Dr. Umut Toprak is an Associate Professor of Entomology at the Ankara University. Umut completed his PhD at the University of Saskatchewan, Dept. of Biology, Canada in 2011. During his career, he has been to various research institutes as a visiting research scientist such as Purdue University, Iowa State University and Christian Albrechts University. He started at Ankara University as an Assistant Professor in 2014 and current lead the Molecular Entomology lab which he founded. Umut had a grant total of 700,000 USD since he started his Professional career at Ankara University.
Umut’s expertise is molecular insect physiology & biochemistry, in particular insect midgut & peritrophic matrices, insect defense physiology against baculoviruses and Bacillus thuringiensis and insect lipid metabolism. His ultimate goal is to develop innovative pest control strategies targeting insect physiological systems. Umut published 30 peer-reviewed articles which have been cited over 900 times. His articles have been published in the Annual Review of Entomology, as well as in various prestigous entomology and molecular biology journals including Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Insect Molecular Biology, Journal of Insect Physiology, Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology, Frontiers in Physiology, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Umut is also a coauthor of a chapter in a book on insect genomics and proteomics published in 2017 by Springer. Umut is also recipient of various awards such as the Early Career Award-2016 (Ankara University), the Early Career Award-2014 (The Union of the Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects), Mauro E. Martignoni Award-2010 (Society for Invertebrate Pathology), Pest Management Research Award-2010 (Canadian Society of Agronomy), and Arthur R. Brooks Award-2008 (Entomological Society of Saskatchewan).
Umut is also an active member of the international scientific society. He is an active member of Entomological Society of America, Society for Invertebrate Pathology, Entomological Society of Turkey and Insect Genetic Technology Research Coordination Network. He currently serves as the regional ambassador of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology. He has given many invited talks in international platforms such as Harvard University, Michigan State University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Western Michigan University, Purdue University, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, University of Saskatchewan, University of Wisconsin, Platteville and Pennsylvania State University.
Umut served as the organizer & chair of various international events such as the Section Symposiums “From Fat to Fact: Recent Insights on Insect Lipid Metabolism” at the Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, St Louis, USA, November 17-20 (2019), “The multiple layers of Host-Pathogens Interactions”, at the Annual Meeting of Society for Invertebrate Pathgology, Valencia, Spain, July 28 – August 1 (2019), “The Peritrophic Matrix: From Past to Future” at the Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Denver, USA, November 5-8 (2017), “1st International Molecular Plant Protection Congress”, Adana, Turkey, April 10-13 (2019), and 5th International Entomopathogens and Microbial Control Congress, Ankara, Turkey, September 9-11 (2015). Umut is currently Steering Committee Member of XII European Congress of Entomology-ECE 2022, which will be held in Hersonissos Crete, Greece, October 17-21, 2022.
Umut’s editorial responsibilities included being an Editor in Chief in the Journal of Agricultural Sciences, an international peer-reviewed journal indexed in ISI Thompson Reuters, Elsevier-Scopus, Science Citation Index Expanded Journal List (2015-2017); as well as special issue (SI) editorships in the Journal of Insect Physiology, Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology, and Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Umut currently leads the special issue “From Fat to Fact: Recent Insights on Insect Lipid Metabolism” with Laura Musselman (Binghamton University, State University of New York, USA) in Insect Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, which is planned to be published in Dec, 2020. He also serves as the special issue editor of “Molecular insights into Insect Physiological Systems” in Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology, which is in process and planned to be published in January 2020 Issue (Volume 103) of the journal. Another special issue led by Umut “The Peritrophic Matrix: From Past to Future” (Eds: Toprak, U., Wang, P., Smagghe, G.) is in the Journal of Insect Physiology and was recently completed. The SI is currently online in Volume 119, November-December 2019, 103947,