Dr. Attardo's research interests include: Insect disease vectors, insect reproduction, vector/parasite interactions, reproductive physiology, male seminal secretions, symbiosis, lactation, nutrition, lipid metabolism, transcriptional regulation, comparative genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics.
Dr. Bond's research interests include: Systematics, taxonomy, and evolution of terrestrial arthropods with an emphasis on arachnids and myriapods. We employ molecular, morphological, and ecological approaches to study questions related to evolutionary diversification at multiple hierarchical levels (populations – higher taxa).
Laboratory Research Interests: Molecular Genetics of Animal Behavior, Circadian Rhythm Biology, Posttranslational Regulation of Proteins.
Dr. Cornel's research interests include: Genomic studies on mosquitoes of medical importance. Particular emphasis on insecticide resistance genes and Anopheles polytene chromosome physical mapping.
Dr. Hammock's research interests include: Biochemistry and physiology of endocrine regulation in insects; development of recombinant viral pesticides; disruption of chemical mediation by chemical means and biotechnology; comparative pesticide metabolism in insects and mammals; metabolism of epoxidized xenobiotics; immunochemical methodology for detection of xenobiotics.
I am broadly interested in Animal Behavior, Evolution, Theoretical Biology, and Genomics. To date, my research has used a combination of experiments, simulation models, and computational biology to explore the evolution of advanced sociality, mechanisms of social organization, and self-organization. Chief amongst my results are that novel genes (orphans) are important for eusocial evolution and task allocation can work via a self organizing coupled localization diffusion process. I have also shown that colony fitness is often maximized when selection couples self-organization with other mechanisms, such as templates and recipes. In addition, I have written forward thinking conceptual syntheses on the evolution of the superorganism phenotype and division of labor. These syntheses present integrative biology perspectives on eusocial evolution and propose novel hypotheses, which I plan to make the subject of my future work.
Dr. Karba's research interests include: Population regulation of animal species and the interactions between herbivores and their host plants.
Dr. Kimsey's research interests include: Biology and evolution of insects; systematics and phylogeny of Tiphiidae, Chrysididae, Sphecidae, Pompilidae and Apidae; functional morphology; mating behavior of wasps and bees; biogeography of insects.