We are in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. We are part of the entomology, genetics, and biotechnology graduate programs at NCSU. Our main research interests are investigating how gene expression is regulated in insects and applying this knowledge to develop engineered strains for genetic control programs. We have developed male-only strains of the livestock pests, Lucilia cuprina (the Australian sheep blowfly) and Cochliomyia hominivorax (the New World screwworm) and also spotted wing Drosophila, the global invasive pest of soft-skinned fruits. The strains could be used for genetic biocontrol of these pest species. We are also interested in developing gene drive and Y-linked systems that could potentially provide more efficient population suppression.