Healthy Life Styles, Good Environmental Practices; Inventory of Cultural Control Methods among various communities; Determination of factors affecting compliance of imported/prescribed control approaches). Monitoring Resistance phenomena in Insect & Parasites.
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.
Zhijian Tu
Professor
Biochemistry
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia United States
jaketu@vt.edu
Mosquito Genetics and Genomics
Mosquito transmitted diseases, such as malaria, dengue fever, and encephalitis claim millions of lives worldwide each year. Current control measures are under threat as drug- and insecticide-resistance increases. Novel approaches are needed and needed urgently. My laboratory studies the basic genetics and physiology of mosquitoes with the long-term goal of reducing the burden of vector-borne infectious diseases. My laboratory employs functional genomics, comparative genomics, and bioinformatics approaches to study genes involved in sex-determination and early embryonic development in mosquitoes. The above research topics will lead to mosquito control applications through the manipulation of sex ratios and mating behavior. A better understanding
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
Joanna Chiu
Assistant Professor
Entomology and Nematology
UC Davis
Davis CA USA
jcchiu@ucdavis.edu

Circadian Biology, Proteomics, Phylogenomics
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.
Christina Schulte
CV
Heinrich-Heine University
Evolutionary Genetics
Duesseldorf NRW Germany
christina-schulte@gmx.de

Honeybee workers show altruistic behaviors in contrast to queens and drones, which show behaviors that are related to reproduction. The collective behaviors of the worker bees produce group phenotypes that allow them to remain well-adapted in a changing environment. These worker specific behaviors have been largely described but we have little understanding of the molecular control that specifies these behaviors in the brain during development, and of its evolution that gave rise to social behaviors during the last 60 million years. Differentiation of the worker brain is specified by female- and caste-determining signals. The sex-determining signal is implemented by Feminizer protein
Micky Mwamuye
Molecular Biology & Bioinformatics Unit/Emerging Infectious Diseases Lab
International Centre of insect Physiology and Ecology
Nairobi Nairobi Kenya
mmwamuye@icipe.org
Postgraduate Student
My current research focus is on the biodiversity of Ticks and tick-borne zoonoses at human-livestock-wildlife interfaces.
Fiona Mumoki
PhD Student
Zoology and Entomology Department, Social Insect Research Group
University of Pretoria
Hatfield, Pretoria Gauteng South Africa
nelimafiona@yahoo.com

I am interested in chemical communication in honeybee reproductive dominance
Cathy Coutu
Molecular Biology Technician
Research Branch
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Saskatoon SK Canada
cathy.coutu@agr.gc.ca
Hegedus Lab
•Insect genomics and proteomics platforms leading to the identification of novel targets and strategies for insect resistance. The focus is on insect digestive biochemistry.
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.
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.
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
Joe O’Tousa
Professor
Biological Sciences
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame IN USA
jotousa@nd.edu
O'Tousa Lab
My research focuses on the study of invertebrate visual systems. The Drosophila system has provided excellent molecular and genetic tools for this analysis. More recently we extended our studies to mosquito visual systems, specifically looking at mosquito retinal structure and the photoreceptor adaptations enabling vision and mosquito behaviors in low light environments.
LEI LIU
Associate Research Scientist
Infectious Diseases
Yale University
New Haven CT USA
lei.liu.ll69@yale.edu

My works are focus on seeking solutions to the problem of arthropod-borne infectious diseases and advancing our molecular understanding of how these pathogens infect their vectors and is therefore a critical step forward in our development of new approaches to control the prevalence of infected vectors.
Juergen Gadau
Professor
School of Life Sciences
Arizona State University
Tempe AZ United States of America
jgadau@asu.edu
Gadau Lab
Evolutionary genetics and genomics of solitary and social Hymenoptera
Dr. Emmanuelle Jacquin-Joly
CV
EcoSens department iEES-Paris
INRA
Versailles cedex Yveline France
emmanuelle.jacquin@versailles.inra.fr
Institute of Ecology and Environmental Sciences
My research focuses on insect chemoreception in a context of plant protection. My objectives are 1) to decipher the molecular mechanisms of olfaction and taste, focusing on chemosensory receptors, 2) to study the contribution of chemoreception to insect adaptation to new hosts and anthropic systems, 3) to investigate the evolutionary origin of insect chemosensory receptors. I am using an integrative approach from genes to behaviour, including genomics and transcriptomics approaches.
Frederique Hilliou
Santé des Plantes et Environnement
INRA
Sophia Antipolis cedex alpes maritimes FRANCE
hilliou@sophia.inra.fr
Institut Sopha Agrobiotech
The team I am working with at INRA of Sophia Antipolis, France, is involved in studying the mechanistic bases and evolution of insect traits essential to adapt to the biotic and abiotic environment. My main project has been developed to decipher the way Lepidoptera adapt to chemically adverse environments (using genomic approaches, and through the prism of the CYP genes and P450 enzymes they encode). We have focused on adaptation of the polyphagous noctuid pest S. frugiperda. We have developed an oligonucleotide microarray covering almost 10,000 genes from this species and contributed to the sequence of ESTs. Transcriptomic results show
Kallare Arunkumar
Scientist
CV
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
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.
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. 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
Dr. Thomas Kaufman
Distinguished Professor of Biology
faculty
Department of Biology
Indiana University Bloomington
Bloomington IN USA
kaufman@indiana.edu
Kaufman Lab
Using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, the long-term goal of our laboratory is to contribute to an understanding of the genetic basis of the developmental program of higher organisms. The homeotic genes, which play a crucial role in development, have been our principal locus. Our research areas include chromatin, chromosomes, and genome integrity; developmental mechanisms and regulation in eukaryotic systems; and eukaryotic cell biology, cytoskeleton and signaling.
Dr. Angela Douglas
Professor
faculty
Department of Entomology
Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics
Cornell University
Ithaca NY USA
aes326@cornell.edu
Douglas Lab
All animals are multi-organismal: they are chronically infected by beneficial microorganisms. We study the interaction between animal function and the diversity and activities of resident microorganisms.