Molen (Molecular Entomology) Lab. was founded in 2014 at the Dept. of Plant Protection Ankara University upon start of Dr. Umut Toprak as an Assistant Professor at the same department. The lab. is equipped with basic and advanced molecular instruments to conduct all types of molecular analysis. We mostly deal with insect physiology, biochemistry and pathology.
The primary research projects at MOLEN Lab. are on insect digestive system, insect pathology & immunity, insect lipid metabolism and development of molecular and microbial tools targeting insect physiological systems for pest control. Most of the side projects are related to molecular insect diagnosis. Some of our collaborators are Dwayne Hegedus’s Lab at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada; Dr. David Heckel’s Lab at Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany; Dr. Guy Smagghe’s Lab at Ghent University, Belgium; Dr. Russel Groves Lab at University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA; Dr. Charlotte Foerster’s Lab at Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg, Germany; and Dr. Kazım Sezen’s Lab at Karadeniz Technical University, Turkey.
We are an enthusiastic group of people who love to study the fascinating world of insects. We are opened to new collaborations. Please contact us if you have an entomological idea and would like to accompany us in this exciting journey!