Sheng Yang joins the lab from Durham University

Photograph of Sheng Yang


Sheng Yang received his doctoral degree in May 2015 from Durham University, England, where he worked on insecticidal fusion proteins under the guidance of Dr. John A. Gatehouse. Sheng received his MS degree in Molecular Plant Biology from Shanghai Normal University, China. Sheng is working on modification of Bt toxins for optimized pest control.

Shunji Li joins the lab

Photograph of Shunji Li



Shunji Li arrived from China to join the lab as a graduate student in Entomology. Shunji completed her MS degree at Hunan Agricultural University on the effect of Heliothis virescens ascovirus 3h on host development. Shunji is working on insect-virus interactions.

Ben Deist graduates!

Congratulations to Ben Deist who graduated with a Masters degree in Microbiology in May.

Photograph of the 8 members of Bonning's lab including Ben Desit with Sports Cy

Mike Rausch graduates!

Photograph of the 12 members of Bonning's lab including Mike Rausch with Graduation Cy


Congratulations to Michael Rausch who graduated with a Masters degree in Microbiology in December.

CAMTech flies ISU

Photograph of Bryony Bonning, Janice Seibel, Purushottam Lomate, Mariah Kemmerer and others with ISU plane


September 2014: The ISU CAMTech team flew on one of the ISU planes to the Industry Advisory Board meeting in Lexington, KY in September.


Biviana Flores-Escobar joins the lab

September 2014: Biviana Flores-Escobar joined the lab in September to work on modification of Bt toxins to target pests with low toxin susceptibility.

Mariah Kemmerer joins the lab

Mariah Kemmerer joined the lab to conduct research toward a doctoral degree in Microbiology. During her B.S. degree at Bethany College in West Virginia, she conducted research on whether Pseudomonas aeruginosa could be used to determine the metastatic potential of tumor cells. 

Yuting Chen joins the lab from Ohio State

February 2014. Yuting Chen joins the lab to work as a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on insect virus discovery. Yuting graduated in December 2013 with a Ph.D. from Ohio State University, where she was supervised by Dr. Andy Michel. Her dissertation research was on the molecular interactions and transmission of maize fine streak virus and its insect vector.

Divya Sinha joins the lab

November 2013. Divya Sinha joins the lab as a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on aphid - plant virus molecular interactions. Divya graduated with a Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the lab of Dr. Michael Shogren-Knaak, in the Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Iowa State University in May 2013.

Bonning awarded 2013 Nan-Yao Su Award for Innovation and Creativity in Entomology

Sept. 11, 2013.

NAN-YAO SU AWARD FOR INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY IN ENTOMOLOGY—Each year this award is given to an Entomological Society of America member who is able to demonstrate through his/her projects or accomplishments an ability to identify problems and develop creative, alternative solutions that significantly impact entomology. For more information, see the ESA web site.


NSF I/UCRC CAMTech - Launch Announced

August 2013. The National Science Foundation has funded an industry-university cooperative research center that will explore new strategies for managing insect pests that devastate crops and harm human health.Image of CAMTech logo

Bonning named ESA Fellow

Photograph of ESA president Rob Wiedenmann and Bryony Bonning


Annapolis, MD; July 31, 2013 -- The Governing Board of the Entomological Society of America elected ten new Fellows of the Society for 2013. The election as a Fellow acknowledges outstanding contributions to entomology in one or more of the following: research, teaching, extension, or administration. See the ESA web site for full details.

Bonning, Palli visit USDA

Photograph of S. Reddy Palli, Sonny Ramaswamy and Bryony Bonning

October 2012. Bryony Bonning and S. Reddy Palli met with Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, the director of the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture in Washington DC to discuss the proposed NSF Industry / University Cooperative Research Center, the Center for Arthropod Management Technologies. As a fellow entomologist, Dr. Ramaswamy was particularly interested in the proposed center as a mechanism to streamline research within academia with the needs of the agricultural industry sector.

Plant Science Faculty with covers highlighted

Photograph of Plant Sciences faculty with journal covers

April, 2011. Five faculty members working within the Plant Sciences Institute at Iowa State University and whose work was featured on journal covers. Bonning is holding the journal of Virology in which Wendy Sparks' dissertation research on baculovirus ODV proteins is featured.​

ISU researchers study insecticide-free method for control of soybean aphids

Sept. 15, 2009 - ISU researchers study insecticide-free method for control of soybean aphids

AMES, Iowa - Two Iowa State University researchers are examining a new method of controlling soybean aphids without the use of chemical pesticides.

Bryony Bonning, professor of entomology, and Allen Miller, professor of plant pathology and director of the Center for Plant Responses to Environmental Stresses, are looking at a way to genetically modify soybeans to prevent damage from aphids.

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