In alphabetical order

Dr. Thomas Girke

Dr. Girke's  research focuses on the development of computational data analysis methods for genome biology and small molecule discovery. This includes discovery-oriented data mining projects, as well as algorithm and software development projects for data types from a variety of high-throughput technologies such as next generation sequencing (NGS), genome-wide profiling approaches and chemical genomics. As part of the multidisciplinary nature of his field, he frequently collaborates with experimental scientists on data analysis projects of complex biological networks. Another important activity is the development of integrated data analysis systems for the open source software projects R and Bioconductor. 

Dr. Girke is involved in bioinformatics analyses of transcriptome data generated by microarray and RNA-seq technologies.  

Associate Professor of Bioinformatics
Director, IIGB Bioinformatic Facility
Department of Botany and Plant Sciences
1207F Genomics Building
University of California, Riverside, CA 92521
Phone: (951) 905-5232

Dr. Ronald J. (Ron) Hill

Ron Hill leads a multidisciplinary team in CSIRO focusing on insect hormone receptors as targets for the discovery of environmentally-friendly insecticides.
His laboratory solved one of the first two ecdysone receptor hormone binding domain structures by X-ray diffraction.
Drs. Hill and Jindra are attempting to solve the crystal structure of juvenile hormone receptor, Methoprene-tolerant.

Alex Raikhel laboratory collaborates with Drs. Hill and Jindra on studies of crystal structures of mosquito juvenile hormone and ecdysone receptors.

Chief Research Scientist
CSIRO Animal, Food and Health Sciences
PO Box 52, North Ryde, 
NSW, 1670, Australia.
Phone: +61-2-9490-5076 Fax: +61-2-9490-5010

Dr. Fedor V. (Ted) Karginov

Dr. Karginov's research focuses on understanding the overall mapping and principles of the interactions between mRNAs and their controlling factors - microRNAs and RBPs, and the interplay between these factors. To this end, they employ a mixture of tools in molecular biology, bioinformatics and cell biology. These tools include high-throughput, transcriptome-wide techniques to assess the interaction patterns (CLIP-seq and RNA-seq), as well as targeted studies of individual mRNAs using reporter systems.

Drs. Karginov’s and Raikhel’s laboratories collaborate on the analysis of mosquito microRNAs.

Assistant Professor of Cell Biology & Neuroscience
3119C Genomics Building
University of California, Riverside, CA 92521
Phone: (951) 827-3604

Dr. Sang Woon Shin

Dr. Shin focuses on the characterization of mosquito innate immunity. Recently, he has been involved in studies elucidating the role of juvenile hormone in mosquitoes. 

Drs. Raikhel and Shin have a long standing collaboration in these areas of research.

Department of Agricultural Biotechnology 200-6119 
Seoul National University
1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 151-742, Republic of Korea
Phone: +82-2-880-4579

Dr. Kevin P. White
Mapping the regulatory wiring diagrams encoded in genomes is key to understanding development, disease and evolution. The White lab studies the coordinated action of networks of genes that control developmental and evolutionary processes. They have particular focus on building genome-wide models of transcriptional networks, and they use an integrated approach that makes use of gene expression microarrays, large-scale protein-protein and protein-DNA interaction analyses, systematic RNAi analysis and high throughput polymorphism detection. By applying their methods to both closely and distantly related species, they are investigating how conserved molecular networks control basic developmental processes and how variation in molecular networks translates into variation in organismal phenotypes. They are particularly interested in the transcriptional networks controlled by nuclear receptor proteins in development and disease. The White lab is also studying the transcriptional mechanisms involved in patterning early embryos. They make use of the compact Drosophila genome and the genomes of related species as model systems for many of their studies, and recently they have also begun to apply these genomics and computational approaches to investigations of the human genome.

Dr. White's laboratory collaborates with the Raikhel lab in the areas of gene expression microarrays from post eclosion and post blood meal tissues in female Aedes aegypti.  

James and Karen Frank Professor 
Department of Human Genetics 
Director, Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology
The University of Chicago
900 East 57th Street
KCBD 10100A
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: (773) 834-0074

Dr. Zhen (Karl) Zou

Dr. Zhu's current research interests focus on the understanding of 
(1) the molecular basis of mosquito reproductive and metabolic events linked to blood feeding, 
(2) elucidation of mosquito immune pathways, including melanization, 
(3) physiological, biochemical and molecular adaptations of parasitoid wasps to their hosts. 

Drs. Zhu’s and Raikhel’s laboratories collaborate on research areas (1) and (2). 

Professor, Group Head of Insect Immunity and Development 
1 Beichen West Road, Beijing 100101, P.R. China
Phone: + 86 10 64807190 (Office); + 86 10 64806377 (Lab)
Fax: + 86 10 64807099