Justus-Liebig-University Gießen, Germany
Giessen, Hessen Germany
Areas of Expertise:
Insect genetic engineering
Lucilia cuprina, Cochliomyia hominivorax, Drosophila Suzukii
Invasive alien species (IAS) posed seriously threats to the ecosystem and agricultural production worldwide. I'm interested in the invasion mechanisms, as well as the control methods of IAS. Genetic pest management (GPM) programs like sterile insect technique (SIT) and release of insects carrying a dominant lethal (RIDL) are environment-friendly, species-specific and highly effective ways to contain or eradicate IAS before they are established. I have been working on building male-only strains of economically important agricultural pests, which will facilitate the area-wide GPM programs. I'm also working on developing novel GPM strategies involving different genome-editing methods.