Institute for Integrative Genome Biology


Brian FedericiBrian Federici, A.

Distinguished Professor of Entomology, Emeritus

Mailing Address:

Entomology /324
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521

Phone: (951) 827-5006
Fax: (951) 827-3086
Email: brian.federici@ucr.edu


PhD 1970 University of Florida
MS 1967 University of Florida
BS 1966 Rutgers University

College/Division Affiliation:

College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Center/Inst Affiliation(s):

Center for Disease Vector Researchj

Areas Of Expertise:

Bacillus thuringiensis; Baculoviruses; Medical Entomology; Genetic Engineering of Bacteria and Viruses

Awards / Honors:

2008  Pacific Branch Entomological Society of America C. W. Woodworth Award
2005  Academic Senate Faculty Research Lecturer Award
2004  Founder's Lecturer Award, Society for Invertebrate Pathology
2003  USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service Award
2002-present  Distinguished Professor, University of California, Riverside
2001-09  Editorial Board, Applied and Environmental Microbiology
2001-06  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Scientific Advisory Panel on Bt Crops
2000  Founders' Memorial Research Lecturer, Society for Invertebrate Pathology
2998-08  Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
1996-98  President, Society for Invertebrate Pathology
1997  AAAS Fellow (American Association for the Advancement of Science)
1997-98  Griswold Lecturer, Cornell University
1984-98  World Health Organization, Expert Committee on Vector Biology and Control
1991  National Distinguished Teaching Award, Entomological Society of America
1989  Distinguished Teaching Award, Academic Senate, UC Riverside

Research Summary:

My research focuses on the basic biology and development of insect pathogens that show promise for use as control agents in ecologically sound IPM programs aimed at managing major insect crop pests and vectors of human and animal diseases. Current research emphasizes studies of two types of insect pathogens, (1) Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), a bacterium that kills insects via one or more insecticidal proteins, and (2) insect baculoviruses and ascoviruses, large double-stranded DNA viruses that attack many economically important insects. Studies of these insect pathogens are aimed at development of a better understanding of their basic biology, with the ultimate objective being to improve the efficacy of wild-type and recombinant organisms to control insect pests and vectors of disease. Our studies on B. thuringiensis focus on genetic engineering of recombinant bacterial insecticides and insecticidal protein combinations that can be used to delay resistance to bacterial insecticides and Bt crops. In addition, more recent research includes the development of molecular methods to control sucking insect pests directly through crop plants such as cotton and grapes.

Related Press Releases:

Selected Publications:

List of publications from PubMed

Lab Personnel: 

Bideshi, Dennis
Specialist — Genetic engineering of insecticidal bacteria
Wirth, Margaret
Staff Research Associate —


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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Genomics Information

Institute of Integrative Genome Biology
2150 Batchelor Hall

Tel: (951) 827-7177
E-mail: Aurelia Espinoza, Managing Director