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
Ming-Cheng Wu
Department of Entomology
College of Agriculture and Natural resources, National Chung Hsing University
Taichung South dist. Taiwan

Pesticide effects on insects, including honeybee and fruit fly. Developing bio-pesticides.
Mustafa Wajidi
Associate Professor
School of Distance Education
Universiti Sains Malaysia
Minden Pulau Pinang Malaysia
Molecular Entomology Research Group
Current research focuses on insect molecular biology, in particular, trying to elucidate the role of cytochromes P450 in metabolism of xenobiotics
N Wybouw
Gent University
Gent Oost-Vlaanderen Belgie

xenobiotic metabolism of phytophagous arthropods
Craig Wilding
Lecturer in Evolutionary Genetics
School of Natural Sciences and Psychology
Liverpool John Moores University
Liverpool Merseyside UK

My current research uses molecular and evolutionary genetic techniques and principles to address problems in tropical medicine, principally the molecular genetics of insect disease vectors primarily in Anopheles mosquitoes but more recently on the Culex vectors of lymphatic filariasis. The main focus of my research is the genetic basis of insecticide resistance in mosquitoes. Resistance to the insecticides used in vector control represents a possible impediment to effective control strategies and an understanding of the genetic basis of this resistance would aid not only in the development of improved insecticide formulations, and hence more effective control measures, but also allow the
Dr. Jamie Walters
Assistant Professor
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Kansas
Lawrence KS United States
James R. Walters Profile
The adaption and speciation in the Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)
Gerald Wilkinson
University of Maryland
College Park Maryland USA
Wilkinson Lab
Stalk-eyed flies are being used as a model system for studying the evolution of sexually selected traits. Our recent empirical and theoretical results have surprisingly implicated meiotic drive as a potent evolutionary agent which can catalyze sexual selection. Using quantitative trait locus studies we have shown that sex-linked genes that influence a sexually selected trait are linked to genes causing sex chromosome meiotic drive. By hybridizing genomic DNA to custom Agilent microarrays we also discovered that stalk-eyed flies contain a neo-X chromosome and that genes have moved both onto and off of this chromosome. We are currently using
niels Wynant
Zoological Institute
Leuven Vlaams-Brabant Leuven
Molecular Developmental Physiology and Signal Transduction
Regulation of (systemic) RNA interference (RNAi) in insects
Alexandra Wilson
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
University of Miami
Coral Gables FL USA
Wilson Group
The Wilson Group's research focuses on the symbiosis of sap-feeding insects with their obligate intracellular bacterial symbionts. Working within an evolutionary framework they use protein expression systems and immunolocalization to functionally characterize amino acid transporters at the symbiotic interface of sap-feeding insects.
Thomas Werner
Assistant Professor
Biological Sciences
Michigan Technological University
Houghton Michigan USA
Werner Lab
Evo-devo and toxicology in Drosophila. Please visit:
Hu Wan
College of Plant Science and Technology
Huazhong Agricultural University
Wuhan Hubei China

Insect Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Insect Functional Genomics, Development of Recombinant Viral Pesticides
Yannick Wurm
Organismal Biology
Queen Mary University of London
London London United Kingdom
Ants, Genomes & Evolution
Social evolution, population genomics, bioinformatics
Prof. Dr. Ernst A. Wimmer
Department of Developmental Biology
Georg-August University Goettingen
Goettingen Lower Saxony Germany
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.
Judith Willis
Professor Emerita
Cellular Biology
University of Georgia
Athens GA USA

We study the structural cuticular proteins of Anopheles gambiae. Anopheles devotes about 2% of all its protein coding gens these proteins. We have annotated the genes, established the presence of the corresponding proteins in the cuticle with LC-MS/MS analyses. We have published expression patterns for most throughout development. Others have implicated some in insecticide resistance and in the difference between M (now An. coluzzii) and S forms. We have used in situ hybridization to learn where the genes are expressed and immunolocalization on EM sections to learn where in the cuticle the proteins are localized.
Anna Whitfield
Associate Professor
Plant Pathology
Kansas State University
Manhattan Kansas United States
Plant-virus-vector interactions lab
My research is devoted to investigating plant-virus-vector interactions at the molecular level with the goal of developing a better understanding of the complex sequence of events leading to virus acquisition and transmission by vectors. The virus life cycle is inextricably linked to fundamental host processes and this intimate association poses a challenge for plant virologists searching for ways to develop novel control strategies that specifically attack the infection cycle of viruses without compromising the health of host plants. Using a systems approach, we hope to identify the commonalities and unique features of the virus infection cycle in arthropod and plant
Patricia Wittkopp
Associate Professor
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Wittkopp lab
Our research investigates the genetic basis of phenotypic evolution. The evolution of development, especially mechanisms controlling gene regulation, are of particular interest. Molecular and developmental biology, population and quantitative genetics, genomics and bioinformatics are integrated in this work.
Rachel Wiltshire
PhD Candidate
Dept. of Biological Sciences
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame IN USA

Passionate, energetic mosquito DNA geek seeking to contribute to malaria vector control in Uganda and the Solomon Islands.
Tom Walsh
Research Scientist
Land and Water
Canberra ACT Australia

I'm particularly interested in resistance to pesticides and using genomic and molecular techniques to investigate the evolutionary history and functional biology of these traits.
Elizabeth Walker
Lab Manager/Research Tech Sr.
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor Michigan United States
Wittkopp Lab
I am broadly interested in evolutionary development and how that plays a role in the diversity of organisms, including gene regulation
YF Wang
College of Life Sciences
Central China Normal University
Wuhan Hubei Province China
Animal development and immunity
Drosophila reproduction and development; Effect of Wolbachia infection on Insect reproduction and behavior
Jonathan Wang
University of Maryland
College Park MD USA

I am working on projects that aim to identify genes playing a role in fungal susceptibility/resistance in Drosophila, elucidate fungal interactions, and genetically engineer fungus for agricultural applications.