Congratulations to Loganathan (Logu) Ponnusamy, a Senior Research Scholar in our department, who has won the Entomological Society of America's prestigious Early Career Innovation Award. This award, which is sponsored by BASF, honors young professionals working within the field of entomology who have demonstrated innovation through contributions within any area of specialization (research, teaching, extension, product development, public service, etc.). Click HERE for further details about the award.
Logu was recognized for his recent research on molecular microbial ecology of bacterial populations in mosquito habitats, microbe-insect interactions, and oviposition site attractants of mosquitoes, in collaboration with the Apperson and Schal labs. He helped develop a novel attract-and-kill management strategy for Aedes aegypti, using attractive bacteria in a sustained release formulation that attracts gravid females to lethal trap. He is also the principal investigator on an NIH R21 (exploratory) grant to identify bacterial factors that stimulate Aedes aegypti eggs to hatch. More information about Logu's work can be found HERE.
Logu will be recognized at the ESA Annual Meeting and will receive an award of $1,000.