About the Swale Lab

Slide1Our current research lies at the interface of physiology, toxicology, and molecular genetics to provide knowledge on the modes of action, discovery and development, and resistance of various drug and insecticide chemistries. Our lab studies the fundamental and applied aspects of physiology and toxicology by integrating toxicological, pharmacological, electrophysiological, and genomic approaches to address broad ranging hypotheses in model insects, arthropod vectors of human diseases, and agriculture pests.  Specifically, the Swale Lab studies the physiotoxicology of ion channels and ion transporters that are underexplored as a means to bridge the fundamental knowledge gap that limits our understanding of insect systems.

In addition to fundamental physiotoxicology, a branch of the Swale Research Lab focuses on pathogen-vector interactions that alter physiological pathways to enhance pathogenesis of pathogens, alter arthropod behavior, or  alter vector competency.

Knowledge gained by our various projects will aid in exploiting the plasticity of insect systems and will facilitate the development of novel therapeutics for arthropod control (e.g. vectors of human pathogens) or for enhancement of arthropod systems (e.g. honey bee health).

Principal Investigator

Daniel R. Swale, Ph.D.

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Dr. Daniel Swale is an Associate Professor in the Department of Entomology at Louisiana State University.  Dr. Swale received his B.S. in Biology from Christopher Newport University (2008), his M.S. in Life Sciences from Virginia Tech (2009), and his Ph.D. in insect toxicology from the University of Florida (2012; Advisor – Jeff Bloomquist).  He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Anesthesiology  at Vanderbilt Medical School under the direction of Dr. Jerod Denton.  In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, hunting, triathlons, and spending time with his family.

Contact Dr. Swale at: dswale@agcenter.lsu.edu

                                            Baton Rouge, Louisiana