Kiran Gadhave, Ph.D., is the new entomologist for Texas A&M AgriLife Research at Amarillo. He is an assistant professor within Texas A&M’s Department of Entomology with a multidisciplinary background in conducting basic, applied and translational research in insect vector-plant virus and plant-microbe interactions.
He earned his doctorate in microbial ecology/entomology from the University of London, a master’s in plant breeding and genetics from Cornell University, and a master’s in entomology from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University.
Prior to coming to Texas, Gadhave was a research scientist in the Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology at the University of California, Riverside. His previous work at multiple premier research institutes focused on developing and evaluating novel tools and strategies for managing insect pests, insect vectors and the diseases they transmit in multiple pathosystems.
His current research involves studying the transmission biology of economically important pathogens and their insect vectors in the Texas High Plains.
The overarching goal of his program with AgriLife Research is to develop novel, long-term and sustainable pest and disease management tools and strategies to increase agricultural productivity and enhance food security.