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Ruchika Geedi
Post doctoral Research Associate
Department of Entomology
Horticultural Research Insect Laboratory, USDA - ARS
Wooster Ohio United States

Microbial chemical ecology. The core of my research based on the principles of chemical ecology of insects and various inter and intraspecific communications with the surrounding to exploit the strength and weakness of the biological systems. With this aim, I am looking for the novel innovative approaches in the field of integrated and sustainable agriculture systems.
Russell Groves
Professor and Extension Specialist
University of Wisconsin
Madison Wisconsin USA
Vegetable Crop Entomology
Our program is centered on the ecology and management of insects of commercial and fresh market vegetable crops
Özlem Gönülkırmaz Çançalar
PhD Candidate
Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel
Jerusalem Jerusalem Israel
Guy Bloch's Lab
Bumblebee Clock Project, Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD candidate, EU 2020, CINCHRON (Comparative Insect Chronobiology) Program, Innovative Training Network. We work on the role of the clock genes on complex behaviors such as time-compensated sun-compass navigation, time sensing, social synchronization, division of labour, and response to agrochemicals that are crucial for their social organization and foraging in bumblebee.
Debora Goulart Montezano
University of Nebraska
North Platte NE US
Agroecosystems Entomology Lab
Experienced Graduate Research Assistant skilled in Field Research, Entomology, Integrated Pest Management, Biological Control, Experimental Design, and Data Analysis, Leadership, Strong community and social services. Currently working towards the completion of my Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and looking for future employment opportunities. 7+ years of experience in field crops and crop protection research including pest ecology, insect resistance management, and insect behavior and biology
Adarsh Gupta K
Research Scholar
USDA-ARS and Plant Pathology
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln NE United States
Small RNA Biology, Viral suppression of RNAi, Host/Vector-Virus Molecular Interactions.
Valentino Gantz
Assistant Research Scientist
Division of Cell and Developmental Biology
University of California San Diego
La Jolla CA United States

We have a broad interest in developing and pursuing gene drive technologies in the fruit fly, as well as genetic strategies to control and reverse the spread of RNA-guided gene drives. A parallel line of research in the lab focuses instead on studying the workings of gene regulatory networks (GRNs) underlying fruit fly development and understanding what changes in such GRNs have led, through evolution, to the astonishing variety of natural diversity of fly lineage.
saptarshi ghosh
Department of Entomology
Volcani Center, Agriculture research organisation, Israel
Rishon Lezion Rishon Lezion Israel

Insect-vector interactions
Andrew Guinness
Ph.D. Student
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame Indiana USA

Broadly, I am interested in molecular signalling and transgenic targets in insect vectors, most specifically applied to mosquitoes.
Ewald Große-Wilde
Evolutionary Neuroethology
MPI for Chemical Ecology
Jena Thüringen Germany

Arthropod chemosensation.
Antonis Giakountis
Assistant Professor
Biochemistry and Biotechnology
University of Thessaly
Larisa Larisa Greece
Molecular Biology and Genomics
long non-coding RNAs, chromatin architecture, epigenomics, transcriptional regulation, development
Nicole Gutzmann
Graduate Student
Raleigh NC United States
Lorenzen Lab
Functional and social analysis of pest management technologies and their development
Ramkumar Govindaraju
Periyar University, Salem, TN, India
Salem Tamil Nadu India
Insect Molecular Toxicology Laboratory
My research is concerned with the biochemical, molecular and proteomic study in the evolution of Insecticide resistance among mosquitoes and to identify novel molecules for insect control. My work includes molecular and proteomic analysis, in addition to understanding the gene expression pattern of detoxification enzymes. Mainly my research focuses on the role of cytochrome P450 and esterase genes in conferring insecticides resistance in mosquitoes and agricultural insects.
Mridula Gupta
Department of Entomology
Punjab Agricultural University, Regional Research Station, Faridkot
Faridkot Punjab India
Entomology Lab
Presently, I am working as Research Fellow at Punjab Agricultural University, Regional Station,Faridkot, Punjab, India. The prime focus of my research is to identify the vital targets/ genes in Bemisia tabaci, A. biguttulla biguttulla and Earias sp, which are amenable to RNAi. We are trying to target osomregulation in hemipeteran insect through downregulation of aquaporin, calcitonin like receptor and diuretic hormone (DH-31). In Earias sp our focus is on disruption of ecdysis and other vital physiological process such as vitellogensis. We are also trying to improve the efficiency of RNAi in hemipeteran and lepidopteran insects using nanoparticles (chitosan and carbon quantum
Abhijit Ghosal
Plant Protection
Sasya Shyamala Farm Science Centre

Agricultural Entomology Insect Biotechnology
Elias Gazza
Centro de Bioinvestigaciones
Pergamino Buenos Aires Argentina
Centro de Bioinvestigaciones
Reverse genetics in pest.
Monika Gulia-Nuss
Assistant Professor
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Nevada, Reno
Vector Biology Lab
My research program investigates the fundamental questions related to vector biology and vector-parasite interactions. I am particularly interested in aspects of reproductive physiology, nutrient allocation, vector competence, and population genomics.
Alison Gerken
Post Doctoral Researcher
Center for Grain and Animal Health Research
Manhattan Kansas United States

My research focus is on functional genomics of sensory systems in stored grain insect pests. I'm interested in the applied aspects of understanding what attracts insects to stored grain and how we can intercept them. I'm interested in the genetic variation underlying behavioral components associated with attraction to stored grain.
Hemant Gujar
Graduate Student
Department of Entomology
University of Kentucky
Lexington Kentucky United States

Presently I am working on molting, metamorphosis and reproduction in bed bugs, Cimex lectularius. We use NGS technologies to find genes involved in these processes.
Murat Güler
P.hD. Student
Cumhuriyet University
Sivas Campus Türkiye
I earned my BSc degree from Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics (MBG) at the Cumhuriyet University. My research interests were shaped during this time. The MBG program have provided me with general theory and practice in the area of molecular biology. But my interest specially is focused on bioinformatics and evolutionary biology. At the same time I have started to work with Dr. Hasan H. BAŞIBÜYÜK, who is the head of the Molecular Systematic Research Group of Cumhuriyet University (for more info. cumsag.com). The research group works mainly on taxonomy, phylogeny, population genetics and mitogenome of sawflies (Symphyta: Hymenoptera).
Giselle Garcia
Committee on Evolutionary Biology
University of Chicago
Chicago IL United States
Schmidt-Ott Lab
We research the origins and evolution of early development in Diptera.
Rayssa Garcia
Genetic Resources and Biotechnologies
Brasília Distrito Federal Brasil
Plant Pest Molecular Interactions
The research group from the Laboratory Plant-Pest Molecular Interactions (LIMPPI – Embrapa - Cenargen, Brasília - Brazil) is currently working on the development of sustainable RNAi strategies to control crop insect pests. One axe of our research focuses on the relationship between the structure of the dsRNA, its ability to induce gene silencing and its resistance to nuclease activities. On another axe, we focused on the understanding of gene silencing in the insect induced by RNAi produced by the plant. Answering about how, when and at which intensity the dsRNA orchestrates gene silencing inside insect cells are questions that remain
Anna Gilles
Comparative developmental biology and regeneration
Institut de Génomique Fonctionnelle de Lyon
Lyon Rhône-Alpes France

I am working on posterior development in the insect model Tribolium castaneum. In contrast to Drosophila, the abdominal segments of Tribolium develop from a posterior growth zone during embryogenesis in a process similar to vertebrate somitogenesis. My project aims to understand the cellular basis of this by characterizing cell behavior both by in vivo imaging experiments and by clonal analysis. While the posterior growth zone of short germ insects has been described as a proliferative tissue in the classical literature, recent studies and my own data point to cell rearrangement as the main cause of posterior elongation. I am currently
Cory Gall
Ph.D. candidate
Department of Veterinary Microbiology & Pathology
Washington State University
Pullman WA USA
Brayton lab
My research focus includes characterizing the bacterial microbiome of the Rocky Mountain wood tick, manipulating the microbiome in order to look at the role endosymbionts have in pathogen acquisition, as well as trying to correlate the changes in the microbiome over field generations with the tick’s variation in pathogen susceptibility.
Kanapathy Gajapathy
Department of Zoology
University of Jaffna
Jaffna Northernprovince Sri Lanka
zoology laboratory; molecular biology laboratory in University of jaffna
Focusing on evolution and phylogeny of arthropods; specifically spiders and vector species among insects
Nathaniel Grubbs
Postdoctoral Research Assistant
North Carolina State University
Raleigh North Carolina United States
Lorenzen Lab
My primary research focus is on the characterization of the naturally occurring, selfish genetic element, Medea, in the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum. Medea operates by killing any offspring of a heterozygous mother that do not inherit at least one copy from either parent, but how the element causes this lethality, or prevents it, is still unknown. Understanding this function could give us valuable insight into selfish genetic elements, and perhaps even enable us to use Medea as a stable gene-drive in other species. I am also working with others in the lab to help develop molecular tools for studying the
Nitin Gupta
Assistant Professor
Biological Sciences and Bioengineering
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Kanpur UP India

I am interested in understanding the fundamental mechanisms used by neural circuits for processing information in deeper layers of the mosquito olfactory system (sense of smell). I am particularly interested in understanding the neural mechanisms by which specific odors become attractive or aversive to mosquitoes. I plan to use a variety of techniques, including in vivo electrophysiology (intracellular recordings), histology, behavioral observations, and computational modeling. I am looking to collaborate with researchers who have expertise in genetic manipulations of mosquitoes. I am also looking to hire post-docs and PhD students in my lab.
Andrea Gloria-Soria
Associate Research Scientist
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Yale University
New Haven CT USA
Powell Lab & Turner Lab
I am an evolutionary biologist interested on the behavioral genetics of feeding behavior in mosquitoes and its consequences for dengue transmission. I also conduct population genetic studies on Aedes aegypti mosquitos to understand historical and recent invasions.
Scott Geib
Research Entomologist
Hilo Hawaii United States

Genomics of Tephritid fruit flies. Whole genome sequencing, trait association, QTL, Linkage mapping, Functional Genomics, RNAi, CRISPR/CAS
Biochemist- technologist; Msc Molecular Diagnostics; PhD Molecular biology
Biochemistry- Biotechnology
University of Thessaly
Larissa Larissa Greece
My research interests are focused on agriculture pests. Specifically, I am interested on the development of more specific, effective and environmentally friendly approaches to insect control focusing mainly on reproductive system and developmental biology.
Maureen Gorman
Research Assistant Professor
Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
Kansas State University
Manhattan Kansas USA

Iron metabolism is a vital biological process in all eukaryotic organisms, but the mechanisms of iron metabolism in insects are poorly understood. Our research is focused on iron transport and the relationship between iron metabolism and innate immunity in insects. We use a combination of genetics, molecular biology and biochemistry methods to study iron metabolism and innate immunity in Drosophila melanogaster, Anopheles gambiae, Manduca sexta, and Tribolium castaneum. These studies should lead to a better understanding of two fundamental components of insect physiology and, thus, provide information that can be used in future efforts to control insect
Huizhen Guo
Southwest University
The state key laboratory of silkworm genome biology
Chongqing Chongqing China
the state key laboratory of silkworm genome biology
My major is biochemistry and molecular biology, and my research is mainly focus on the lepidoptera chemosensory gene families, especially Gr genes.
Simon Groen
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Arizona
Tucson Arizona United States of America
Whiteman Lab
Plant-insect interactions
Mark Guillotte
Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
University of Maryland Baltimore
Baltimore Maryland United States

Vector-borne disease
Mostafa Ghafouri Moghaddam
Plant Protection
University of Zabol
Zahedan Iran Iran

The focus of my research is to investigate subfamily MICROGASTRINAE (Hymenoptera, Braconidae) using taxonomic/faunistic/host associations methodology that incorporates their relations and parasitoid data. Also, I am examining on parasitoid diversity, specifically braconid parasitoids in the subfamily Microgastrinae.
Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Birla Institute of Technology & Science- Pilani
Pilani Rajasthan INDIA
Laboratory of Molecular Parasitology and Vector Biology
Mosquito Immunity. Host-Parasite Interaction
Ashok Giri
Sr. Scientist
Biochemical Sciences
CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory
Pune Maharashatra India
Plant Molecular Biology Unit
Plant defence mechanisms: We developed group at CSIR-NCL focusing on agricultural biotechnology of high relevance to the current problems. Insect pests are globally severe threat to agriculture where we addressed questions related to molecular insights of plant-insect interactions. Understanding of the plant-insect interaction at molecular level will serve as basis for developing strategies for plant protection in sustainable manner with minimizing use of chemicals. Detoxification mechanisms in insects: To obtain molecular insights in to detoxification mechanisms in Lepidopteran insect pest, Helicoverpa armigera, we are employing "omics" approaches upon exposure of insect to different phytochemicals and insecticide molecules.
Rob Good
University of Melbourne
Parkville Victoria Australia
Genomics of Drosophila, Aphids,Molluscs RNAi studies of Aphids and molluscs Developing software tools.
Ludvik Gomulski
Department of Biology and Biotechnology
University of Pavia
Pavia PV Italy
Genetics and genomics of insects of economic and medical importance
We are using transcriptome data to analyze the molecular changes that accompany major physiological and behavioral changes such as maturation and mating in different insect species of medical and agricultural importance. We are particularly interested in transcriptional changes in olfactory related genes.
Kasim George
Post doctoral fellow
Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Maryland College Park
Institute for Bioscience & Biotechnology Research
Rockville Maryland USA
O'Brochta Group IBBR
My research interest focuses on host-pathogen interaction. Specifically, I am investigating the interaction of the human malaria pathogen, Plasmodium falciparum and the arthropod vector Anopheles stephensi. Using transgenic technology, I aim to modify to innate immune system of A. stephensi, to increase the intensity of P. falciparum infection for live attenuated sporozoites vaccine development.
Marian Goldsmith
Biological Sciences
University of Rhode Island
Kingston RI USA
Molecular linkage mapping, cytogenetics, and genomics of the domesticated silkworm, Bombyx mori and applications to other lepidopteran species.
Nicole Gerardo
Assistant Professor
Emory University
Atlanta GA - Georgia United States
The Gerardo Lab
Our lab's focus is on the evolutionary ecology of interactions between microbes and hosts. We are interested in how both beneficial and harmful microbes establish and maintain relationships with their hosts. Such associations are shaped by ecological limitations on host range, evolutionary trade-offs for both hosts and microbes, and host immunology. We combine genomics, phylogenetics and experimental approaches to study these forces in diverse insect-microbe systems.
Jennifer Gleason
Associate Professor
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Kansas
Lawrence KS USA

My lab focuses on the genetics of behavior, primarily in Drosophila. We are interested in the genetic changes resulting in behavioral isolation between species. To that end, we study courtship behaviors, primarily acoustic signals (courtship song) and pheromones.
Gloria I. Giraldo-Calderón
College of Natural Sciences (Facultad de Ciencias Naturales)
ICESI University (Universidad ICESI)
Cali Valle del Cauca , Colombia

August 2019: I will now focus on arthropod interactions and responses to parasites and pathogen infections, starting with transcriptomics projects on spiders-wasps and mosquito-dengue systems respectively. Also collaborating in a proteomics kissing bug-Trypanosoma project. Google Scholar profile: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=kC0DYI8AAAAJ&hl=en Linkedln: linkedin.com/in/gloria-i-giraldo-calderón-983902114 Past (May 2012 - Sep 2019) VectorBase.org Scientific Liaison/Outreach Manager.
Juergen Gadau
School of Life Sciences
Arizona State University
Tempe AZ United States of America
Gadau Lab
Evolutionary genetics and genomics of solitary and social Hymenoptera
Shin Goto
Associate Professor
Graduate School of Science
Osaka City University
Osaka Osaka Japan

Molecular mechanisms of Insect environmental adaptation.
Dr. Christina Grozinger
Professor of Entomology
Department of Entomology
Pennsylvania State University
College of Agricultural Sciences
University Park PA United States
Grozinger Lab
My program seamlessly integrates research, education, outreach and service related to the biology and health of honey bees and other pollinators.  My research addresses both basic and applied questions, using a highly trans-disciplinary approach encompassing genomics, physiology, neurobiology, behavior, and chemical ecology.  My program consists of two main areas of study, which examine the mechanisms underlying social behavior and health in honey bees and related species.  Our studies on social behavior seek to elucidate the proximate and ultimate mechanisms that regulate complex chemical communication systems in insect societies.  Our studies on honey bee health examine how biotic and abiotic stressors