Curriculum Vitae

Aaron T. Dossey, Ph.D.

2211 Snapper Ln
Midwest City, OK 73130
Cell Phone: 352-281-3643
Email Address: Aaron.T.Dossey@allthingsbugs.com
Web Pages: Cricket PowderAll Things Bugs

EDUCATION

Degrees:
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – August 2006
Dissertation: “Detailed Analysis of FMRFamide-Like Neuropeptides and Other Natural Products by NMR and Bioinformatics

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Cum Laude – May 2001
Areas of Concentration: Molecular Biology, Protein Structure, Enzymology
Minors: Mathematics, Chemistry
Honors Thesis: “Exploration of Kinetics of Several Dehydrogenases Both in the Presence and Absence of Others and the Possibility of Physical Associations”

Workshops and Other Training:

Write Winning Grant Proposals“; University of Florida, IFAS, March 19, 2012

Food + Health Entrepreneurship Academy; University of California Davis; Davis, CA; February 5-10, 2012.

SBIR Workshop; Florida Innovation Hub, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; all day; October 20, 2011.

Applying to the NIH SBIR Phase I Program for First-Time Applicants; Online from the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer; 2-night sections; October 19-20, 2011.

Workshop on Molecular Evolution; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Marine Biology Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA; August 2004.

Summer course work toward BS degree; Rose State College, Midwest City, OK; Summer 2000.

POSITIONS HELD

Founder/President; Invertebrate Studies Institute; Midwest City, OK; November 2017 – PRESENT.

Founder/Owner; All Things Bugs; Gainesville, FL, USA; July 2011 – PRESENT.

Research Entomologist; United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agriculture Research Service (ARS), Gainesville, FL, USA; July 17, 2010 – July 17, 2012.

Postdoctoral Research Associate; Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA; September 2006 – 2010.

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Editors’ Choice Award for “Best Paper”, Entomological Society of America
2010
  • International Society of Chemical Ecology (ISCE) Conference Travel Award
2008
  • NSF “Pan American Advanced Studies Institute” (PASI) Fellowship
2008
  • Jack L. Beal Award for “Best Paper by Young Investigator” in Journal of Natural Products
2007
  • Scholarship toward Tuition Awarded (Woods Hole MBL)
August 2005
  • Student Travel Award – Experimental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Conference (ENC)
2004
  • Grinter Fellowship (UF)
2001-2004
  • Outstanding Senior Award from the Department of Biochemistry (OSU)
2001
  • Lew Wentz Foundation Research Project Fellowship (OSU)
2000-2001
  • Freshman Research Scholar’s Program (OSU)
1996-1997

GRANTS AND FUNDING

(OVER $4.1 MILLION TO DATE)

PATENTS

PUBLICATIONS

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Submitted:

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SELECTED MEDIA AND PRESS

COLLABORATIONS

Current and Ongoing:

JOURNALS REVIEWED

JOURNAL COVERS

MEETINGS AND PRESENTED WORK

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)
2014-present
  • Sigma Xi
2009-2011
  • Entomological Society of America
2008-2016
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
2008-2013
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
2008-2011
  • International Society of Chemical Ecology (ISCE)
2008-2011
  • Phasmid Study Group (England, UK)
2008-present
  • Alachua County Democratic Executive Committee
2008-2013
  • Union of Concerned Scientists
2008-2012
  • Oklahoma State University Alumni Association
2003-2011

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Gainesville Energy Advisory Committee (GEAC) 2007-2010

OUTREACH AND EDUCATION

RELATED EXPERIENCE

Southern Texas – Big Bend National Park and several state parks
Research Field Expedition – Collection and Study of the several stick insect species. September 2009
Collecting, photography, and observation expedition with one of the world’s leading team of experts (Oskar V. Conle and Frank H. Hennemann from Germany) on stick insects. I applied for and obtained permits for the national and state parks, collected specimens for molecular phylogenetic analysis (DNA) and took photographs. I also applied for USDA live insect transport permits for this collaboration.

Gainesville and Ocala National Forest, Florida
Collaboration – Anisomorpha buprestoides – Nature Filming October 2008
Several days helping a BBC Natural History Unit filming crew take high-speed high-definition video of the defensive chemical spraying mechanism of A. buprestoides – film to appear on the BBC series “Life” in Fall, 2009.

California Institute of Technology
Training in Techniques – Caenorhabditis elegans – culture and experimental Summer 2005
Two week summer training in the lab of Prof. Paul Sternberg in C. elegans culture, worm transfer techniques, chemotaxis and other bioassays, worm video tracking, and general worm behavior observation.

South Florida, Florida Keys, and the Dry Tortugas
Research Field Expedition – Collection and Study of the walkingstick insect Aplopus mayeriSept. 2007
Research was conducted at, and permits obtained from, several state and national parks independently.

SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS

The central theme of my research is to capitalize on the chemical and biological diversity which exists among arthropods for a host of applications including drug discovery, identifying new insect repellents and how insects might contribute to a more sustainable human food supply.

Entomology – 1995 to Present
In addition to my research goals, I am very interested in utilizing arthropods in education, outreach and conservation efforts. To this end I hope one day to establish a public insect zoo coupled with a mass rearing and research facility. Arthropods are unique in their ability to inspire creativity and spark interest in people who are able to observe and learn about them. So far I have pursued my passion for insects through volunteer help rearing insects at OSU Insectary with Mike Doss, donating specimens for educational display at the OSU Entomology Museum curated by Don Arnold, and giving educational demonstrations for elementary school children. I have also independently maintained insect cultures for my own research in insect chemical biology. I am also an avid armature nature photographer with a special emphasis on insects. I continue to seek opportunities to interact with other entomologists and share my love and enthusiasm for insects and the natural world at any given opportunity.

Invertebrate Studies Institute – Entomology/Nematology
Founding and leadership of the Invertebrate Studies Institute (ISI); Running an Invertebrate Zoo through ISI (goal to be the largest live exotic insect collection in the US); Mentoring Undergraduate and Graduate students; Education and outreach activities focused on invertebrates, particularly insects; Collaboration on research projects in insect husbandry and insect chemical defense research, insect rearing and Entomophagy. I provide expertise on insect rearing, running an organization, acquisition of exotic insects from all over the world, plant rearing and insect feeds/foodplants, Chemistry, Biochemistry and general laboratory and greenhouse techniques.

Chemical Ecology – Natural Products Chemistry
The research program I began in 2006 emerged from my life-long passion for entomology and interest in understanding and utilizing the biochemical mechanisms that underlie natural processes. In that work I have been working on an exciting series of projects determining the chemical makeup of walkingstick insect (Order Phasmatodea) chemical defenses. Throughout this research I have independently conceived, designed, conducted, and managed each of the various projects involved. Additionally, I have maintained several national and international collaborations on these projects. My work has led to award-winning publications as well as press articles and a number of speaking engagements at meetings and institutions. I am also interested in mechanisms of natural product biosynthesis, the evolution of chemical defense, and ecological implications of chemical compounds produced by insects.

Entomophagy – Insects as a Sustainable Human Food Source
In addition to my interests in insect chemistry, I also believe that there is substantial potential for insects to become the sustainable livestock of the future and to help combat world hunger and malnutrition. As the human population grows, it is even more important to sustain rather than increase our levels of consumption and harvesting materials from the planet and its ecosphere. The United Nations expects the population to grow to more than 9 billion people by 2050, adding approximately twice the current population of China. Because of this, it is important to find ways to carry out our livelihoods which do not continue adding harmful materials to our environment, demolishing limited and ever dwindling habitat or abusing natural ecosystems or other valuable natural resources. The FAO estimates there are at least 1,000 species of edible insects in the world. Insects possess a number of features which make them attractive targets for exploration as a more sustainable food source. Projects: development of cricket powder, cricket flour, Griopro® Cricket Powder www.cricketpowder.com.

REFERENCES

Tyler Tatum
Ripple Technology, LLC
Principal
1984 Howell Mill Rd, #19924
Atlanta, GA 30327
ttatum@rippletechnologyllc.com
Phone: (404) 783-0923
http://ripplemgmt.com/

Dr. Brenda Oppert
Research Molecular Biologist
USDA-ARS-CGAHR-SPIERU
ATTN: Brenda Oppert
1515 College Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66502
brenda.oppert@ars.usda.gov
Phone: (785) 776-2780

Laurie Keeler
Senior Manager for Product Development
The Food Processing Center
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
143 Filley Hall, East Campus/1625 Arbor Drive
Lincoln, NE 68583-0930
lkeeler@gmx.com
Phone: (402) 310-8005

Additional references available upon request.

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