Robert Harrell
ITF Manager
Research / Technician
IBBR-University of Maryland
Rockville, Maryland United States

Areas of Expertise:
Transgenic and non-transgenic genome altering technologies for arthropods, Microinjection and micromanipulation

Research Organisms:
ITF Transgenic List: Aedes aegypti, Anopheles stephensi, Anopheles gambiae, Anopheles albimanus, Culex quinquefasciatus, Tribolium castanuem, Hypothenemus hampei, Drosophila melanogaster, Anastrepha suspense, Stomoxys calcitrans, and Ceratitis capitata. Transgenic insects made after training from ITF: Cochliomyia hominivorax and Cochliomyia macellaria. Insects ITF has experience with: Lucilia sericata, Lucilia cuprina, Apis mellifera, Nezara viridula, Spodoptera frugiperda, Helicoverpa zea, Heliothis virescens, Cydia pomonella, Ixodes scapularis, Musca domestica, Aedes albopictus, Macrosteles fascifrons, Toxotrypana curvicauda, Megaselia abdita, and Norrbomia frigipennis


Research Focus:

The University of Maryland Insect Transformation Facility (UM-ITF) provides functional genomics researchers access to transgenic and non-transgenic genome altering technologies. The techniques for altering insect genomes have been available for many years however they have not been widely used, mainly because the technology requires a high level of expertise and specialized equipment. The mission of the UM-ITF is to aid researchers in the creation of genetically modified insects through; fee for service microinjection of insects with developed genome altering protocols, collaboration to develop genome altering protocols for insects without such protocols, training for researchers who are interested in employing these technologies and access to “State-of-the-art” equipment for these purposes.