Dr Trent Perry

Research interests

Insecticide biology, neurogenetics, parasitic biology of the blowfly

The focus of our research is to understand, safeguard and improve insect control strategies. Using both model and pest insects, we apply a mixture of genetics, 'omics' and molecular techniques such as CRISPR to interrogate:

  • Insecticide biology: determining how insecticides work, what the responses of insects are to acute and chronic exposures and how insects might become resistant
  • Neurogenetics: examining nicotinic acetylcholine receptor assembly and trafficking, how specific mutations impact receptor function and the role of these receptors in insect behaviour and development
  • Parasitic biology of the Australian sheep blowfly, Lucilia cuprina: understanding how flies detect their hosts, establish myiasis (flystrike) and evade host responses.

Research projects

  • Genetic analysis of neuronal circuits impacted by insecticides
  • Structural and functional studies on the nAChR subunits using domain swapping and CRISPR
  • Parasitic biology of the Australian sheep blowfly, Lucilia cuprina;

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