Opening Speaker

Patrick Callaerts

KU Leuven, Belgium

Patrick Callaerts is currently professor at KU Leuven (University of Leuven) where he heads the Laboratory of Behavioral and Developmental Genetics.

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Session Speakers

1. Development, growth, and endocrinology

Yoshinori Tomoyasu

Miami University, USA

Yoshi Tomoyasu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Miami University. He received his B.Sc and MS from Hokkaido University and Ph.D. from the National Institute for Basic Science in Japan.

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Mirka Uhlirova

University of Cologne, Germany

Mirka Uhlirova received PhD from the University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic, where she established techniques allowing functional genetics in non-model insects.

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2. Physiology, metabolism and immune responses

Shirley Luckhart

University of Idaho, USA

Shirley Luckhart received her PhD in Entomology from Rutgers University and completed a National Research Council postdoctoral fellowship at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.

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Irene Miguel-Aliaga

Imperial College London, UK

Irene Miguel-Aliaga is Professor of Genetics and Physiology at Imperial College London and Programme Leader at the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences, London.

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3. Neurobiology and behavior

Jeff Riffell

University of Washington, USA

Dr. Jeff Riffell is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington, Department of Biology. He received his BA from UC Santa Cruz and PhD from UC Los Angeles.

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Scott Waddell

University of Oxford, UK

Scott Waddell studied biochemistry as an undergraduate at the University of Dundee, and cancer for his Ph.D. at the University of London.

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4. Molecular phylogenetics and "total evidence" cladistics

Greg Edgecombe

London Natural History Museum, UK

Greg Edgecombe received his PhD from Columbia University in 1991 for studies on trilobite systematics at the American Museum of Natural History.

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Karen Meusemann

University of Freiburg, Germany

Karen received her PhD with summa cum laude in 2012 at the University of Bonn, Germany in 2012 (studying at the Zoological Research Museum A. Koenig, ZFMK with Bernhard Misof, ZFMK, ZMB) for studies on inferring phylogenetic relationionships based on transcriptome data on apterygote hexapods and arthopods within the Research Programm "Deep Metazoan Phylogeny".

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5. Adaptation to climate change

Johannes Overgaard

Aarhus University, Denmark

Johannes Overgaard has a Master and PhD degree from Aarhus University where he now holds a position as Professor in Zoo-physiology at Bioscience, Aarhus University.

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Kacey Ernst

University of Arizona, USA

Dr. Kacey Ernst is an Associate Professor and Program Director of Epidemiology at the University of Arizona College of Public Health. Her work as an infectious disease epidemiologist is focused on understanding the dynamics of mosquito-borne diseases and factors that influence their emergence and control, particularly in arid regions. Her work in the Arizona-Sonora desert region assessed how relationships among weather, Ae. aegypti age-structure and the extrinsic incubation period of the virus influence differential emergence of dengue in the region.

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6. Symbiosis and molecular ecology

Molly Hunter

University of Arizona, USA

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Greg Hurst

University of Liverpool, UK

Greg Hurst is Derby Professor of Zoology at the University of Liverpool, a position he has held since 2007.

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7. Pests of crops (including resistance)

Chris Bass

University of Exeter, UK

Chris Bass is a Professor of Applied Entomology at the University of Exeter where he leads a multi-disciplinary group (bioinformaticians, whole-organism biologists, molecular biologists, biochemists) working on the topic of adaptive evolution in insects.

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Henry Fadamiro

Auburn University, USA

Prof. Henry Fadamiro is an Alumni Professor at, Auburn University, Alabama, USA, and serves as Associate Dean for Research for College of Agriculture. Fadamiro received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria.

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8. Disease vectors (including resistance)

Luciano Moreira

Fiocruz, Brazil

Luciano Moreira has been working with insects since his undergraduate studies.

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Charles Wondji

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK

Charles Wondji is a Professor of vector biology and genetics at the Liverpool School of Tropical medicine (LSTM).

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9. Genetic engineering & genome editing

Dave O'Brochta

University of Maryland, USA

Dr. O’Brochta is currently the technical lead on FNIH’s activities in the area of mosquito gene drive and public health. He is trained in entomology and molecular genetics and until recently had an active research program focused on the development of transgenic insect technologies and their applications to fundamental and applied problems in medical and agricultural entomology.

Christopher Potter

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA

Chris Potter is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University. He received his BA from UC Berkeley and a PhD in Genetics from Yale University.

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