2011 PhD Entomology - University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
2005 MS Entomology - MPKV Agricultural University, Pune, India
2003 BS Agricultural Sciences - BSKKV Agricultural University, Dapoli, India
2013–present: Research Assistant Professor and Sponsored Product Research Manager, Department of Entomology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.
2011–2012: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Entomology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (PI: Dr. M. E. Scharf)
2007–2011: Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, Entomology and Nematology Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (PI: Dr. M. E. Scharf)
2005–2006: Project Research Assistant, Division of Biochemical Sciences, National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune, India
2003–2005: Graduate Research Assistant, Section of Entomology, College of Agriculture (MPKV University), Pune, India
My research focuses on basic biology and integrated management of indoor urban insects (viz., cockroaches and bed bugs).
Research on basic biology of indoor urban pests concentrates on understanding various aspects of nutritional, reproductive, developmental and stress-response physiology. I follow a multidisciplinary approach that utilizes multitude of techniques in molecular biology, biochemistry, analytical chemistry and basic entomology. The ultimate goal of the basic biology research is to identify physiological weak links in insect development that can be targeted to improve current control strategies or devise novel control methods.
Research on urban insect management focuses on insecticide resistance in urban insects and integrated pest management (IPM). I am interested in identifying the mechanisms of insecticide resistance in urban insects with an overall goal of finding new ways to overcome insecticide resistance. For urban IPM, I evaluate various chemical (insecticide) and non-chemical (ozone, heat and cold treatment) control strategies for integration into cockroach and bed bug IPM programs. The long-term goals of this research are to reduce pesticide use in urban environments, develop non-chemical technologies for use in urban IPM and improve current IPM techniques.