Eileen Knorr
Postdoctoral Student
Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME
Gießen, Hesse Germany

Areas of Expertise:
RNA interference, pest control, insect immunity, miRNAs

Research Organisms:
Tribolium castaneum, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera, Meligethes aeneus, Tenebrio molitor


Research Focus:

I'm working on the identification and characterization genes involved in the insect development and immunity, analyzing the gene expression of several immune and stress-related genes by using quantitative real time PCR (RT-PCR).
Another research focus is the development of new long-lasting plant protection methods. A promising new strategy for environmentally-beneficial and highly specific pest control is the use of RNAi by targeting vital genes of pest insects with double stranded RNAs to induce a lethal response.