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Josh Benoit

Josh Benoit

Postdoctoral fellow
Lab Phone: (203) 737-4134
Fax: (203) 785-4782
Email: benoit.8@osu.edu


Education

  • Ph.D., Entomology and Physiology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2009
  • B.S., Biochemistry, Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH, 2005

Awards, Honors and Grants

  • Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, School of Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale University, New Haven, CT, Topic: Physiology of the tsetse fly (Glossina sp.)
  • Mary S. Muellhaput Endowed Presidential Fellowship, The Ohio State University (2008)
  • Entomological Society Travel Award to the International Congress of Entomology, Entomological Society of America (2008)
  • Edward J. Ray Graduate Student Travel Award, The Ohio State University (2008)
  • Jack and Helen Root Award for research in urban entomology, The Ohio State University (2008)
  • Service Award for Mentorship from the Metro High School(Columbus, OH) (2008)
  • 1st Place at the Ohio Valley Entomology Association student (2007)
  • ICINN Student Recognition Award in Insect Physiology, Entomological Society of America (2007)
  • Lillian and Alex Feir Graduate Student Travel Award, Entomological Society of America (2007)
  • Fred Hink Research Award, The Ohio State University (2007)
  • 1st place Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center Director Ph.D. Poster Competition (2007)
  • Student Recognition Award, Entomological Society of America (2007)
  • Marquis Who’s Who in the World (2007)
  • President’s Prize for 1st Place, Entomological Society of America (2006)
  • 3rd Place at the Ohio Valley Entomology Association student competition (2006)
  • Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering (2006)
  • Award for research in Acarology at the 30th anniversary, International Journal of Acarology. (2005)
  • American Biographical Institute, Inc. Man of the Year (2005)
  • Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center Director’s Associateship Award (2005)
  • The Contemporary Who’s Who of Professionals (2005)
  • Awarded as top biochemistry student at Wittenberg University (2005)
  • Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering (2005)
  • Finalist for Alma Lux Award (Top Junior Male at Wittenberg University) (2004)
  • Empire’s Who Who of Empowering Executives and Professionals (2004)
  • 3rd Place at the Ohio Valley Entomology Association student competition (2004)
  • Awarded for research by the International Journal of Acarology (2004)
  • Wittenberg University Scholar Award (2003)

Curriculum vitae

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Publications

Benoit JB, Attardo GM, Michalkova V, Takac P, Bohova J, Aksoy S. Sphingomyelinase Activity in Mother's Milk Is Essential for Juvenile Development: A Case from Lactating Tsetse Flies. Biol Reprod. 2012 Apr 18. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 22517621.

Attardo GM, Benoit JB, Michalkova V, Yang G, Roller L, Bohova J, Takáč P, Aksoy S. Analysis of lipolysis underlying lactation in the tsetse fly, Glossina morsitans. Insect Biochem Mol Biol. 2012 May;42(5):360-70. PubMed PMID: 22509523.

Benoit JB, Yang G, Krause TB, Patrick KR, Aksoy S, Attardo GM. Lipophorin acts as a shuttle of lipids to the milk gland during tsetse fly pregnancy. J Insect Physiol. 2011 Nov;57(11):1553-61. Epub 2011 Aug 22. PubMed PMID: 21875592; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3209505.

Benoit JB, Jajack AJ, Yoder JA. Multiple traumatic insemination events reduce the ability of bed bug females to maintain water balance. J Comp Physiol B. 2012 Feb;182(2):189-98. Epub 2011 Aug 20. PubMed PMID: 21858473.

Benoit JB, Lopez-Martinez G, Patrick KR, Phillips ZP, Krause TB, Denlinger DL. Drinking a hot blood meal elicits a protective heat shock response in mosquitoes. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 May 10;108(19):8026-9. Epub 2011 Apr 25. PubMed PMID: 21518875; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3093486.

Yoder JA, Benoit JB, LaCagnin MJ, Hobbs HH 3rd. Increased cave dwelling reduces the ability of cave crickets to resist dehydration. J Comp Physiol B. 2011 Jul;181(5):595-601. Epub 2011 Feb 16. PubMed PMID: 21327632.

Yi SX, Benoit JB, Elnitsky MA, Kaufmann N, Brodsky JL, Zeidel ML, Denlinger DL, Lee RE Jr. Function and immuno-localization of aquaporins in the Antarctic midge Belgica antarctica. J Insect Physiol. 2011 Aug;57(8):1096-105. Epub 2011 Feb 18. PubMed PMID: 21315725.

Benoit JB, Patrick KR, Desai K, Hardesty JJ, Krause TB, Denlinger DL. Repeated bouts of dehydration deplete nutrient reserves and reduce egg production in the mosquito Culex pipiens. J Exp Biol. 2010 Aug 15;213(Pt 16):2763-9. PubMed PMID: 20675546; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2912756.

Urbanski JM, Benoit JB, Michaud MR, Denlinger DL, Armbruster P. The molecular physiology of increased egg desiccation resistance during diapause in the invasive mosquito, Aedes albopictus. Proc Biol Sci. 2010 Sep 7;277(1694):2683-92. Epub 2010 Apr 21. PubMed PMID: 20410035; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2982042.

Benoit JB, Denlinger DL. Meeting the challenges of on-host and off-host water balance in blood-feeding arthropods. J Insect Physiol. 2010 Oct;56(10):1366-76. Epub 2010 Mar 11. Review. PubMed PMID: 20206630; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2918697.

Yoder JA, Condon MR, Hart CE, Collier MH, Patrick KR, Benoit JB. Use of an alarm pheromone against ants for gaining access to aphid/scale prey by the red velvet mite Balaustium sp. (Erythraeidae) in a honeydew-rich environment. J Exp Biol. 2010 Feb 1;213(3):386-92. PubMed PMID: 20086122.

Benoit JB. Water management by dormant insects: comparisons between dehydration resistance during summer aestivation and winter diapause. Prog Mol Subcell Biol. 2010;49:209-29. Review. PubMed PMID: 20069411.

Benoit JB, Lopez-Martinez G, Phillips ZP, Patrick KR, Denlinger DL. Heat shock proteins contribute to mosquito dehydration tolerance. J Insect Physiol. 2010 Feb;56(2):151-6. Epub 2009 Oct 13. PubMed PMID: 19782687; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2861860.

Benoit JB, Lopez-Martinez G, Teets NM, Phillips SA, Denlinger DL. Responses of the bed bug, Cimex lectularius, to temperature extremes and dehydration: levels of tolerance, rapid cold hardening and expression of heat shock proteins. Med Vet Entomol. 2009 Dec;23(4):418-25. PubMed PMID: 19941608.

Benoit JB, Phillips SA, Croxall TJ, Christensen BS, Yoder JA, Denlinger DL. Addition of alarm pheromone components improves the effectiveness of desiccant dusts against Cimex lectularius. J Med Entomol. 2009 May;46(3):572-9. PubMed PMID: 19496429; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2728055.

Li A, Benoit JB, Lopez-Martinez G, Elnitsky MA, Lee RE Jr, Denlinger DL. Distinct contractile and cytoskeletal protein patterns in the Antarctic midge are elicited by desiccation and rehydration. Proteomics. 2009 May;9(10):2788-98. PubMed PMID: 19415656.

Jay A. Yoder, Joshua B. Benoit, Megan R. Bundy, Brian Z. Hedges, and Kevin M. Gribbins, Functional Morphology of Secretion by the Large Wax Glands (Sensilla Sagittiformia) Involved in Tick Defense, Psyche, vol. 2009, Article ID 631030, 8 pages, 2009. doi:10.1155/2009/631030

Yoder J.A., Hedges B.Z., Tank J.L., Benoit J.B. Dermal gland secretion improves the heat tolerance of the brown dog tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus, allowing for their prolonged exposure to host body temperature (2009) Journal of Thermal Biology, 34 (5), pp. 256-265.

Yoder JA, Hedges BZ, Benoit JB, Keeney GD. Role of permanent host association with the Madagascar hissing-cockroach, Gromphadorhina portentosa, on the developmental water requirements of the mite, Gromphadorholaelaps schaeferi. J Comp Physiol B. 2009 Aug;179(6):729-36. Epub 2009 Apr 8. PubMed PMID: 19352686.

Elnitsky MA, Benoit JB, Lopez-Martinez G, Denlinger DL, Lee RE Jr. Osmoregulation and salinity tolerance in the Antarctic midge, Belgica antarctica: seawater exposure confers enhanced tolerance to freezing and dehydration. J Exp Biol. 2009 Sep 1;212(17):2864-71. PubMed PMID: 19684222.

Li A, Benoit JB, Lopez-Martinez G, Elnitsky MA, Lee RE Jr, Denlinger DL. Distinct contractile and cytoskeletal protein patterns in the Antarctic midge are elicited by desiccation and rehydration. Proteomics. 2009 May;9(10):2788-98. PubMed PMID: 19415656.

Yoder JA, Hedges BZ, Benoit JB, Keeney GD. Role of permanent host association with the Madagascar hissing-cockroach, Gromphadorhina portentosa, on the developmental water requirements of the mite, Gromphadorholaelaps schaeferi. J Comp Physiol B. 2009 Aug;179(6):729-36. Epub 2009 Apr 8. PubMed PMID: 19352686.

Benoit JB, Lopez-Martinez G, Elnitsky MA, Lee RE Jr, Denlinger DL. Dehydration-induced cross tolerance of Belgica antarctica larvae to cold and heat is facilitated by trehalose accumulation. Comp Biochem Physiol A Mol Integr Physiol. 2009 Apr;152(4):518-23. Epub 2008 Dec 24. PubMed PMID: 19141330.

Lopez-Martinez G, Benoit JB, Rinehart JP, Elnitsky MA, Lee RE Jr, Denlinger DL. Dehydration, rehydration, and overhydration alter patterns of gene expression in the Antarctic midge, Belgica antarctica. J Comp Physiol B. 2009 May;179(4):481-91. Epub 2009 Jan 6. PubMed PMID: 19125254.

Elnitsky MA, Benoit JB, Denlinger DL, Lee RE Jr. Desiccation tolerance and drought acclimation in the Antarctic collembolan Cryptopygus antarcticus. J Insect Physiol. 2008 Oct-Nov;54(10-11):1432-9. Epub 2008 Aug 7. PubMed PMID: 18761345.

Lopez-Martinez G, Elnitsky MA, Benoit JB, Lee RE Jr, Denlinger DL. High resistance to oxidative damage in the Antarctic midge Belgica antarctica, and developmentally linked expression of genes encoding superoxide dismutase, catalase and heat shock proteins. Insect Biochem Mol Biol. 2008 Aug;38(8):796-804. Epub 2008 Jul 2. PubMed PMID: 18625403.

Teets NM, Elnitsky MA, Benoit JB, Lopez-Martinez G, Denlinger DL, Lee RE Jr. Rapid cold-hardening in larvae of the Antarctic midge Belgica antarctica: cellular cold-sensing and a role for calcium. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2008 Jun;294(6):R1938-46. Epub 2008 Apr 16. PubMed PMID: 18417647.

Robert Michaud M, Benoit JB, Lopez-Martinez G, Elnitsky MA, Lee RE Jr, Denlinger DL. Metabolomics reveals unique and shared metabolic changes in response to heat shock, freezing and desiccation in the Antarctic midge, Belgica antarctica. J Insect Physiol. 2008 Apr;54(4):645-55. Epub 2008 Jan 26. PubMed PMID: 18313070.

Yoder JA, Glenn BD, Benoit JB, Zettler LW. The giant Madagascar hissing-cockroach (Gromphadorhina portentosa) as a source of antagonistic moulds: concerns arising from its use in a public setting. Mycoses. 2008 Mar;51(2):95-8. Review. PubMed PMID: 18254744.

Yoder JA, Benoit JB, Denlinger DL, Tank JL, Zettler LW. An endosymbiotic conidial fungus, Scopulariopsis brevicaulis, protects the American dog tick, Dermacentor variabilis, from desiccation imposed by an entomopathogenic fungus. J Invertebr Pathol. 2008 Feb;97(2):119-27. Epub 2007 Aug 14. PubMed PMID: 17880996.

Benoit JB, Lopez-Martinez G, Michaud MR, Elnitsky MA, Lee RE Jr, Denlinger DL. Mechanisms to reduce dehydration stress in larvae of the Antarctic midge, Belgica antarctica. J Insect Physiol. 2007 Jul;53(7):656-67. Epub 2007 May 4. PubMed PMID: 17543329.

Benoit JB, Del Grosso NA, Yoder JA, Denlinger DL. Resistance to dehydration between bouts of blood feeding in the bed bug, Cimex lectularius, is enhanced by water conservation, aggregation, and quiescence. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2007 May;76(5):987-93. PubMed PMID: 17488928.

Benoit JB, Denlinger DL. Suppression of water loss during adult diapause in the northern house mosquito, Culex pipiens. J Exp Biol. 2007 Jan;210(Pt 2):217-26. PubMed PMID: 17210959.

Yoder JA, Benoit JB, Rellinger EJ, Tank JL. Developmental profiles in tick water balance with a focus on the new Rocky Mountain spotted fever vector, Rhipicephalus sanguineus. Med Vet Entomol. 2006 Dec;20(4):365-72. PubMed PMID: 17199747.

Benoit JB, Yoder JA, Lopez-Martinez G, Elnitsky MA, Lee RE Jr, Denlinger DL. Habitat requirements of the seabird tick, Ixodes uriae (Acari: Ixodidae), from the Antarctic Peninsula in relation to water balance characteristics of eggs, nonfed and engorged stages. J Comp Physiol B. 2007 Feb;177(2):205-15. Epub 2006 Nov 7. PubMed PMID: 17115223.

Yoder JA, Benoit JB, Denlinger DL, Rivers DB. Stress-induced accumulation of glycerol in the flesh fly, Sarcophaga bullata: evidence indicating anti-desiccant and cryoprotectant functions of this polyol and a role for the brain in coordinating the response. J Insect Physiol. 2006 Feb;52(2):202-14. Epub 2005 Nov 15. PubMed PMID: 16290823.

Yoder JA, Benoit JB, Rellinger EJ, Ark JT. Critical transition temperature and activation energy with implications for arthropod cuticular permeability. J Insect Physiol. 2005 Oct;51(10):1063-5. Epub 2005 Oct 7. PubMed PMID: 16216261.

Yoder JA, Benoit JB, Rellinger EJ, Telford SR 3rd. Failure of ticks to transmit Scopulariopsis brevicaulis (Deuteromycota), a common filamentous fungal commensal of ticks. J Med Entomol. 2005 May;42(3):383-7. PubMed PMID: 15962791.

Benoit JB, Yoder JA, Rellinger EJ, Ark JT, Keeney GD. Prolonged maintenance of water balance by adult females of the American spider beetle, Mezium affine Boieldieu, in the absence of food and water resources. J Insect Physiol. 2005 May;51(5):565-73. PubMed PMID: 15894003.

Yoder JA, Benoit JB, Opaluch AM. Water relations in eggs of the lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum, with experimental work on the capacity for water vapor absorption. Exp Appl Acarol. 2004;33(3):235-42. PubMed PMID: 15347026.

Yoder JA, Hanson PE, Zettler LW, Benoit JB, Ghisays F, Piskin KA. Internal and external mycoflora of the American dog tick, Dermacentor variabilis (Acari: Ixodidae), and its ecological implications. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2003 Aug;69(8):4994-6. PubMed PMID: 12902299; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC169152.





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