Welcome!

The goal of the NSF-funded Insect Genetic Technologies RCN is to connect insect scientists for the purpose of disseminating advanced technologies for genome modification of insects through symposia, technical workshops, and training fellowships. The network is open to all: students, postdocs, researchers, technicians and faculty. We encourage you to participate in the IGTRCN by sharing your ideas and collaborating with others in the community.

Positions Available

Research Associate – Drosophila, vector biology, genetics, molecular biology

The Myles Lab at the Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University (https://entomology.tamu.edu/people/myles-kevin/) or (https://scholars.library.tamu.edu/vivo/display/n5d73717b/Persons/View%20All) is seeking a full-time laboratory technician/associate to oversee Drosophila insectary and molecular laboratory operations in a dynamic environment focused on vector biology and virology. Responsibilities will […]

Postdoctoral Researcher position in mosquito-microbe interactions at Ohio State!

The Short lab (www.theshortlab.org) at Ohio State is now hiring a postdoctoral researcher to study mosquito-microbe interactions! Ongoing projects in the lab include the effect of environmental factors on mosquito microbiota formation, mosquito tolerance to infection, and the interactions between […]

BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST POSITIONS

BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST POSITIONS PRE-ADVERTISMENT ANNOUNCEMENT The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS) will soon announce the availability of multiple Biological Scientist positions within its Biotechnology Risk Analysis Programs. These are permanent […]

Post Doctoral Position in Mosquito Behavior

A post doctoral position is available immediately to study mosquito olfaction and behavior. The project aims to develop and execute high-throughput, odorant-based behavioral assays to identify compounds involved in mosquito host seeking behavior. This project will be conducted in the […]

Technology Topics

Efficient Knock-ins With Short Homology Arms

In a recent publication in eLIFE, Kanca et al (2019) describe three methods to create donors for efficient CRISPR-based insertion of homology donors in vitro and in vivo. Although pioneered in Drosophila, these methods may be useful for modifying other […]

Chemical and Light Inducible Recombinases

In a recent Nature Communications publication Weinberg et al., (2019) report developing and testing a repertoire of inducible site-specific recombinases capable of being activated by different inducers such as small molecules, light, and temperature.   While developed and tested in mammalian cells and transgenic mice, they will be widely useful in insect systems.

Gene Editing Screwworms and Blowflies

Paolo et al. report the first successful use of CRISPR/Cas9 in the New World Screwworm fly, Cochliomyia hominivorax (C. hominivorax), a parasite of warm blooded animals including humans, as well as a CRISPR/Cas9 protocol for the Australian sheep blowfly, Lucilia […]

“Sexing” Technologies – A Review

In a recent review,  Lutrat et al. (2019) provide a comprehensive summary of current (since 2003) sexing methods available for various dipteran pest species. The review distinguishes between early and late acting sexing methods and elaborates on the techniques used […]

Network Announcements

Biology of Vector-borne Diseases 6-day course

Biology of Vector-Borne Diseases Six-Day Training Course Our next annual Biology of Vector-borne Diseases course is scheduled for Sunday through Friday, June 21-26, 2020. Applications will be reviewed starting December 1, 2019. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance and […]

New web site for Molecular Entomology Lab at Ankara University

Dear IGTRCN Members, We are Molen (Molecular Entomology) Lab and just recently updated our lab web site. We are an enthusiastic group of people who love to study the fascinating world of insects, in particular molecular insect physiology and biochemistry. […]

2019 IGTRCN Technical Short Course – Applications Open

2019 IGTRCN Technical Short Course on Insect Genetic Technologies: Theory and Practice July 21 – 26, 2019 The Insect Transformation Facility Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research University of Maryland College Park Applications by April 1, 2019 (24 seats available) […]

Version 2 of Drosophilids of the Midwest and Northeast is freely available now

A majorly improved Version 2 of our book “Drosophilids of the Midwest and Northeast” by Thomas Werner, Tessa Steenwinkel, and John Jaenike is now freely available on Digital Commons: https://digitalcommons.mtu.edu/oabooks/1/ It has many more super high quality images and species […]

Amber Trujillo
PhD Student
Department of Anthropology
New York University
 
Peng Xu
Entomoolgy
Michigan state university
 
Alex Tobias
Scientist
Biotechnology Branch
US Army Research Laboratory
 
Aaron Gross
Assistant Professor
Entomology
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
 
Ruchika Geedi
Post doctoral Research Associate
Department of Entomology
Horticultural Research Insect Laboratory, USDA - ARS
 
Aidan Williams
PhD Candidate
Laboratory of Entomology
Wageningen University & Research
 
Sudeshna Thakur
Ph.D. Student
Department of Entomology; Insect Molecular Biology Lab 111
Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India