Sarjeet Gill Recognized by Entomological Society of America

Sarjeet Gill

Sarjeet Gill

Sarjeet Gill, a professor of cell biology and neuroscience and an entomologist in the Agricultural Experiment Station, has been selected by the Entomological Society of America for its Recognition Award in Insect Physiology, Biochemistry and Toxicology.

Sponsored by Apex Bait Technologies, Inc, the award recognizes and encourages outstanding extension, research, and teaching contributions in urban entomology.

Gill received his doctorate in insecticide toxicology from UC Berkeley and joined the Department of Entomology at UC Riverside in 1983. He helped established the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience and the Graduate Program of Environmental Toxicology, and served as chair of the department and director of the program. He is currently the editor of Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, a premier journal in entomology, and he co-edited the series Comprehensive Molecular Insect Science.

Gill’s laboratory has two principal research foci. The first area is to elucidate the mode of action of insecticidal toxins derived from the bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis. These toxins are active against agricultural pests and vectors of human diseases. More recently, his work involves the bacteria, Clostridium bifermantans. The aim of the research is to gain a molecular understanding of the toxins involved, and how these toxins interact with cellular targets. A second area of research focuses on understanding mosquito midgut and Malpighian tubules function, and changes that occur following a blood meal and how toxins affect these functions.

Gill is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has served on numerous grant review panels at the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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