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Alumni Success Stories:
Aaron Rodriques, PhD 

There is a long history of highly successful alumni associated with the Urban Center and the Department of Entomology at Purdue University.  We aim to highlight these success stories in our e-newsletter as featured Alumni Success Stories.  This month, we are featuring Dr. Aaron Rodriques.

Aaron working in the Purdue Entomology Urban Center Bed Bug lab; December, 2021.
Photo by Tom Campbell. 
Aaron Rodriques is a recent PhD graduate who attended Purdue University from August 2016 to December 2021.

His research areas were insect biochemistry, molecular biology, and proteomics; he studied a German cockroach allergen known as Bla g 2, as well as other proteins present in German cockroach structures known as tergal glands. He worked under the direction of Drs. Ameya Gondhalekar and Gary Bennett. 

He has recently moved on to Columbia University as a postdoctoral research scientist, where his research focuses on the biochemistry of calcium channels involved in heart disease.

Aaron’s time spent in the Purdue Entomology Urban Center helped him to develop essential skills as a scientist, teacher, and coworker. His research experience at Purdue University played a direct role in his current success at Columbia University. Aaron believes that his Purdue experience will continue to have long-lasting influence on his life as a scientist. 

Rodriques Co-Advisor Comments 

Ameya Gondhalekar

Aaron Rodriques (now Dr. Aaron Rodriques) has been a bug enthusiast since his childhood years. His enthusiasm and motivation towards the field of entomology is what convinced Dr. Gary Bennett and I to offer him a PhD position in the urban center at Purdue. Until Aaron enrolled in the Entomology PhD program at Purdue, he had not received formal education or research training in this field.

Due to Aaron’s interest in biomedically-oriented entomology research, he was assigned a project to determine expression patterns and function of the Bla g 2 human allergenic protein produced by the German cockroach. Aaron used a multitude of techniques in entomology, molecular biology, biochemistry and proteomics to answer his doctoral research questions and is currently working on publishing two peer-reviewed papers related to this work. As a consequence of assigning him a biomedically-oriented research project, Aaron was successful in securing two post doc offers from Columbia University School of Medicine right before his graduation from Purdue.

Overall, Aaron’s dedication towards his project as well as his hard work and perseverance were crucial for his success in the PhD program at Purdue. It was a pleasure to serve as Aaron’s co-advisor along with Dr. Gary Bennett and helping him achieve the goal of becoming a researcher in the biomedical field.

Career Opportunities: Rose Pest Solutions is looking to add a Board Certified Entomologist (BCE) to their team

Rose Pest Solutions is looking to add a BCE to their team, in order to help Rose to further grow and enhance training. This position will be responsible to develop, implement, and train on new processes in the company that will help to serve customers, the Rose team, and the environment. The selected individual will have the ability to be on the cutting edge of implementing new ideas and have the opportunity to showcase their abilities in the business world.

The candidate for this position can reside anywhere in the Rose Pest Solutions/Franklin Pest Solutions footprint, which includes Greater Milwaukee, Chicago, Michigan City, Hammond, Lafayette, Indianapolis, and Louisville.

The position will report directly to the Vice President of Operations and will be a part of the Senior Leadership Team.

Please respond with any interest to Angie Persinger at

Please also take a moment to get to know more about Rose Pest Solutions by visiting their websites: /

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Holly Fletcher-Timmons
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