Short CV of Regina Keespies
Education: 1989, Diploma in Biology, Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany: Thesis: "Investigations on the natural occurrence of entomopathogenic fungi and nematodes in different soils in the surroundings of Darmstadt.".
1993, Doctoral Degree, Dr. rer. nat., Biology, Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany; Thesis: "Studies on the biology and application of the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium anisopliae (Metsch.) Sorokin for biological control of African locusts".
Research Experience: 1990- 1991 Research Scientist, Insect Pathology, Institute for Biological Control, Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI), formerly Federal Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry (BBA), Darmstadt, Germany.
Since 1991 Research Scientist, Insect Pathology, Head of the "Laboratory for diagnosis, histo- and cytopathology of arthropod diseases", Institute for Biological Control of the JKI.
Professional activities: 2005-2006, Vize-Chair of the Microsporidia Division of the SIP. 2007-2008, Chair of the Microsporidia Division of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology. 2009-present, Member-at-Large of the Division on Diseases of Beneficial Invertebrates.
Since 2006, Convenor of the Commission "Determination and identification of entomophagous insects and insect pathogens" of the IOBC-WPRS.
Since 2007, Joint lectures in cooperation with the Department of Biology of the "Technical University of Darmstadt", Germany, on phytomedicine and biological control.
Since 2009, Establishment and maintenance of a "Database on Arthropod Diseases" diagnosed at the Institute for Biological Control of the Julius Kühn-Institute: http://arthropodenkrankheiten.jki.bund.de.
Memberships of Scientific Societies:
1990, International Organization for Biological and Integrated Control of Noxious Animals and Weeds / West Palaearctic Regional Section (IOBC-WPRS).
2004, Society for Invertebrate Pathology.
Research Interests: Broad interest on diagnosis, histo- and cytopathology of arthropod diseases caused by all kind of pathogens (viruses, bacteria, fungi, protists). Use and development of light and electron microscope techniques for basic studies on pathogens, promising in biological or integrated control of pest arthropods, with special attention to invasive species. Monitoring of natural infection rates of all kind of microbial disease agents in gradations of pest arthropods in agriculture and forestry, and their effects on gradation development (prognosis). The diagnostic engagement is also focused on sanitary supervision of arthropod cultures, particularly also of beneficials, for securing the development and efficacy of biological and integrated plant protection measures.