Biology Department


Martin Edwards Marten J. Edwards

New Science Building 207

2004 Brood X Cicadas (choose from menu below)

Supplemental Tables for Edwards et al. (2015) Lehigh Valley Tick-Borne Pathogens (choose from menu below)


B.A. Biology, Reed College
Peace Corps, Kingdom of Tonga
Ph.D. Entomology, University of Arizona NIH
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Genetics, Case Western Reserve University

Courses Taught

Principles of Biology III (BIO 152)
Cell Biology I (BIO 205)
Cell Biology II (BIO 405)
Entomology (BIO 242)

Research Interests

The Edwards Lab is researching the molecular interface between mosquitoes and pathogens that cause human diseases. Using molecular techniques, they are introducing foreign genes into the mosquito genome with the aim of blocking the transmission of LaCrosse Virus, the leading cause of viral pediatric encephalitis in the United States. Antiviral genes have been spliced into a “jumping gene” called PiggyBac, which is capable of inserting itself into mosquito chromosomes. Students gain experience in several recombinant DNA techniques, DNA sequencing and PCR, while being personally involved in a cutting-edge research funded by the National Institutes of Health.


Nouzova M, Edwards MJ, Mayoral J and Noriega FJ (2011) A coordinated expression of genes encoding biosynthetic enzymes regulates the flux of juvenile hormone precursors in the corpora allata of mosquitoes. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 41(9) 660-669.

John R. Cooley, Gene Kritsky, Marten J. Edwards, John D. Zyla, David C. Marshall, Kathy B. R. Hill, Gerry Bunker, Mike Neckermann, Roy Troutman, Jin Yoshimura, Chris Simon. (2011) Periodical cicadas (Magicicada spp.): A GIS-based map of Broods XIV in 2008 and “XV” in 2009. American Entomologist 57(3) 144-150.

Edwards MJ, Faivre AE, Crist R, Sitvarin M and Zyla J (2005) Spatial distribution of 2005  Brood-X 17 year periodical cicadas in Pennsylvania.  Entomological  News.

Moreira LA, Edwards MJ, Adhami F Jasinskiene N, James AA and Jacobs-Lorena, M (2000) Robust gut-specific gene expression in transgenic Aedesaegypti mosquitoes. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. (USA). 97(20): 10895-10898.

Edwards MJ, Moskalyk LA, Donelly-Doman M, Vlaskova M, Noriega FG, Walker VK and Jacobs-Lorena M (2000) Characterization of a carboxypeptidase A gene from the mosquito, Aedes aegypti. Insect Molec. Biol. 9(1): 33-38

Edwards MJ, Severson DW and Hagedorn HH (1998) Vitelline envelope Vitelline envelope genes of the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti.Insect Biochem. Mol. Biol. 28: 915-925.