Dr. Aaron Dossey holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Cum Laude with minors in Mathematics and Chemistry, is a professional self-taught Entomologist, Founding President of All Things Bugs LLC and inventor of GrioproTM cricket powder (www.cricketpowder.com). He has served as a postdoctoral associate at theUniversity of Florida and as a Research Entomologist with the USDA. His research involves developingtechnologies derived from insects and other invertebrates, with award winning research publicationsin the fields of entomology and chemistry.Dr. Dossey has research experience in the areas of: Molecular Biology, Food Science, OrganicChemistry, Entomology, Insect rearing and husbandry, insect farming, Natural Products Chemistry,natural product isolation and identification, Chemical Ecology, field biology, setting up a laboratory,Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. He has won over $750,000 in major research grants from the Bill and Melinda GatesFoundation, from the USDA developing insect farming and processing technologies as well as Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) for malnourished children. He also participated in the 2012 UN FAO expert consultation on the potential forinsects to contribute to human food security. Since, he has invented and patented technology forproduction of insect-based food ingredient products, and his company is already the world's largestin production and selling these products.Dr. Dossey is a frequent speaker at food science, nutrition, sustainability, and insect relatedconferences and is sought out for his unique expertise on this emerging industry. You can read more about Dr. Dossey's biography at: www.cricketpowder.com/about-us/ Dr. Morales' main expertise is in mass production of arthropods, insect nutritional ecology and thedevelopment of rearing methods and mechanization of rearing processes for beneficial arthropods.Between 1992 and 1998, he developed mass propagation technology for the boll weevil parasitoidCatolaccus grandis. This research earned him the USDA-ARS scientist of the year award in 2002.During 1998 and 2004 he developed termite and ant baiting systems. This research earned him theUSDA-ARS technology transfer award and the Federal Laboratory Consortium regional excellence intechnology transfer award in 2004. Since 2004, he has developed novel rearing methods forpredatory mites and other beneficial arthropods. This included new technology for separation ofmealworm sizes for infection with entomopathogenic nematodes, novel methods for mass producingTenebrio molitor, mechanized methods to pack T. molitor cadavers infected with nematodes, andmechanized methods for infecting T. molitor larvae with entomopathogenic nematodes. The work onthe in-vivo production of entomopathogenic nematodes using T. molitor earn him the NationalFederal laboratory Consortium award of excellence in technology transfer in 2013. Dr. Morales-Ramos has produced a total of 104 publications and 12 patents; his is currently the project leader ofthe project titled "Mass Production of Biological Control Agents". Dr. Morales-Ramos recently editedthe book titled "Mass production of Beneficial Organisms" published in January 2014 by Elsevier. Dr. Rojas' main expertise is in insect nutrition, nutritional ecology and the development of artificialdiets for biological control agents and bait matrixes to control termites and ants. Between 1993 to1998 she developed an artificial diet for the boll weevil parasitoid Catolaccus grandis. Between 1998and 2004, she developed bait matrices for control of the Formosan subterranean termite andhousehold ants, both of which were successfully commercialized by Ensystex and FMC, and still aresold world-wide. This work earned her the USDA-ARS technology transfer award and the FederalLaboratory Consortium regional excellence in technology transfer award in 2004. Since 2004, she hasdeveloped artificial diets for predatory mites and other insect predators and improved susceptibilityof Tenebrio molitor to entomopathogenic nematodes. The work on the in-vivo production ofentomopathogenic nematodes using T. molitor earned her the National Federal laboratory Consortium award of excellence in technology transfer in 2013. Dr. Rojas has produced a total of 99 publications and holds 12 patents, her current responsibilities include principal scientist on 3 different research agreements with 3 different companies including Syngenta Bioline, Kopert, and Monsanto. ". Dr. Rojas recently co-edited the book titled "Mass production of Beneficial Organisms" published in January 2014 by Elsevier.
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