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Dr J Kathirithamby

Dr Jeyaraney KathirithambySenior Research Fellow and Oxford University Research Lecturer in the Department of Zoology.
Adjunct Professor of Biology, Sam Houston State University, Houston.


Jeyaraney Kathirithamby is a Senior Research Fellow and University Research Lecturer in the Department of Zoology. She is an Evolutionary Insect Taxonomist with special interest in insect parasites, especially in the entomophagous parasite Strepsiptera which are used as model organisms in the study of evolutionary relationships between strepsipterans and their hosts. It is a tractable invertebrate system that has raised questions on systematics, coevolution, cophylogenetics, sex determination, evolutionary development, biodiversity and immunogenetics. In collaboration with laboratories and museums throughout the world, she studies to understand the complex interactions that characterize this complex host-parasite relationship. She travels widely to collect samples for taxonomic, behavioural and molecular studies. 



Some recent publications:

2011. J. Kathirithamby [Global Strepsiptera Database]. In: Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life, (Bisby F.A., Roskov Y.R., Orrell T.M., Nicolson D., Paglinawan L.E., Bailly N., Kirk P.M., Bourgoin T., Baillargeon G., Ouvrard D., eds). Digital resource at Species 2000: Reading, UK.

2011. D. P. McMahon,  A.  Hayward  &  J. Kathirithamby. 2011. Strepsiptera. Current Biology. 21:  K271-272.

2011. A. Hayward, D. P. McMahon & J. Kathirithamby. 2011. Cryptic diversity and female host specificity in a parasitoid where the sexes utilize hosts from separate orders. Molecular Ecology 20: 1508–1528

2010. J Kathirithamby, A. Hayward, D. McMahon, R. Andreazze, H. Tadeu de Almeida Andrade, R. S. Ferreira & D. Fresneau. Conspecifics of a sexually dimorphic, heterotrophic heteronomous species of Strepsiptera (Insecta) are matched by molecular characterization. Systematic Entomology 35: 234-242.

2009. D.P. McMahon, A. Hayward & J. Kathirithamby. Mitochondrial genome of Mengenilla australiensis (Strepsiptera). BMC Genomics 10: 603. DOI.10.1186/1471-2164-10-603

2009. J Kathirithamby. Host-parasitoid associations in Strepsiptera. Annual Review of Entomology 54: 227-249

2008. J Kathirithamby. Strepsiptera. In, Encyclopaedia of Insects. Springer 2008.

2007. J Kathirithamby, J. J. Gillespie, E. Jimenez-Guri, A. I. Cognato & J. S. Johnston. High nucleotide divergence in a dimorphic parasite with disparate hosts. Zootaxa 639: 59-68.

2007. J Kathirithamby. Strepsiptera (In) Biology Catalogue.

2006. F Bonneton, F Brunet, J Kathirithamby & V Laudet. Rapid divergence of the ecdysone receptor is a synapomorphy for Mecopteroid that clarifies the Strepsiptera problem. Insect Molecular Biology 15: 351-362.

2005. J Kathirithamby. How Wallace and Dampier faced Tsunamis at sea. Correspondence to Editor. Nature 438: 282.

2005. J Kathirithamby. Further homage to Santa Rosalia: discovery at last of the elusive females of a species of Myrmecolacidae (Strepsiptera: Insecta). In, Narrow Roads of Gene Land. Collected papers by W D Hamilton, Vol III, Ed M Ridley pp 117-134. Oxford University Press.

2005. D Grimaldi, J Kathirithamby & V Schawaroch. Strepsiptera and triungula in Cretaceous amber. Insect Systematics and Evolution Group 1, 36: 1-20.

2004. J S Johnston, L D Ross, L Beani, D P Hughes & J Kathirithamby. Tiny genomes and endoreduplication in Strepsiptera. Insect Molecular Biology 13: 581-585.

2004. J Kathirithamby & J S Johnston. The discovery after 94 years of the elusive female of a myrmecolacid (Strepsiptera), and the cryptic species of Caenocholax fenyesi Pierce sensu lato.
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, B (Suppl 3) 271: S5-S8. DOI

2003. J Kathirithamby, L D Ross & S J Johnston. Masquerading as self? Endoparasitic
Strepsiptera enclose themselves in host-derived epidermal “bag”. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 100(13): 7655-7659.