North Carolina State University - Program Of Genetics

Coby  Schal
Coby Schal
Program in Genetics


Blanton J. Whitmire Distinguished Professor of Entomology

Type: Faculty

PhD, University of Kansas-Lawrence

Contact Info
Office: 3107 Gardner Hall
T: 919-515-1821
Email: Coby

Website: Visit our Lab Home Page

Research Areas:

The Mission of the Schal Lab is to investigate the behavior, ecology, genetics and pest management strategies of insect pests to understand adaptive life history strategies and design targeted approaches to disrupt these adaptations. The group focuses much of its research on cockroaches and bed bugs, but collaboratively also investigates the chemical ecology, behavioral endocrinology, physiology and genetics of moths, mosquitoes, sand flies, ants, and termites. See Research Projects for more details.

Selected Publications:

Böröczky K, Wada-Katsumata A, Batchelor D, Zhukovskaya M, and Schal C. (2013). Insects groom their antennae to enhance olfactory acuity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA (online ahead of print).

Wada-Katsumata A, Silverman J, and Schal C. (2013). Changes in taste neurons support the emergence of a new adaptive behavior. Science (in press, May 24 publication).

Eliyahu D, Nojima S, Santangelo RG, Carpenter S, Webster FX, Kiemle DJ, Gemeno C, Leal WS, and Schal C. (2012). An unusual macrocyclic lactone sex pheromone of Parcoblatta lata, a primary food source of the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 109:E490–E496.

Booth W, Santangelo RG, Vargo EL, Mukha DV, and Schal C. (2011). Population genetic structure in German cockroaches (Blattella germanica): Differentiated islands in an agricultural landscape. Journal of Heredity. 102:175–183.

Kapelinskaya T, Martynova E, Schal C, and Mukha D. (2011). Expression strategy of densonucleosis virus from the German cockroach, Blattella germanica. Journal of Virology. 85:11855–11870.

Mukha DV, Mysina V, Mavropulo V, and Schal C. (2011). Structure and molecular evolution of the ribosomal DNA external transcribed spacer in the cockroach genus Blattella. Genome. 54:222–234.

Gould F, Estock M, Hillier NK, Powell B, Groot AT, Ward CM, Emerson JL, Schal C, and Vickers NJ. (2010). Sexual isolation of male moths explained by a single pheromone response QTL containing four receptor genes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 107:8660–8665.

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