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
CHUN-QING ZHAO
Assocaite Professor
College of Plant Protection
Nanjing Agricultural University
Nanjing Jiangsu China
zcqcau@126.com

insect resistance, neurotransmitter receptor
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.
Gonse Marius Zoh
PhD student, Medical entomogist CNRS
Department of biology
Université de Grenoble, France
Grenoble Rhones-Alpes FRANCE
zgonse@gmail.com
Laboratoire d'Ecologie Alpine (LECA)
Mechanisms involved in the resistance of Anopheles gambiae to a new formulation of the insecticidal fusion of pyrethroids and neonicotinoids
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.
Kara Boltz
Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Entomology & Plant Pathology
North Carolina State University
Raleigh NC USA
kaboltz@ncsu.edu

Design and evaluation of gene drives in fly pests.
Katharina Wyschetzki
Arthropod Genetics
The Pirbright Institute
Woking London UK
katharina.wyschetzki@gmail.com

The aim of my research is to make mosquitoes less able to transmit arboviruses.
David Dolezel
Instiute of Entomology
Biology Center
Ceske Budejovice Czech Republic Czech Republic
david.dolezel@entu.cas.cz

In our group we are mainly interested in understanding insect seasonality – diapause; architecture of photoperiodic timer (at molecular, genetic and cellular levels), geographic variability of the photoperiodic timer, Juvenile hormone signaling in reproduction of insects. The classical genetic models, such as D. melanogaster, display only poor photoperiodic response. Therefore we are trying to "bring" genetic tools to insect species with robust seasonal response. Our favorite organism is the linden bug (fire bug), Pyrrhocoris apterus. In this species we are mainly in terested in: endocrinology (neuropeptides, evolution of neuropeptide receptors), reproductive behavior, circadian clock, phylogeography of P. apterus and its adaptation.
Kathryn Weglarz
Biology
Utah State University
Logan UT USA
kathryn.weglarz@usu.edu

I study genome evolution in insect symbionts.
Ali Zachi
PhD candidate
Plant protection
University Putra Malaysia
Belakong Selangor  Malaysia
alizagi74@gmail.com
Toxicology
Entomopathogenic fungi,bio insecticides,formulation of intomopathogenic fungi
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.
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
Silvia Lanzavecchia
Doctor in Science
CV
Genetics Institute
National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA)
HURLINGHAM BUENOS AIRES ARGENTINA
lanzavecchia.silvia@inta.gob.ar
LABORATORIO DE GENETICA DE INSECTOS DE IMPORTANCIA ECONÓMICA
Our scientific lines of research are focused on insect genetics, population genetics, application of molecular markers and the study of genes involved in physiological and behavioral processes. Our activities are associated to the development of environmentally-friendly control strategies against the most economically important insect pests and molecular characterization of beneficial insects.
Elias Gazza
CV
Centro de Bioinvestigaciones
CIT-NOBA
Pergamino Buenos Aires Argentina
gazzaelias@gmail.com
Centro de Bioinvestigaciones
Reverse genetics in pest.
Jovana Bozic
PhD
School of Biosciences and Veterinary Medicine
University of Camerino
Camerino Macerata Italy
jovana.bozic@unicam.it
Parasitology and Sanitary Entomology
Yeast symbionts of malaria vectors: manipulation of symbionts that can express anti-pathogen molecules within the host (paratransgenesis).
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.
Raquel Montanez-Gonzalez
Biological Sciences
University of Notre Dame
Mishawaka IN USA
rmontane@nd.edu
Besansky Lab
Developing and validating a computational approach to identify chromosomal inversions in the Anopheles gambiae Ag1000G HapMap data, and to develop complementary molecular karyotyping approaches applicable without sequencing.
Kirsten Pelz-Stelinski
Entomology & Nematology
University of Florida
Lake Alfred FL US
pelzstelinski@ufl.edu

Disruption of bacterial plant pathogen transmission, symbiosis, insect immunity
Linlin Zhang
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Cornell University
ithaca New York United States
gemzhanglinlin@gmail.com
Reed Lab
butterfly color pattern mechanism and evolution
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.
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.
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.
Yong Zhang
Assistant Professor
Biology
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno NV U.S
yongzhang@unr.edu

Neurobiology, circadian clocks
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.
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.
Maria P Zappia
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago IL USA
mpzappia@uic.edu

The E2F transcription factor regulates the expression of genes involved in a broad range of processes including cell cycle progression, cell differentiation and cell death. Our group recently discovered a novel role for E2F in the regulation of mitochondrial activity.
Kimberly Paczolt
Postdoctoral Fellow
CV
Biology
University of Maryland
College Park Maryland USA
kpaczolt@umd.edu
Wilkinson Lab
I am studying the evolution of the meiotic drive X chromosome in stalk-eyed flies (Teleopsis dalmanni) from both a genetic and organismal perspective. First, I am working to identify genes involved in the meiotic drive pathway, which has arisen independently from other well known drive systems. Second, I am interested in understanding how the meiotic drive X chromosome affects the evolution of morphology and behavior in populations and species of stalk-eyed flies.
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.
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.
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.
Chaoyang Zhao
Entomology
Ohio State University
Wooster OH USA
zhaochaoyang2009@gmail.com

I am interested in understanding the molecular mechanism underlying the process of insect-plant interaction. My current research focuses on the characterization of horizontally transferred genes gained by the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) from microorgansims, which may have increased insect adaption to harbor distinct ecological niches. I had also been working on the Hessian fly (Mayetiola destructor), attempting to understand how it interacts with its host plant - wheat. Using genetic mapping and genome sequence-based tools, we have discovered three avirulence genes or gene candidates (vH6, vH24 and vHdic) in the Hessian fly, which supports the gene-for-gene hypothesis and the
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
Sufang Zhang
Assistant Professor
Forest Protection
Research Institute of Forest Ecology, Environment and Protection
Beijing Beijing China
zhangsf@caf.ac.cn

Forest insect olfactory mechanisms, Forest protection, Forest pest management
yongjun Zhang
PhD, Professor
Entomology
Institute of Plant Protection, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences
Beijing Beijing China
yjzhang@ippcaas.cn

(1) chemical communication regulation between insect pests and host plant, (2) regulation of insect olfactory behaviour, (3) resistance of host plants to insect pests, and (4) bio-safety of GMOs
hongyu zhang
Dr Prof
State Key Laboratory of Agricultural Microbiology, Institute of Urban and Horticultural Entomology, College of Plant Science and Technology
Huazhong Agricultural University
Institute of Urban and Horticultural Entomology
Wuhan Hubei China
2496398633@qq.com
Institute of Urban and Horticultural Entomology
Insect molecular and Microbiology, Control techniques of Urban and Horticultural insect pests, especially fruit fly etc citrus insect pests.
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
Elsayed Hafez
Professor
CV
Plant Protection and Biomolecular Diagnosis
City for Scientific Research and technology applications, Arid lands cultivation research institute
Alexandria Alexandria  Egypt
elsayed_hafez@yahoo.com
Molecular Biology Lab
we are interested in studying of the honey bee genome (Egyptian strain).
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.
Jonas Schwirz
Project Group Bioresources
Fraunhofer IME
Giessen Hessen Germany
jonas.schwirz@ime.fraunhofer.de

Drosophila genetics and transgenesis
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
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
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
Adam Dolezal
Postdoctoral Researcher
Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology
Iowa State University
Ames IA USA
adolezal@gmail.com

I am interested in the interaction of various stressors, particularly nutrition and pathogens, on honey bee health, as well as how these factors affect other pollinator species.
LJ Zwiebel
Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Biological Sciences/Pharmacology
Biological Sciences/Pharmacology
Vanderbilt University/Medical Center
Nashville TN USA
l.zwiebel@vanderbilt.edu
LJZlab
We are examining the molecular events of olfaction as this sensory modality predominates most of the relevant behaviors in ants as well as host preference and several other behaviors in mosquitoes to thereby make significant impact to vectorial capacity. Working together with several outstanding collaborators here at Vanderbilt and around the world, we are interested in understanding the mechanisms by which insects transduce chemical signals from their environment into neuronal activity and ultimately behavior. Within Anopheles, we focus specifically on the genetic basis for anthropophily- the characteristic preference for human biting that significantly drives malaria transmission by An. gambiae.
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.
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