David O’Brochta Faculty Member Professor Emeritus University of Maryland Rockville, MD United States dobrocht@umd.edu

Areas of Expertise:
transgenic technologies, transposable elements, genetic technologies, mosquito physiological genetics

Research Organisms:
mosquitoes, plasmodium, Anopheles gambiae, Anopheles stephensi, Drosophilia, other insects


Research Focus:

Before retiring from the University of Maryland in 2017 my research focused on insect molecular genetics with particular interest in the study of insects that transmit human diseases although my interests were and continue to be very broad. My interests in genetics centered around the study of transposable elements, ranging from questions concerning their basic biology and aspects of their movement to more applied question concerning their development and use as genome manipulation tools.  My insect interests were centered mainly on mosquitoes and the physiological genetics of Plasmodium infection.  I was also very interested in the development or adaptation of genetic technologies to the study of 'non-model' insects.