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Insect Pathology/ Biotechnology Lab

Insect Pathology/ Biotechnology Lab


Current Lab Members

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Bryony Bonning

Professor

(352) 273-3984
bbonning@ufl.edu
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Dr. Bryony C. Bonning is an eminent scholar and professor of entomology and nematology at the University of Florida, and Director of the Center for Arthropod Management Technologies (CAMTech), a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center. Dr. Bonning held postdoctoral appointments at the Natural Environment Research Council Institute of Virology in Oxford, UK and at the University of California, Davis, USA. She then joined the faculty at Iowa State University, and moved to University of Florida in 2017. Bonning oversees cutting edge research on insect physiology and insect pathology with the goal of developing novel, environmentally benign alternatives to chemical insecticides for insect pest management.

 


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Arinder Arora

Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Dr. Arora has joined the Bonning lab to Dr. Arora is working on gut receptors used by viruses that infect honey bees. He has extensive experience in insect molecular biology, RNAi, and paratransgenesis. During his postdoctoral work at Cornell University, he developed RNAi systems in various phloem feeding hemipteran insects. He holds a Ph.D. in Biology from University of New Mexico.

 


Grace Crummer

Research Coordinator

(352)294-6791
gracec@ufl.edu
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Grace Crummer joined Dr. Bonning's group as Coordinator of the CAMTech IUCRC in October 2018. She has a background in stable isotope ecology, ecosystem ecology, plant physiological ecology, and large interdisciplinary program management. She holds an MS in Botany from UF and a BA in Environmental Science & Policy from Duke.

 


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Marley Iredale

Graduate Student

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Dr. Marley Iredale is a veterinary pathologist working to expand her knowledge of honey bees and their pathogens.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Ecology and veterinary degree from Washington State University.  She completed a one year medical internship at a private veterinary hospital in New York before her residency in Anatomic Pathology at the University of Florida, where she fell in love with honey bees. Her PhD work as part of the Entomology department aims to mitigate some of the challenges currently facing honey bees and apiarists.

 


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Jaime Jimenez

Postdoctoral Research Associate

(352)273-4470
jaime.jimenez@ufl.edu
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Dr. Jiménez researches plant virus transmission by insects. He holds a PhD in Entomology and Virology from the Spanish National Research Council (Madrid, Spain). His PhD addressed the mechanisms of transmission of several non-circulative viruses by their aphid vectors, as well as their competition and interference for the retention sites in the aphid mouthparts. As part of his PhD training, he performed a short-stay internship at the University of California Riverside, where he studied the delivery of phloem-limited virus particles by aphid vectors into the host plant. Dr. Jimé​nez​ has joined Bonning lab for a postdoctoral research project investigating the molecular interactions between persistently transmitted virus particles within the whitefly vector.



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Ruchir Mishra

Biological Scientist III

(352)273-3973
mishraruchir@ufl.edu
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Ruchir Mishra has 8 years of experience in the Bacillus thuringiensis field. He is currently working on engineering Bt Cry toxin to enhance its toxicity against lepidopteran insects. His areas of expertise include molecular biology, proteomics, transcriptomics and bioinformatics. He holds a PhD in Entomology, an MPhil in Biochemistry, and an MS in Molecular Cell Biology. 


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Suresh Pannerselvam

Postdoctoral Research Associate

(352)273-3972
suresh.pannersel@ufl.edu
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Suresh joined the Bonning lab in January 2018. He is working on the construction of a pesticidal protein database and the development of an improved classification algorithm. Suresh earned his Ph.D. in Molecular Science and Technology from Ajou University, South Korea, with a Brain Korea (BK21) Scholarship funded by the Korean government.  He has also been awarded a Senior Research Fellowship by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India.


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Clebson dos Santos Tavares

Graduate Student

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Clebson S. Tavares joined the Bonning lab for his Ph.D. in entomology in 2019. His past research has focused on insect resistance to transgenic crops expressing Bacillus thuringiensis toxins. He holds a MS in Entomology and a BS in Agronomy from Federal University of Vicosa, Brazil.


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Emily Vu

Graduate Student

evu@ufl.edu
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Emily joined the Bonning lab as an undergraduate while completing her BS in biochemistry at UF. During this time she worked on bioassays of Bt toxins on lepidopterans. She is now working in the lab as a graduate student in the Genetics and Genomics program. She plans to focus on the discovery of virus-derived sequences in the small hive beetle for her rotation project.


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Ke Wu

Biological Scientist IV, Lab Manager

(352) 273-3946
kewu@ufl.edu
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Dr. Ke Wu joined the Bonning lab in August 2021 as lab manager. Ke has nearly 3 decades of molecular biology research experience in subjects including plants, viruses, rodents, and insects. Ke oversees the daily operation of Dr. Bonning’s lab. Dr. Wu's current research focuses on two areas: 1) developing cell culture systems in which replication of Asian citrus psyllid viruses can be studied; 2) Identifying and investigating the functional roles of the cellular components involved in regulating viral replication using reverse genetics techniques, such as those based on CRISPR/Cas9.