Rebijith was the first research associate in the lab. He worked hard on getting new tools for transgenesis to work and particularly for Drosophila suzukii. He was the first to trial the somatic transformation plasmids from Paul Shirk's lab and made them work. He worked on a number of projects but family commitments meant he had to move away.
We miss his happy smile.
Rebijith is now a Senior Scientist in New Zealand at Ministry for Primary Industries.
Areas of Expertise:
DNA Barcoding, Molecular phylogeny, RNAi, small RNAs, miRNAs, amiRNA
Drosophila spp and major insect pests of quarantine importance
My aim is to continue my work on the cutting-edge areas of Molecular Entomology such as RNAi in insect pest management, Small RNAs: their diversity, roles and practical uses, Potential application of CRISPR/Cas9 to control insect pests etc. Moreover, I will strive to work into the real problems of farmers and develop procedures and novel techniques for solving their problems and improving the efficacy of production.