Roe, R. Michael

William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor

Program area: 

Insect Toxicology and Physiological Genomics


106C Dearstyne Entomology Building

106C Dearstyne Entomology Campus Box 7647 3230 West Ligon Street North Carolina State University Raleigh,NC 27695-7647


B.S. in Zoology (Chemistry minor), Louisiana State University(1974)
M.S. in Physiology (Biochemistry minor),Louisiana State University(1976)
Ph.D. in Entomology (Nuclear Science minor),Louisiana State University(1981)
NIH Fellow in Cellular and Molecular Biology, University California at Davis (1981-1983)

  1. Development of immunochemical, nucleic acid and bioassay-based diagnostic technologies for the management of insect resistance to traditional and transgenic crops, the management of insect vector borne-diseases and other applications;
  2. Molecular biology of tick and mite development, metamorphosis, reproduction and heme-binding, storage proteins;
  3. Research, development and organic chemistry of polymers for the stabilization and delivery of therapeutic proteins, nucleic acids and pesticides to their site of action in animal and plant systems;
  4. Study of the regulation of insect digestion;
  5. Transition state analog chemistry of insect metabolic systems including esterases, epoxide hydrolases and juvenile hormone synthesis;
  6. Transcriptomics of sucking pests important in agriculture, e.g., plant and stink bugs, and urban and medically important pests; development of high throughput RNAi screening methods; and screening for the development of novel insecticide targets;
  7. Development of novel traditional and transgenic pest control technologies;
  8. Development of insect repellents;
  9. Neurogenomics of tick and mite sensory systems and host interaction;
  10. Development of environmentally friendly herbicides, and
  11. Use of textiles in applied entomology. The laboratory is highly collaborative with other university groups and industry, interested in advancing basic knowledge and its application to solve practical problems, technology transfer and product development, and scholarship, e.g., currently producing a new textbook, Biology of Ticks.
  • Ent 503 Insect Morphology and Physiology (4 hours)
  • ENT 791 Professional Development for Entomologists (2 hours)
  • Ent 591B Molecular Entomology (3 hours)
  • Seminars—Insect Toxicology and Physiology

Publications List
Dr. Roe's Mosquito Repellant Discovery