Our two major areas of study are:

Insect nutrition

  • Physiology of sugar and amino acid nutrition
  • Using genomic data to reconstruct and analyze insect metabolism

Insect interactions with beneficial microorganisms

  • Nutrient flux between insects and their symbiotic microorganisms
  • How the nutritional function of beneficial microorganisms is regulated by the insect host

Our goals are:

  • To explain how interactions with symbiotic microorganisms enable some insects to thrive on nutritionally-inadequate diets
  • To identify novel targets and strategies for insect pest control