Sylvia Anton:

Sylvia Anton did her PhD in Vienna Austria and research in Sweden, before moving to France. Since 2003 she is a senior research scientist at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) in Angers, France. She works as a member of the Insect Ecology and Genetics Group of a joint research Unit in Rennes (IGEPP). She is interested in neural coding of pheromone and plant odour information and the plasticity of chemosensory systems in pest insects. Using behavioural, electrophysiological and neuroanatomical approaches she investigates how experience, physiological state and environmental factors modify olfactory-guided behaviour and the underlying neural mechanisms.

Axel Mithöfer:

Axel Mithöfer studied Biology in Osnabrück, Germany, and did his Diploma in 1988. In 1992, he received his Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum on a phytotoxin-related topic. For his Habilitation in Botany at the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich in 1999, he switched the topic and started work on physiological and molecular aspects in the Phytophthora sojae – soybean pathosystem together with Prof. J. Ebel. He was the first who purified biochemically a membrane-bound elicitor binding protein from plants. In 2000, he moved in the group of Raoul Ranjeva (INRA, Toulouse, France), to study the subcellular organization of calcium waves during elicitor-induced signalling in plant cells. After returning to Munich for another 2 years, in 2003 he joined the Department of Bioorganic Chemistry in the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena as the leader of the ‘‘Plant Defense Physiology’’ research group. Axel Mithöfer is also Associate Professor at the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena. Now his main research interests lay in the field of plants’ interactions with other organisms, mainly herbivorous insects: the processes of signal perception, signal transduction, and subsequently induced plant defenses including volatile organic compounds. His group developed and employed for the first time a mechanical larva that is able to mimic the feeding behavior of herbivorous insects in order to separate wounding from insect-derived chemistry. Axel Mithöfer is a specialist on early signalling events with a strong focus on phytohormone analyses, particularly on jasmonates, and calcium signalling. He discovered a direct link between Ca2+ signalling and herbivory-triggered JA signalling in Arabidopsis. Most recently he could demonstrate and visualize a systemic Calcium signal that upon wounding and herbivory moved through the plant from treated into non-treated leaves. Beside plant herbivore interactions he is also working on carnivorous plants, actually the pitcher plant Nepenthes. Here, recent studies of his and other groups showed that carnivory in plants very likely evolved from plant defense mechanisms.

Mônica Pupo:

Mônica T. Pupo graduated in Pharmacy in 1990 from University of São Paulo (USP), Ribeirão Preto campus, and then earned her PhD in Chemistry from Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) in 1997. She was a postdoctoral researcher at Physics Institute of São Carlos (IFSC), USP, for one year and then she joined the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Ribeirão Preto (FCFRP), USP, in 1998 as assistant professor. She was appointed as associated professor in 2009. She was a visiting scholar at Jon Clardy group, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA, from 2006 to 2007. She coordinates the Laboratory of Microbial Chemistry at FCFRP-USP, and her research interests include the Chemistry, Biology and Ecology of Natural Products from microbial symbionts in interspecies interactions.

 

Coby Schal:

Dr. Coby Schal holds the Blanton J. Whitmire Distinguished Professorship at North Carolina State University (USA). He has a B.Sci. from the State University of New York at Albany, a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas (with W.J. Bell), and postdoctoral training at the University of Massachusetts (with R.T. Cardé). Coby’s chemical ecology projects include cockroach sex and aggregation pheromones, roles of microbes in mosquito and sand fly oviposition, cuticular lipids in various insects, evolution of sex pheromones in moths, and the neuronal basis of sugar-aversions in cockroaches. Research on cockroach-produced allergens also includes their biology, intervention strategies to mitigate their pervasiveness, and studies on the impacts of environmental interventions on health outcomes in asthmatic children. The Schal lab has also been investigating the recent resurgence of bed bugs, through collaborative research in population genetics, chemical ecology and pest and resistance management. Coby’s lab has published over 290 peer-reviewed papers, and he has mentored 40 graduate students and 41 post-doctoral researchers. He teaches graduate courses in Insect Behavior, Urban Entomology and Chemical Ecology. Coby has served as subject editor and on the editorial boards of 6 journals, including the Journal of Chemical Ecology, as councilor of the ISCE, and on the Entomological Society of America (ESA) Governing Board. Recent honors include the Silverstein-Simeone Award from the ISCE, Fellow of ESA, Fellow of AAAS, Holladay Medal (NCSU’s highest faculty award), Outstanding Research Award, Outstanding Adviser Award, ESA’s Recognition Award in Urban Entomology, and ESA’s Nan-Yao Su Award for Innovation and Creativity in Entomology.

Jerry Zhu:

Dr. Jerry (Junwei) Zhu is a Research Chemical Ecologist and Entomologist at the USDA-ARS (US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service). He has also been an Adjunct Professor of Entomology at the University of Nebraska since 2010. He received his PhD in Chemical Ecology with Prof. Christer Löfstedt at Lund University, Sweden. Since 1995, he has worked in various industry and research institutes and universities in US and Europe. His research focuses on semiochemical-based pest management (particularly in discovering and developing practical uses for novel natural repellent/attractant compounds). He has published over 100 scientific papers and holds 6 US patents, some of which have been developed into commercial products from his inventions. He served as a guest editor of Journal of Chemical Ecology for the special issue titled, “Semiochemicals in Pest Management: Development, Regulation Applications” with John Romeo, Tom Baker and Jocelyn Millar. He is also a subject editor of the ESA (Entomological Society of America) journal “Journal of Insect Science” and serves on editorial boards of several international journals. Currently, he is a Past-President of Asia-Pacific Association of Chemical Ecologists and the Overseas Chinese Entomologists of America. He has organized many APACE and ISCE conferences (including two joint conferences of ISCE and APACE in Japan, 2017 and Australia, 2013).

Paulo Zarbin

Paulo H. G. Zarbin is an associate professor at Department of Chemistry from Federal University of Paraná UFPR/Brazil, where he coordinates the Laboratory of Semiochemicals.
Graduated in Chemistry in 1993, he obtained his Master's degree in Organic Chemistry (1995) and PhD in Sciences (1998) at Federal University of São Carlos / Brazil. He completed his Ph.D. at the National Institute of Sericulture and Entomological Science in Tsukuba, Japan, from 1996 to 1997. Member of several scientific societies, he was president of the International Society of Chemical Ecology-ISCE (2011-2012), vice president of the Entomological Society of Brazil-SEB (2010-2012), secretary of the Paraná region of the Brazilian Society of Chemistry- SBQ (2002-2004) and current president of the Latin American Association of Chemical Ecology
– ALAEQ. He is currently associate editor of Chemoecology and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Chemical Ecology. Prof. Zarbin has been a CNPq Productivity Fellow since 1999, and his research interest is focused on structural identification and synthesis of insect pheromones, chemical ecology of insect-plant interactions, and development of alternative methods for agricultural pest control.