Participation in the Insect Genetic Technologies Research Coordination Network is open to students (undergraduate and graduate), postdoctoral researchers, technical and scientific staff and independent investigators with an interest in insect science, genomics, and genetic technologies. Knowledge of and/or expertise with insect genetic technologies is not required to participate in this network. In fact, those without specific knowledge of insect genetic technologies are especially encouraged to participate so that a broader understanding and application of these technologies can be developed.

As a participant, you will be able to fully interact and access the resources on this site. You will be able to find experts interested in technologies or insect systems you are interested in, find consultants or collaborators and submit content to this site in the form of ‘posts’ to Technology Topics, Knowledgebase, Network Announcements, and Activities.


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Participant Contact Research Focus
Ifeoma Ezugbo-Nwobi
Parasitology and Entomology
Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Awka Anambra Nigeria
Parasitology and Entomology Research Lab
Focused on understanding vector-borne diseases like Malaria, Lymphatic filariasis, Onchocerciasis, Dengue, Yellow fever, etc, so that better control measures can be developed. I seek to integrate traditional parasitological and entomological procedures with molecular genetics and bioinformatics-based technologies to deliver new insights into vector biology and ecology.
Marten Edwards
Assoc. Professor
Muhlenberg College
Allentown PA USA
I am interested in corpora allata expression in Aedes aegypti. I have prepared 8 constructs that contain 1-3 kb upstream regions of JH biosynthetic enzyme genes fused to EGFP and would like to test them in transgenic Ae. aegypti. If anyone is interested in collaborating with me to test these constructs, please contact me.
Dominic Esposito
Protein Expression Laboratory
Frederick National Lab for Cancer Research
Frederick MD USA
Protein Expression Laboratory
Generation of recombinant DNA and proteins in support of the National Cancer Institute's RAS initiative.
Jay Evans
Research Scientist
Bee Research Laboratory
Beltsville MD USA
Bee Research Lab
We study honey bee traits linked with disease and stress resistance, and use genetic and genomic techniques to understand honey bee health as well as the virulence traits and biologics of parasites and pathogens of bees. Current projects include honey bee resistance to gut parasites, interactions among members of the bee microbiome, and genomic analyses of a key honey bee parasite, the mite Varroa destructor.
Ioannis Eleftherianos
Assistant Professor
Biological Sciences
The George Washington University
Washington DC USA
Insect Infection and Immunity
Our lab uses a tripartite system consisting of three model organisms: an insect, Drosophila; the entomopathogenic (or insect pathogenic) nematode Heterorhabditis; and its symbiotic bacterium Photorhabdus, to investigate the molecular and evolutionary basis of insect immunity, bacterial symbiosis/pathogenicity and nematode parasitism, and to understand the basic principles of the complex interactions between these important biological processes. This system promises to reveal not only how pathogens evolve virulence but also how two pathogens can come together to exploit a common host.
Cassandra Extavour
Associate Professor
Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Harvard University
Cambridge MA United States
Extavour Lab
My lab is interested in the evolution of early embryonic development. We focus primarily on the evolution and development of reproductive systems, including both the germ line and the somatic components of the gonad. We use molecular genetic developmental analysis, histological analysis, and experimental embryology to study early animal embryogenesis, germ cell specification, and gonad development in several different invertebrate model systems. Our main goal is to understand the evolution of the genetic mechanisms that enabled the evolution of multicellularity, and how these mechanisms employed during early embryogenesis in extant organisms to specify cell fate, development and differentiation.
Paul Eggleston
Life Sciences
Keele University
Keele Staffs. UK
Molecular Entomology
My research interests are in molecular entomology, particularly the molecular genetics of mosquitoes that transmit human disease and their complex interactions with the parasites and viruses that cause disease. Because of their medical importance, the focus of my group is on the malaria vector mosquito, Anopheles gambiae and the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti. Current projects include the development of technologies for genetic engineering of mosquitoes, the creation of genetically modified mosquitoes that are compromised in their ability to transmit disease and the development of strategies for stage- and tissue-specific gene expression within genetically modified mosquitoes. My research has attracted
Owain Edwards
Group Leader, Environmental Genomics
Land & Water
Floreat WA Australia
CSIRO Environmental Genomics
Dr Owain Edwards’ research focuses on aphid-host plant interactions at the level of the organism (both aphid and plant) and the molecule, including work with colleagues in the International Aphid Genomics Consortium (IAGC) to characterise the components of aphid saliva. Dr Edwards’ work as part of the IAGC also includes a focus on epigenetic regulation of aphid polyphenism, in particular the roles of DNA methylation and non-coding RNAs in modulating aphid development. With collaborators at the University of Melbourne, Dr Edwards is investigating novel strategies to control invertebrate pests through better management of insecticide resistance, and by using
Scott Emrich
Computer Science and Engineering
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame IN USA

Arthropod bioinformatics with a focus on vectors and ecologically important genome improvement/analysis
Magali Eychenne
Montpellier cedex 05 Languedoc Roussillon France
Lepidopteran functionnal genomics
Kolja Neil Eckermann
Department of Developmental Biology
Georg-August-University Göttingen
Göttingen Lower Saxony Germany

Development of new environmental friendly methods and techniques to improve pest and disease vector control.
Azza Elgendy
Entomology Department
Faculty of Science, Cairo University
Giza Non-US/Non-Canadian Egypt

Medical entomology
M’hamed El Mokhefi
Ecole Nationale Superieure Veterinaire El Harrach
Algiers Algiers ALGERIA

Forest insects morphology, ecology and gentics. Response and adaptation of forest insects to climate change.
Ibrahim Elsheshney
Lecturer (Assistant Professor) of Economic Entomology
Plant Protection (Economic Entomology)
Tanta University, Egypt
Tanta Gharbeya Egypt

• Investigating innovative methods of insect pest control such as CRISPR, RNAi, Bt … etc. • Studying insect physiology, molecular biology, and biochemistry in -omics levels. • Exploring insect resistance, immunological and development. • Understanding Ecological and multi-trophic interactions (plant-pathogen-insect-symbionts-natural enemies) in the ecosystem and microbial Ecology of insects. • IPM and Biological control of Horticulture and vegetable Insect Pests • Nanotechnology applications in pest control
Matthew Edgington
Artropod Genetics
The Pirbright Institute
Woking Surrey UK

Mainly working on mathematical modelling of engineered underdominance gene drive systems in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes but also some other classes of gene drive.
Christopher Echereobia
Department of Crop Science and Technology
Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria
Owerri Imo State Nigeria
Department of Crop Science (Entomology)
Control of insect pests of agricultural and medical importance using environmentally safe and sustainable measures such as use of botanicals and molecular tools