Distinguished Research Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Research interest:
Functional and structural genomics, metabolism and enzymology of organisms that grow near 100C.
Insects are the most species rich and diverse animals on Earth. They are key components in most ecosystems as predators and prey, as well as essential organisms in herbivory, pollination, parasitism and nutrient cycling. Insects are vectors of many diseases and pests in agriculture, forestry and urban environments. Their small size and short generation times make them excellent model organisms for topics ranging from biomedicine and biotechnology to population biology and ecosystem dynamics.