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 the impacts of insecticides, how insects adapt to their use and to identify genes that could lead to the development of novel insect control strategies;

  • 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 the brain circuits that insecticides act upon to kill insects
  • Characterising the role nicotinic acetylcholine receptors play in insect behaviour and development
  • Understanding odour detection and its involvement in host-seeking behaviour of the Australian sheep blowfly, Lucilia cuprina;
  • Investigating the potential for a native fungal species to control Australian sheep blowfly (with Dr Alexander Idnurm)
  • Identifying genes that are critical for parasitic life stages of the Australian sheep blowfly, Lucilia cuprina;

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