Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, Virginia United States
Areas of Expertise:
Toxicology, Neurobiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Physiology.
mosquitoes, Drosophila, small hive beetles
A consequence of widespread, and sometimes improper, use of chemical insecticides is the ability of insects to develop resistance to various forms of pesticide chemistry. Dr. Gross works on understanding the molecular mechanisms that are involved in insecticide/acaricide resistance with the goal of helping growers, producers, and public health officials make informed pest control decisions. Additional research efforts include the discovery of novel synthetic and/or natural insecticides/acaricides, by focusing on the use of G-Protein-Coupled Receptors (GPCRs), GPCR-related pathways, and ion channels as underutilized targets for insecticide/acaricide development. He is also investigating the molecular mechanisms that are involved in tick-associated red meat allergy and the ability of ticks to evade the mammalian immune response during feeding.