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
Cain Yam
Drosophila Division
BestGene Inc
Chino Hills CA USA
BestGene Inc
Drosophila Microinjection Services
Hao Yu
plant protection department
Henan Institution of Science and Technology
Xinxiang City Henan Province CHINA

transgenic technologies for the leafhopper
Zengchun Ye
Department of Internal Medicine
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston TEXAS United States

Lyubov Yarinich
Laboratory of cell division
Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Novosibirsk Novosibirskaya oblast Russian Federation

Drosophila cell lines
Hongwei Yao
Institute of Insect Sciences
Zhejiang University
Hangzhou Zhejiang Province China

Identification and characterization of insecticide detoxification enzymes and their genes, in particular on the role that esterase(s) play in the detoxification of organophosphate and pyrethroid insecticides in rice insect pests
Ying Yan
Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (IME), Gießen, Germany
Justus-Liebig-University Gießen, Germany
Giessen Hessen Germany
Dr.Marc Schetelig's lab
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.
Sheng Yang
School of Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Durham University (UK)
Iowa State University (USA)
Ames Iowa USA
Post-doc Research Associate
(1) Bt toxin engineering for novel hemipteran gut target sites Bt toxins have been successfully used in various transgenic crops for almost 20 years to manage lepidopteran and coleopteran pests. However, this strategy has not been used in the management of aphids and other hemipterans due to their low susceptibility to Bt toxins, potentially arising from a lack of binding to the hemipteran gut. To circumvent this limitation in pea aphids, peach-potato aphids and soybean aphids, a phage display library was screened in vivo against the aphid guts to identify candidate gut-binding peptides to add to a Bt toxin. The in
Nilay Yapici
Assistant Professor, Nancy and Peter Meinig Family Investigator
Department of Neurobiology and Behavior
Cornell University
Ithaca  NY  USA
Yapici Lab
Neural circuits that regulate behavioral states, decision making, motivation and food intake.
Steve Young
School of Integrative Plant Science
Cornell University
Ithaca NY USA

Invasive pests
Xiudao Yu
Citrus Research and Education Center
University of Florida
Lake Alfred FL United States

Insect molecular biology; Transgenic plants for insect management
June-Sun Yoon
University of Kentucky
Lexington KY United States
Palli Lab at U of Kentucky
RNA interference (RNAi) is a useful reverse genetic tools for investigating the gene function. Moreover, RNAi also has potential practical applications in many fields including medicine and agriculture. The variability in RNAi efficacy among insect species limits the range of its application. I am trying to understand the mechanism of RNA interference in insects to facilitate the use of RNAi to control pests. I study coleopteran insects to understand how/why RNAi works well as successful RNAi models and lepidopteran insects to investigate the barriers for efficient RNAi.
Rocio Elisa Yanes Ruano
Guatemala Department of Agriculture
San Miguel Petapa Guatemala Guatemala
San miguel Petapa Facilities
Anastrepha Ludens Ceratitis Capitata
Xiaowei Yang
Department of Entomology
Cornell University
Geneva NY United States

Genetic mapping, CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing.
Rehovot State Israel