Dr. Aaron T. Dossey
President, Founder And Owner
Dr. Aaron T. Dossey is a lifelong, self-taught Entomologist and nature enthusiast who is very passionate about his work, as anyone who has ever known him can strongly attest. He received his B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cum Laude from Oklahoma State University in 2001, with minors in Chemistry and Mathematics. He graduated with his Ph.D. in Biomedical Science, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology (Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences–IDP) from the University of Florida’s College of Medicine in 2006.
While unemployed and with $5,000 of his own money and a grant from the Gates Foundation, Dr. Dossey started All Things Bugs LLC in 2011 (click here for more on “Our Story“). He was also invited to and attended the UN FAO (United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization) expert consultation on the potential for insects to contribute to human food security at the organization’s headquarters in Rome, Italy, in 2012–one of the seminal catalysts for the recently emerged insect industry. As a world leader in the field, Dr. Dossey recently published a critical comprehensive foundational reference book, “Insects as Sustainable Food Ingredients,” covering all aspects of insects as food (historical and current) and the emerging insect-based food industry. He has received over $5 million in research grant funding from the Gates Foundation along with several federal and state government agencies (USDA, DARPA, and OCAST). He has over 30 peer-reviewed research publications and multiple issued and pending patents. The central theme of his research is to capitalize on the chemical and biological diversity of invertebrates for a host of applications, including medicine, biomedical science, agriculture, drug discovery, and how insects might contribute to a more sustainable human food supply.
Dr. Dossey is an avid nature and insect photographer who has reared over 50 different species of insects and founded a non-profit Invertebrate Studies Institute dedicated to insect and invertebrate-based education and outreach, as well as to establish a world-class insect zoo and basic insect chemistry and behavioral research laboratory. Dr. Dossey also enjoys travel, adventure, and collaborating with colleagues to learn more about archaeology in places like Peru.