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 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.