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Michael E Scharf


  • Professor and O.W. Rollins/Orkin Chair

Awards & Honors

(2016) 5-yr Renewal of Orkin/Rollins Endowed Chair.

Selected Publications

Sandoval-Mojica, A., & Scharf, M. E. (2016). Gut genes associated with the peritrophic matrix in Reticulitermes flavipes: Identification and characterization. Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology, 90(2), 89-103.

Gondhalekar, A. D., Silva, I., Nakayasu, E., Cooper, B. R., & Scharf, M. E. (2016). Indoxacarb biotransformation in the German cockroach. Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology, 134, 14-23.

Peterson, B. F., & Scharf, M. E. (2016). Metatranscriptome analysis reveals bacterial symbiont contributions to lower termite physiology and potential immune functions. BMC Genomics, 17(1), 772.

Sandoval-Mojica, A., & Scharf, M. E. (2016). Silencing gut genes associated with the peritrophic matrix of Reticulitermes flavipes increases susceptibility to termiticides. 25(6), 734-744.

Sethi, A., Karl, Z. J., & Scharf, M. E. (2016). Digestion of termiticide bait matrices by the pest termite Reticulitermes flavipes. Journal of Economic Entomology, 109, 982-986.

Karl, Z., & Scharf, M. (2015). Effects of five diverse lignocellulose diets on digestive enzyme biochemistry in the gut of the termite Reticulitermes flavipes. Archives of insect Biochemistry and Physiology, 90(2), 89-103. Retrieved from;jsessionid=756E36757FCF5F04A654B6C4757F83F9.f04t03

Benoit, J. B. (2016). Unique features of a global human ectoparasite identified through sequencing of the bed bug genome. Nature Communications, 7, 10165. doi: 10.1038/ncomms10165 (2016)

Rajarapu, S., Shreve, J., Bhide, K., Thimmapuram, J., & Scharf, M. (2015). Metatranscriptomic profiles of Eastern subterranean termites fed on second generation feedstocks. Bmc Genomics, 16, 332. Retrieved from

Sen, R., Raychoudhury, R., Cai, Y., Sun, Y., Lietze, V., Peterson, B., . . . Boucias, D. (2015). Molecular signatures of nicotinoid-pathogen synergy in the termite gut. Plos One, 10(4), e0123391. Retrieved from

Scharf, M. (2015). Omic research in termites: an overview and a roadmap. Frontiers in Genetics, 6, 76. Retrieved from

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