We are in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. We are part of the genetics program  and the biotechnology training program 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. For our fundamental studies of gene regulation we use the model genetic insect Drosophila melanogaster. Our applied work has mostly been on adult screwwormdeveloping male-only strains of the livestock pests, Lucilia cuprina (the Australian sheep blowfly) and Cochliomyia hominivorax (the New World screwworm). We are also interested in developing transgenic strains of D. suzukii (spotted wing Drosophila), which is a plant pest (e.g. berries) in North Carolina.