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.