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Raul Medina

Medina, Raul
Raul Medina
Biocontrol Facility, Room 110
(979) 845-4775
Undergraduate Education
B.S. Biology, Universidad Nacional Agraria la Molina
Graduate Education
Ph.D. Entomology, University of Maryland
M.S. Entomology, University of Maryland

Professional Summary

Raul F. Medina, PhD. is a Professor in the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University (TAMU). His laboratory conducts research aimed at understanding the modulation of species interactions among parasites and their hosts as a result of population genetics and evolutionary factors. He is also interested in understanding how public perceptions of novel biotechnology products are formed. He was appointed by the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to co-author the 2017 report on Preparing for Future Products of Biotechnology. He has served as an ethical, legal, and social issues (ELSI) advisor to the US Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), as a content advisor to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health Gene Convene Virtual Institute and as a Research Fellow of the Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy at The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. He has worked for several years to increase awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in academia. He is a current member of the Texas A&M Diversity Science Research Cluster and a recipient of the Entomological Society.

Research Areas of Expertise

Evolutionary ecology, micro-evolution, population genetics, integrated pest management

Selected Publications

Medina, R.F. 2021. Host-associated differentiation of target pests should be assessed before using gene drive as a pest control tool-an opinion. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata.170(1):88-94. https://doi.org/10.1111/eea.13093

Medina, R.F. Gene drives and the management of agricultural pests. 2017. Journal of Responsible Innovation. https://doi.org/10.1080/23299460.2017.1407913

Medina, R.F., Dickey, A.M., Harrison, K., and Miller, G.L. 2017. Host-associated differentiation in a pecan and water hickory Aphidomorpha community. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 162: 366-378. https://doi.org/10.1111/eea.12553

Medina, R.F., Nachappa, P., and Tamborindeguy, C. 2011. Differences in bacterial diversity of host-associated populations of Phylloxera notabilis Pergande (Hemiptera: Aphididae) in pecan and water hickory. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24: 761-771. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1420-9101.2010.02215.x

Medina, R.F., 2012. Implications of host-associated differentiation in the control of outbreak species, in Insect Outbreaks Revisited, P. Barbosa, D. Letourneau, J. Shultz (eds.), Blackwell Publishing LTD, Oxford, pages: 291-310. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118295205.ch14