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Ameya D Gondhalekar

Entomology 

  • Research Assistant Professor Entomology
765.494.3839

Education:

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

 

Professional experience:

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

 

Lab Research:

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.


Lab members:

Current students

Aaron Ashbrook: MS program (bed bug insecticide resistance)

James Feston: MS program (potential of ozone gas for bed bug management)

Lab technicians

Mahmoud Nour (bed bug rearing and IPM)

Jesse Hoteling (cockroach rearing, > 10 species)

Graduate committees

Aaron Myers: MS program (cockroach tergal gland biology)

Yanlin Tian: MS program (ozone for cockroach control)

Awards & Honors

(2014) James Feston (MS Student) received ESA Presidents award for first place in poster presentation. Entomological Society of America.

Selected Publications

Wang, C. W., Saltzmann, K. D., Gondhalekar, A. D., Gibb, T. J., & Bennett, G. W. (2014). Building-wide bed bug management. Pest Control Technology, 42: 70-74. Retrieved from http://www.pctonline.com/pct0314-building-wide-bed-bug-programs.aspx

Gondhalekar, A. D., Saran, R. K., Scherer, C. W., & Scharf, M. E. (2013). ), Implementation of an indoxacarb susceptibility monitoring program using field-collected German cockroach isolates from the United States. Journal of Economic Entomology, 106, 945-953. Retrieved from http://www.bioone.org/doi/pdf/10.1603/EC12384

Gondhalekar, A. D., & Scharf, M. E. (2013). Preventing Resistance to Bait Products. Pest Control Technology, 41: 42-47. Retrieved from http://www.pctonline.com/pct0713-preventing-resistance-bait-products.aspx

Gondhalekar, A. D., & Scharf, M. E. (2012). Fipronil resistance mechanisms in a multi-resistant field strain of the German cockroach (Blattodea: Blattellidae).. Journal of Medical Entomology, 49, 122-131. Retrieved from http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1603/ME11106

Tiwari, S., Gondhalekar, A. D., Mann, R., Scharf, M. E., & Stelinski, L. (2011). Characterization of five Cyp4 genes from Asian citrus psyllid and their expression levels in Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus-infected and uninfected psyllids.. Insect Molecular Biology, 20, 733-744. Retrieved from http://swfrec.ifas.ufl.edu/hlb/database/pdf/00002893.pdf

Gondhalekar, A. D., & Song, C. (2011). Development of strategies for monitoring indoxacarb and gel bait susceptibility in the German cockroach, Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Blattellidae).. Pest Management Science, 67, 262-270. Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ps.2057/abstract