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
Maria P Zappia
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago IL USA

The E2F transcription factor regulates the expression of genes involved in a broad range of processes including cell cycle progression, cell differentiation and cell death. Our group recently discovered a novel role for E2F in the regulation of mitochondrial activity.
LJ Zwiebel
Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Biological Sciences/Pharmacology
Biological Sciences/Pharmacology
Vanderbilt University/Medical Center
Nashville TN USA
We are examining the molecular events of olfaction as this sensory modality predominates most of the relevant behaviors in ants as well as host preference and several other behaviors in mosquitoes to thereby make significant impact to vectorial capacity. Working together with several outstanding collaborators here at Vanderbilt and around the world, we are interested in understanding the mechanisms by which insects transduce chemical signals from their environment into neuronal activity and ultimately behavior. Within Anopheles, we focus specifically on the genetic basis for anthropophily- the characteristic preference for human biting that significantly drives malaria transmission by An. gambiae.
Kintampo Health Research Centre is a well-established, African-based, research centre which usually tries to solve public health issues. KHRC is one of three field research centres of the Health Research Unit of Ghana Health Service established in 1994. KHRC is situated in the middle belt of Ghana in the Brong Ahafo Region.
hongyu zhang
Dr Prof
State Key Laboratory of Agricultural Microbiology, Institute of Urban and Horticultural Entomology, College of Plant Science and Technology
Huazhong Agricultural University
Institute of Urban and Horticultural Entomology
Wuhan Hubei China
Institute of Urban and Horticultural Entomology
Insect molecular and Microbiology, Control techniques of Urban and Horticultural insect pests, especially fruit fly etc citrus insect pests.
yongjun Zhang
PhD, Professor
Institute of Plant Protection, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences
Beijing Beijing China

(1) chemical communication regulation between insect pests and host plant, (2) regulation of insect olfactory behaviour, (3) resistance of host plants to insect pests, and (4) bio-safety of GMOs
Michal Zurovec
Institute of Entomology
Biology Centre CAS
Ceske Budejovice Czechia Czech Republic
Molecular Genetics
Gene mutagenesis by engineered nucleases, Adenosine signaling pathway. We are developing approaches to the investigation of extrinsic controls on tissue growth by using the imaginal discs of Drosophila as a model system.
Sufang Zhang
Assistant Professor
Forest Protection
Research Institute of Forest Ecology, Environment and Protection
Beijing Beijing China

Forest insect olfactory mechanisms, Forest protection, Forest pest management
Chaoyang Zhao
Ohio State University
Wooster OH USA

I am interested in understanding the molecular mechanism underlying the process of insect-plant interaction. My current research focuses on the characterization of horizontally transferred genes gained by the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) from microorgansims, which may have increased insect adaption to harbor distinct ecological niches. I had also been working on the Hessian fly (Mayetiola destructor), attempting to understand how it interacts with its host plant - wheat. Using genetic mapping and genome sequence-based tools, we have discovered three avirulence genes or gene candidates (vH6, vH24 and vHdic) in the Hessian fly, which supports the gene-for-gene hypothesis and the
Yong Zhang
Assistant Professor
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno NV U.S

Neurobiology, circadian clocks
Linlin Zhang
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Cornell University
ithaca New York United States
Reed Lab
butterfly color pattern mechanism and evolution
Ali Zachi
PhD candidate
Plant protection
University Putra Malaysia
Belakong Selangor  Malaysia
Entomopathogenic fungi,bio insecticides,formulation of intomopathogenic fungi
Gonse Marius Zoh
PhD student, Medical entomogist CNRS
Department of biology
Université de Grenoble, France
Grenoble Rhones-Alpes FRANCE
Laboratoire d'Ecologie Alpine (LECA)
Mechanisms involved in the resistance of Anopheles gambiae to a new formulation of the insecticidal fusion of pyrethroids and neonicotinoids
Assocaite Professor
College of Plant Protection
Nanjing Agricultural University
Nanjing Jiangsu China

insect resistance, neurotransmitter receptor
Lefteris Zorbas
PhD candidate
Biochemistry and Biotechnology
University of Thessaly
Larissa Thessaly Greece

The Y chromosome of B. oleae and its gene content (isolation and characterization of genes and especialy of the maleness factor). Creation of genetic sexing strains of B. oleae for use at the SIT. Use of Bioinformatic tools.