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Michael Strand

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Regents Professor of Entomology
Ph.D. (1985) Texas A & M University
  • Regents Professorship, University of Georgia, 2013
  • President, Phys, Tox, Biochem Section, Entomological Society of America, 2012-2013
  • Elected Fellow, Entomological Society of America, 2012
  • American Soc. Microbiology Lecturer, American Society for Virology, 2012
  • National Recog. Award, Physiol. Biochem. & Toxicology, Entomological Society of America, 2009
  • Distinguished Editor, NIH Challenge Applications, 2009
  • Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2008
  • Brooks Research Award, College Ag & Envi. Science, University of Georgia, 2008
  • Distinguished Research Professor, University of Georgia, 2006
  • Chair, NIH Study Section in Vector Biology, 2004-2006
  • Chair, NIH Study Section Tropical Medicine and Parasitology, 2001-2004
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Insect Behavior
  • Editorial Board, Archives of Insect Biochemistry Physiology
  • Editorial Board, Annals of the Entomological Society of America
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Insect Biology
  • Editorial Board, Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Grant Support -
    • “Cellular Defense Response in an Insect System,” NIH
    • “Marker development for Mosquito Hemocytes,” NIH
    • “Regulation of Caste Formation in a Polyembryonic Wasp,” NSF
    • “Functional Analysis of Polydnavirus and Insect Immune Cell Genes,” USDA
    • “Functional Characterization of Viral IkB-Like Genes,” USDA
    • “Caste Formation in a Polyembryonic Wasp,” USDA
    • “Suppression of the Insect Cellular Immune Response by a Polydnavirus-Carrying Parasitoid,” USDA
Selected Publications:
  • Clark, K.D. and M.R. Strand. 2013. Hemolymph melanization in the silkmoth, Bombyx mori, involves formation of a high molecular mass complex that metabolizes tyrosine. J. Biol. Chem. 288: 14476-14487.
  • Burke, G.R., S.A. Thomas, J.-H. Eum and M.R. Strand. 2013. Mutualistic polydnaviruses share essential replication gene functions with pathogenic ancestors. PLoS Pathogens 9: e1003348.
  • Weldon, S.R., M.R. Strand and K.M. Oliver. 2013. Phage loss and the breakdown of a defensive symbiosis in aphids. Proc. Roy. Soc. B. 280: 2012-2103.
  • Rodriguez-Andres, J., S. Rani, M. Varjak, M.E. Chase-Topping, M.H. Beck, M.C. Ferguson, E. Schnettler, R. Fragkioudis, G. Barry, A. Merits, J.K. Fazakerley, M.R. Strand and A. Kohl. 2012. Phenoloxidase activity acts as a mosquito innate immune response against infection with Semliki Forest virus. PLoS Pathogens 8(11): e1002977.
  • Gulia-Nusa, M., J.-H. Eum, M.R. Strand and M.R. Brown. 2012. Ovary ecdysteroidogenic hormone activates egg maturation in the mosquito, Georgecraigius atropalpus, after adult eclosion or a blood meal. J. Exp. Biol. 215: 3758-3767.
  • Bitra, K., R.J. Suderman and M.R. Strand. 2012. Polydnavirus Ank proteins function as IkB mimics that subvert the insect Imd signaling pathway. PLoS Pathogens 8(5): e1002722.
  • Burke, G.R. and M.R. Strand. 2012. Deep sequencing identifies viral and wasp genes with potential roles in replication of Microplitis demolitor bracovirus. J. Virol. 86: 3293-3306.
  • Castillo, J., M.R. Brown and M.R. Strand. 2011. Blood feeding and insulin peptide 3 stimulate proliferation of hemocytes in the mosquito Aedes aegypti. PLoS Pathogens 7(10): e1002274.
  • Beck, M.R., S. Zhang, S. Bitra, G.R. Burke and M.R. Strand. 2011. The encapsidated genome Microplitis demolitor bracovirus integrates into the host Pseudoplusia includens. J. Virol. 85: 11658-11696.
  • Bitra, K., S. Zhang and M.R. Strand. 2011. Transcriptomic profiling of Microplitis demolitor bracovirus reveals host, tissue, and stage-specific patterns of activity. J. Gen. Virol. 92: 2060-2071.
  • Wen, Z., M. Gulia, K.D. Clark, A. Dhara, J.W. Crim, M.R. Strand and M.R. Brown. 2010. Two insulin-like peptide family members from the mosquito Aedes aegypti exhibit differential biolgoical and receptor binding activities. Mol. Cell Endocrinol. 328: 47-55.
  • Crowder, D.W., T.D. Northfield, M.R. Strand and W.E. Snyder. 2010. Organic agriculture promotes evenness and natural pest control. Nature 466: 109-113.
  • Pruijssers, A.J., P. Falabella, J.H. Eum, F. Pennacchio, M.R. Brown and M.R. Strand, 2009. Infection by a symbiotic polydnavirus induces wasting and inhibits metamorphosis of the moth Pseudoplusia includens. J. Exp. Biol. 212: 2998-3006.
  • Nakatogawa, S., Y. Oda, M. Kamiya, T. Kamijima, T. Aizawa, K.D. Clark, K. Kawano, M.R Strand and Y. Hayakawa. 2009. A novel peptdie meidates aggregation and migration of hemocytes from an insect. Curr. Biol. 19: 779-785.
  • Baton, L., A. Roberston, E. Warr, M.R. Strand and G. Dimopoulos. 2009. Genome-wide transcriptomic profiling of Anopheles gambiae hemocytes revels pathogen-specific signatures upon bacterial challenge and Plasmodium berghei infection. BMC Genomics 10: 257.
  • Lu, Z., M.H. Beck, H. Jiang, Y. Wang and M.R. Strand. 2008. The viral protein Egf1.0 is a dual activity inhibitor of prophenoloxidase activating proteinases 1 and 3 from Manduca sexta. J. Biol. Chem 283: 21325-21333.
  • Brown, M.R., K.D. Clark, M. Gulia, Z. Zhao, S.F. Garczynski, J.W. Crim, R.J. Suderman and M.R. Strand. 2008. An insuline-like peptide regulates egg maturation and metabolism in the mosquito Aedes aegypti. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 105: 5716-5721.
  • Beck, M.H. and M.R. Strand. 2007. A novel prtein from a polydnavirus inhibits the insect prophenoloxidase activation pathway. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 104: 19267-19272.
  • Pruijssers, A. and M.R. Strand. 2007. Protein tyrosine phosphatase-H2 and PTP-H3 from Microplitis demolitor bracovirus functions as a phagocytic inhibitor for insect immune cells. J. Virol. 81: 1209-1219.
  • Webb, B.A., M.R. Strand, S.E. Deborde, M. Beck., R.S. Hilgarth, K. Kadash, J.A. Kroemer, K.G. Lindstrom, W. Rattanadechakul, K.S. Shelby, L. Thoetkiattikul, M.W. Turnbull, W.E. Barney and R.A. Witherell. 2006. Polydnavirus genomes reflect their dual roles as mutualists and pathogens. Virology 347: 106-174.
  • Theotkiattikul, L., M.H. Beck and M.R. Strand. 2005. Ik-B-like proteins from a polydnavirus function as suppressors of the insect immune response. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 102: 11426-11431.
  • Wertheim, B., A.R. Kraaijeveled, E. Schuster, E. Blanc, M. Hopkins, S.D. Pletcher, M.R. Strand, H.C.J. Godfray and L. Partridge. 2005. Genome wide expression in response to parasitoid attack in Drosophila. Genome Biol. 6: R94.
  • Clark, K.D., S. Garczynski, A. Arora, J. Crim and M.R. Strand. 2004. Specific residues in plasmatocyte spreading peptide are required for receptor binding and functional antagonism of insect immune cells. J. Biol. Chem 279: 33246-33252.
  • Donnell, D., L. Corley, G. Chen and M.R. Strand. 2004. Inheritence of germ cells mediates caste formation in a polyembryonic wasp. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 101: 10095-10100.
  • Giron, D., D. Dunn, I.C.W. Hardy and M.R. Strand, 2004. Aggression by polyembryonic wasp soldiers correlates with kinship but not with resource competition. Nature 430: 676-679.

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