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Entomology Research

Addressing threats from insect vectors and pathogens

Addressing threats from insect vectors and pathogens

Insect vectors and the pathogens they transmit pose a substantial dual threat to agricultural productivity and global food security. Research of The Gadhave Lab — located at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Amarillo — aims to develop novel tools and strategies that can be integrated into current pest and disease management programs by addressing fundamental biological questions intersecting pathogenesis and insect transmission of phytopathogens.

Our lab strives to achieve this goal by conducting inter-disciplinary research in three key areas:

Fundamental research

Developing new understanding of the mechanisms that drive the tri-trophic plant-vector-pathogen interactions

Applied research

Elucidating how certain biotic and abiotic factors influence plant health, crop production and protection

Translational research

Innovating pest & disease management solutions based on fundamental and applied research outcomes

Entomology Research team

Kiran Gadhave, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Entomology, Principal Investigator

Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M University Department of Entomology


Find a complete listing of publications by Dr. Gadhave’s lab at TAMU Scholars online

Saurabh Gautam, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Ph.D., Entomology, University of Georgia, M.S., Entomology, Cornell University

Benjamin Herron

Technician II

B.S., Plant Science, Utah State University

Cassidy Jagers

Undergraduate Researcher

Agricultural Education, West Texas A&M University ’25

Senthilraja Chinnaiah, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Ph.D., Plant Pathology, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, M.S., Plant Pathology, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University

Tyler Schneider

Undergraduate Researcher

Crop & Soil Sciences, West Texas A&M University ’24

Ongoing Research

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Information for Prospective Postdocs and Students

Postdoctoral Researchers

Our lab is interested in recruiting skilled and talented Ph.D. scholars from diverse cultural and research backgrounds and in supporting postdoctoral training to become independent investigators. Please reach out to Dr. Gadhave for prospective postdoctoral opportunities.

Undergraduate Students

Our lab provides plenty of excellent opportunities for undergraduates to obtain research experience in multiple areas, from lab to field research and from designing experiments to analyzing data. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Gadhave as soon as possible, as opportunities are limited.

Graduate Students

Dr. Gadhave is interested in advising masters and Ph.D. students in any areas of insect vector biology. Because of the off-campus location of the Gadhave Lab and the relatively short duration of the master’s degree, prospective master’s students are encouraged to enroll at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, which is a part of The Texas A&M University System.

Ph.D. students, however, should enroll with the Texas A&M University Department of Entomology in College Station, for year 1 & 2 coursework, completing Ph.D. labwork in The Gadhave Lab.

Students of The Gadhave Lab will be broadly trained in molecular biology, entomology, and virology, typically within laboratory, greenhouse, and in-field research components. Dr. Gadhave strives toward supportive mentorship in addition to providing broad multidisciplinary training. Students are strongly encouraged to attend department seminars, to develop interpersonal skills, and to write grant applications.

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