Curriculum Vitae


Marten J. Edwards

Muhlenberg College

Biology Department

Allentown, PA, 18104


(484) 664-3252





1996    Ph.D.   Entomology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

                        Advisor:  Dr. Henry H. Hadegorn

                        Dissertation:  Vitelline envelope gene expression in Aedes aegypti Mosquitoes


1987    B.A.,    Biology, Reed College, Portland, OR



Professional Positions


2002-Present  Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA


            Assistant Professor, Biology Department


            Teaching:          Principles of Biology III (Biology 152)

                                    Cell Biology I (Biology 205)

                                    Cell Biology II (Biology 305)

                                    Entomology  (Biology 280)


            Research:         Molecular biology of mosquitoes and ticks             



1999-2002 Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH. 


            Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology


Teaching:          Introductory Cell Biology (Zoology 120)

Cell and Molecular Biology (Zoology 351)

Immunology (Zoology 356)

Molecular Vector Biology Seminar (Zoology 490)

Mosquito Molecular Biology: Research Tutorial (Zoology 190)


Research:         Molecular biology of mosquitoes


1997-1999       Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH


            National Institutes of Health: NSRA Post-Doctoral Fellow

            Department of Genetics, College of Medicine


                        Research:         Analysis of gene promoter activity in transgenic mosquitoes

                        Sponsor:            Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena


1998-1999       Case Western Reserve University, Department of Biology, Cleveland, OH. 


            Adjunct Instructor, Department of Biology


            Taught:             Physiology Lab (Biology 211)

                        Assisted:           Cell and Molecular Biology (two semesters) (Biology 210)



1997                University of Washington, Department of Zoology, Seattle, WA.


            Lecturer, Department of Zoology


                        Taught:             Entomology (Zoology 499)

                                                Entomology Lab (Zoology 498)


1990-1996       University of Arizona, Department of Entomology, Tucson, AZ. 


            Research Assistant


                  Analysis of hormonal regulation of gene expression in Yellow Fever mosquitoes.


            Teaching Assistant


Taught:             Insect Systematics Lab,

                        Insect Morphology Lab,

            Insect Physiology Lab

Assisted:           Entomology Lab



1989-1990       University of Alaska, Institute of Marine Science, Fairbanks, AK


Research Assistant


               Collected and identified invertebrate samples following Exxon Valdez oil spill. Supervised undergraduate students in field laboratory.


1987-1989       United States Peace Corps, Kingdom of Tonga, South Pacific


High School Science Teacher


                    Taught science, chemistry and biology to grades 7-12 at Takuilau College. Head of science department. Assisted science teachers with the introduction of a laboratory component into their science classes. Developed a plot of trees for the school with a grant from the Nitrogen Fixing Tree Association.





Ward TW , Jenkins MS, Afanasiev B, Edwards MJ, Duda BA, Suchman E, Jacobs-Lorena M, Beaty BJ, and Carlson JO (2001).  Aedes aegypti Transducing Densovirus Pathogenesis and Expression in Aedes aegypti  and Anopheles gambiae larvae.  Insect Molecular Biology. 10(5):397-405.


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


Edwards MJ and Jacobs-Lorena M (2000) Permeability and disruption of the peritrophic matrix and caecal membrane from Aedes aegypti and Anopheles gambiae mosquito larvae. J. Insect Physiol. 46:1313-1320.


Shen Z, Edwards MJ* and Jacobs-Lorena M (2000) A gut-specific serine protease from the malaria vector Anopheles gambiae is downregulated after blood ingestion. Insect Molec. Biol. 9(3): 223-230      * co-first author


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


Ghosh A, Edwards MJ and Jacobs-Lorena M (2000) The journey of the malaria parasite in the mosquito: hopes for the new century. Parasitology Today. 16(5): 196-201.


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


Greenstone MH and Edwards MJ (1998).  A DNA hybridization probe for endoparasitism by Microplitis cropeipes.  Ann. Ent. Soc. USA.  91(4):415-421.


Edwards MJ, Lemos FJA, Donnelly-Doman M and Jacobs-Lorena M (1997) Rapid induction by a blood meal of a carboxypeptidase gene in the gut of the mosquito Anopheles gambiae.    Insect Biochem. Mol. Biol.   27: 1063-1072.


Edwards MJ (1996).  The vitelline membranes of Aedes aegypti  and Drosophila melanogaster:  a comparative review. J. Inv. Reproduction. 30: 224-64.


Edwards MJ and Taylor MF (1993) Substitution of DMSO for DMF as a solvent for X-gal.  BioTechniques. 14(2): 234.


Lin Y, Hamblin MT, Edwards MJ, Barillas-Mury CB, Kanost MR, Knipple DC, Wolfner MF and Hagedorn HH (1993)  Structure, expression and hormonal control of genes from the mosquito, Aedes aegypti, which encode proteins similar to the vitelline membrane proteins of Drosophila melanogaster. Developmental Biology. 155: 558-568.


Palli SR, Osir EO, Eng W, Boehm MF, Edwards MJ, Kulscar P, Ujvary I, Hiruma K, Prestwich GD and Riddiford, LM (1990)  Juvenile hormone receptors in insect larval epidermis:  Identification by photoaffinity labeling. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. (USA).  87:  796-800.


Extramural Research Grants


2001-2004  National Institute of Health  $142,390


         Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA)

         Ovary-specific gene expression in transgenic mosquitoes


2001-2004   National Science Foundation  $129,750


         Major Research Instrumentation Grant (MRI)

         Acquisition of a Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope


2001   National Academies of Science  $6,800         


           Collaboration in Basic Science and Engineering Award (COBASE)   


           Molecular Biology of Disease Transmission by Ticks and Sandflies


Fellowships and Awards


National Institutes of Health (NIH) , NSRA Post-Doctoral Fellowship.   May 1997- 1999

L.A. Carruth Graduate Student Award,  College of Agriculture. University of Arizona, 1994.

MacArthur Foundation, Graduate Fellowship. University of Arizona.  1993 - 1995.

Presidents Award:  Entomological Society of America, Indianapolis, IN. 1993.

Marshall Foundation Graduate Fellowship,  Marshall Foundation.  Tucson AZ,  1992-3.

First prize: AAAS-SWARM division conference poster competition, Tucson, May 1992.

L.A. Carruth Graduate Student Award,  College of Agriculture,  University of Arizona, 1992

Graduate Scholarship,  University of Arizona Graduate College,  1992-1993.

Graduate Scholarship,  University of Arizona Graduate College,  1991-1992.

Nitrogen Fixing Tree Project Grant,  Nitrogen Fixing Tree Association, Waimanalo, Hawaii, 1989.

Commendation for Excellence in Scholarship,  Reed College, 1984-1985.


Invited Presentations


Lecture, 11th Annual Course on the Biology of Disease Vectors.

         Czech Academy of Science, Institute of Parasitology, Czech Republic.  June 7-21, 2001.

Kenyon College, Gambier, OH,  January 2001

Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, June 2000

Ohio University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens, OH, May 1999

Case Western Reserve University, Department of Geographic Medicine, April, 1999

   Case Western Reserve University, Department of Biology, September 1998

International Congress of Invertebrate Reproduction, Santa Cruz, CA. July 1996.


Manuscript Peer-Review


Insect Molecular Biology

Developmental Biology

Annals of the Entomological Society of America