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Jozef Vanden Broeck

Jozef Vanden Broeck
Naamsestraat 59 - box 2465
3000 Leuven
room: 00.08

tel: +32 16 32 39 78 or +32163 30283
fax: +32163 23902

This research group is investigating the physiological role and biochemical/biophysical mode of action of neural and endocrine messenger molecules in developmental processes of insects. These processes are studied in an evolutionary context by comparative approaches. Our major aim is to unravel the cellular and organismal physiological mechanisms implicated in the regulation of important post-embryonic developmental processes, such as growth and reproduction, as well as the remarkable phase polyphenism that can be observed in locust species. In particular, we are specialized in the study of receptors for neuropeptides and biogenic amines and their signal transduction pathways in insect cells. We are also investigating the mechanisms of systemic RNA interference in insects. In addition, application-oriented research is carried out to explore novel strategies for pest control and to efficiently convert organic waste products into biomass via insects (e.g. Chitinsect, Insects4Food). 

Selected publications