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
Graham Thompson
Associate Professor
Western University
London Ontario Canada
The Social Biology Group
My lab studies the biological basis of insect social behaviour; how it evolves, how it is maintained and why some species are social while others are not. Much like human societies, eusocial ants, bees, wasps and termites show bewildering complexity in how their societies are structured. Yet for insects, this complexity is derived from an economically simple division of labour into reproductive and non-reproductive specialists. Studying reproductive division of labour in insects at the level of the gene can provide key insights into how complex social systems evolved from simpler, ancestral ones. Studies on social insects can also help understand
John Tower
Biological Sciences
University of Southern California
Los Angeles California United States
Tower Lab
Gene expression during aging and predictive biomarkers of life span. Sexual antagonistic pleiotropy and p53. MnSOD and the mitochondrial unfolded protein response UPRmt 3D video tracking of flies including GFP
Eran Tauber
University of Leicester
Leicester Leicestershire United Kingdom

proximate and ultimate (evolutionary) mechanisms underlying circadian rhythms and seasonal timing.
Zhijian Tu
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia United States
Mosquito Genetics and Genomics
Mosquito transmitted diseases, such as malaria, dengue fever, and encephalitis claim millions of lives worldwide each year. Current control measures are under threat as drug- and insecticide-resistance increases. Novel approaches are needed and needed urgently. My laboratory studies the basic genetics and physiology of mosquitoes with the long-term goal of reducing the burden of vector-borne infectious diseases. My laboratory employs functional genomics, comparative genomics, and bioinformatics approaches to study genes involved in sex-determination and early embryonic development in mosquitoes. The above research topics will lead to mosquito control applications through the manipulation of sex ratios and mating behavior. A better understanding
anjiang tan
Key Laboratory of Insect Developmental and Evolutionary Biology
Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Shanghai Shanghai China

Insect transgene, genome editing
Amy Toth
Assistant Professor
Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology
Iowa State University
Ames Iowa United States
Assistant Professor
We use an integrative approach, blending behavior, ecology, physiology, and genomics, to discover new insights into the mechanisms and evolution of social behavior. We are also investigating the roles of nutrition, viruses, and landscapes on pollinator health and conservation. Our main study systems are honey bees (Apis mellifera) and paper wasps (genus Polistes).
Ann Tate
Assistant Professor
Biological Sciences
Vanderbilt University
Nashville TENNESSEE United States

We study the evolutionary ecology of infection and immunity in laboratory and wild insect populations. Our primary model host is Tribolium castaneum, and we combine experiments and theory to understand the effect of host-microbe interactions across biological levels of organization.
Umut Toprak
Associate Professor
Plant Protection/Entomology
Ankara University
Ankara Ankara Turkey
Molecular Entomology (MOLEN) Lab.
My primary research goals are directed towards understanding insect physiological systems using molecular tools and developing new insect control strategies targeting these systems. My current research is focused on: 1) Identification of insect midgut genes and understanding their functions, specifically in lepidopterans and coleopterans 2) Understanding insect lipid metabolism, particularly related to diapause 3) Development of baculoviral biopesticides and their formulation by synergistics targeting insect midgut defense physiology and function
Kevin Temeyer
Research Molecular Biologist
Agricultural Research Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Kerrville Texas USA
Knipling-Bushland U.S. Livestock Insects Research Laboratory
Incumbent is a Research Molecular Biologist in the Livestock Insects Research Unit of the Knipling-Bushland U.S. Livestock Insects Research Laboratory, Kerrville, Texas. The research is a component of ARS National Program 104 – Veterinary, Medical and Urban Entomology. Incumbent is Lead Scientist for the Biting Fly CRIS Project with objectives to 1) develop new attractants, repellents, and behavior modifying chemicals based on physiology of chemical reception; 2) evaluate efficacy of novel technologies for control of flies; and 3) determine interactions between flies and microorganisms that affect survival of the insects and their capability to transmit pathogens. Incumbent is Lead Scientist
Mr. Shreeharsha Tarikere
pune maharashtra india

Wing development in insects with focus on lepidoptera
Takuya Tsubota
Transgenic Silkworm Research Unit
National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences
Tsukuba Ibaraki Japan
Transgenic Silkworm Research Unit
My research is concerned with the development of silkworm transgenic technique and its application. I succeeded in identifying a novel silkworm strong and ubiquitous promoter, that is, hsp90 promoter. Using the novel techniques, I want to clarify lepidopteran-specific biological phenomena such as gene regulation in the silk gland.
Nicholas Teets
Assistant Professor
Department of Entomology
University of Kentucky
Lexington KY USA

The two primary foci of my lab are 1) the physiological and molecular mechanisms of extreme stress tolerance in insects, and 2) The use of genetic technologies to improve Sterile Insect Technique. Our research approach is integrative and spans multiple levels of organization, ranging from cell/molecular biology up through evolutionary and population biology.
Denis Tagu
Senior Scientist
INRA Rennes
BP 35327 Le Rheu Bretagne FRANCE
Institute of Genetics, Environment and Plant Protection
Genomics, arthropods, bioinformatics, gene network, phenotypic plasticity
Tatiana Torres
Assistant Professor
Genetics and Evolutionary Biology
University of Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo SP Brazil
Genomics and Evolution of Arthropods
Our research focuses on the investigation of patterns of variability observed in genes and genomes, particularly regulatory variation, and understanding the underlying evolutionary processes involved in the emergence of these patterns. To pursue this we use insects and other arthropods as model organisms.
Gianluca Tettamanti
Associate Professor
Department of Biotechnology and Life Sciences
University of Insubria
Varese --- Italy
Laboratory of Invertebrate Biology
- Cell death and regeneration in insect development - Insect biotechnology - Immune response in insects
Konstantina Tsoumani
Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Biochemistry and Biotechnology
University of Thessaly
Larissa Thessaly Greece
Molecular biology & Genomics - Mathiopoulos Lab
Genomic and transcriptomic analyses using NGS data, identification and functional analyses of genes involved 1) in reproductive behaviour including the olfactory and gustatory systems of the olive fruit fly, as well as 2) in embryogenesis, that can be used in the development of new genetic control strategies of the olive fly.
Alicia Timm
Kansas State University
Manhattan Kansas USA

I investigate insect-plant interactions, focussing on plant resistance and insect response to viruses. I also research the taxonomy and population genetics of agriculturally important insects.
Yoshiaki Tanaka
Senior Researcher
Insect Gene Function Research Unit
National Agriculture and Food Research Organization
Tsukuba Ibaraki Japan
Insect Gene Function Research Unit
Neuropeptide and GPCR
Waring Trible
Rockefeller University
New York NY USA
Kronauer Laboratory
Ant genetics. I am currently working on developing a CRISPR protocol in the ant Cerapachys biroi, which I will use to study genes relevant to caste differentiation and chemical communication. Past projects include population genetics of fire ants and army ants, fire ant phermone analysis, and phylogenetics of ant evolution.
kaleem Tariq
Huazhong Agricultural University
Wuhan Hubei China

Role of miRNAs in spermatogenesis