It is my pleasure to announce that Dr. Jeffrey Bloomquist (BS '78) has been selected to receive the 2009 John V. Osmun Alumni Professional Achievement Award in Entomology.
Dr. Bloomquist did his M.S. degree at Mississippi State University with Dan Shankland, and his Ph.D. at UC Riverside with Tom Miller before accepting a faculty position at Virginia Tech in 1989 where he is professor of entomology. His research program is focused on the interactions of ligand molecules with protein receptors found on cell membranes. This includes work on modes of action and neurotoxicity of synthetic insecticides, natural toxins, and drugs; mechanisms of resistance to insecticides and nematicides; and expression and function of membrane transporters for neurotransmitters. His current work has applications in the control of malarial mosquito vectors, and the role of chronic insecticide exposure as a cause of Parkinson’s disease. He teaches insecticide toxicology and insect physiology, has 82 publications (book chapters, proceedings chapters, reviews, patents, and refereed journal articles), 70 invited presentations, 92 volunteered presentations, and has advised 4 M.S., 6 Ph.D. students and 8 postdocs. You can find more information about Dr. Bloomquist on his website located here.
The Osmun Award ceremony this year will be on Friday, October 2nd.