Gregory Pask Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
B.S. Biochemistry, Muhlenberg College, 2008
Ph.D. Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University, 2013
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Entomology, University of California, Riverside, 2013-2015
My broad interests are in understanding insect sensory systems to manipulate the behaviors of both beneficial and pest insects. In particular, my research uses molecular techniques to investigate the function of the receptors used in insect olfactory systems (sense of smell). Past research using the malaria vector mosquito, Anopheles gambiae, has led to the discovery of a compound (VUAA1) that may prove to be a powerful insect repellent in the future. My recent research has focused on the molecular receptors for social recognition in an ant species, Harpegnathos saltator.
BIOL 195 Breaking Bugs: Managing Insect Pests
BIOL 220 Genetics
BIOL 221 Genetics Lab
BIOL 297 Topics in Biology: Blood, Sex, Sugar, Bugs
BIOL 396 Receptor Pharmacology and Physiology
Pask GM, Ray A. Insect Olfactory Receptors: An Interface Between Chemistry and Biology. Chapter in Chemosensory Transduction: Detection of Odor, Taste and other Chemostimuli. 2015 in press
Kumar BN, Taylor RW, Pask GM, Zwiebel LJ, Newcomb RD, Christie DL. A Conserved Aspartic Acid Is Important for Agonist (VUAA1) and Odorant/Tuning Receptor-Dependent Activation of the Insect Odorant Co-Receptor (Orco). PLOS ONE, 2013 8 (7): e70218
Pask GM, Bobkov YV, Corey EA, Ache BW, Zwiebel LJ. Blockade of Insect Odorant Receptors with Amiloride Derivatives. Chem Senses. 2013 38 (3): 221-229.
Pask GM, Romaine IM, Zwiebel LJ. The Molecular Receptive Range of a Lactone Receptor in Anopheles gambiae. Chemical Senses. 2013 Jan;38(1):19-25.
Jones PL, Pask GM, Romaine IM, Taylor RW, Reid PR, Waterson AG, Sulikowski GA, Zwiebel LJ. Allosteric Antagonism of Insect Odorant Receptor Ion Channels. PLoS ONE, 2012,7 (1): e30304
Pask GM, Jones PL, Rützler M, Rinker DC, Zwiebel LJ. Heteromeric Channels of Anopheline Odorant Receptors Exhibit Distinct Channel Properties. PLoS ONE, 2011, 6 (12): e28774
Jones PL*, Pask GM*, Rinker DC, Zwiebel LJ. Functional Agonism of Insect Odorant Receptor Ion Channels. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 2011 May 24, 108 (21): 8821-8825
Bohbot JD*, Jones PL*, Wang G*, Pitts RJ, Pask GM, Zwiebel LJ. Conservation of Indole Responsive Odorant Receptors in Mosquitoes Reveals an Ancient Olfactory Trait. Chemical Senses, 2011 Jan;36(2): 149-60.