Anopheles quadriannulatus


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David O'Brochta is a professor in the University of Maryland, College Park's Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research as well as the Department of Entomology.  He is an expert in insect genetics, molecular genetics and insect vectors of disease, as well as transposable elements, genetic technologies and biotechnology.

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David O'Brochta teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  He currently teaches Principles of Genetics (BSCI222), a class of approximately 200 undergraduate students during the Spring semester.  During the Fall semester he teaches a graduate course on Bioethics - Responsible Conduct of Research (MOCB608)

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Insect Transformation Facility   

David O'Brochta heads the IBBR Insect Transformation Facility (ITF), a fee-for-service facility specializing in the creation of transgenic insects using currently available insect genetic technologies and serving researchers in academics and industry.

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David A. O'Brochta, Ph.D.

David A. O'Brochta, Ph.D.


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Journal Editing

David O'Brochta is the editor of the journal Insect Molecular Biology, a primary research journal published by Wiley for the Royal Entomological Society.

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The laboratory is actively engaged in developing genetic technologies for use in insects and the application of those technologies to explore the physiology and genetics that make some mosquitoes  excellent vectors of human pathogens such as malaria-causing parasites.


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Insect Genetic Technologies Research Coordination Network

The IGTRCN is a National Science Foundation-funded project directed by David O'Brochta and intended to connect insect scientists at all stages of their careers for the purpose of developing and disseminating insect genetic technologies and to promote and enhance insect functional genomics as the availability of genome sequence data becomes readily available.

The IGTRCN offers symposia, technical workshops, and peer-to-peer training fellowships and a knowledge base with the goal of enhancing research capacity and encouraging collaboration.


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