Jonas King

Jonas King

Assistant Professor

Host-Microbe Interactions

  • Postdoctoral, John Hopkins University; USDA Foreign Disease-Weed Science Research Unit
  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
  • M.S., The University of Mississippi
  • B.S., The University of Mississippi

Research Areas:
  • Investigating the underlying factors that influence the ability of insects to transmit their respective pathogens.
  • Advancing our detection capabilities of foreign and emerging agricultural threats.
  • Understanding the physiology behind insects as disease vectors and models in pharmaceutical, toxicological and ecological studies.
  • General and systematic entomology and parasitology.

King Lab


  • Badial, A., M. Tomaso-Peterson, J. G. King. 2020. Monitoring ectotrophic root-infecting fungi associated with bermudagrass putting green roots using quantitative multiplex assays. Plant Health Progress 21:144-151.  Download
  • Potts, R., J. G. King, J. Pietri. 2020. Ex vivo characterization of the circulating hemocytes of bed bugs and their responses to bacterial exposure. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 174:107422.  Download
  • Goddard, J., M. Allerdice, S. Portugal, G. Moraru, C. Paddock, J. G. King. 2019. What is going on with the genus Dermacentor? Hybridizations, introgressions, oh my! Journal of Medical Entomology. Download
  • Portugal, S., M. Allerdice, G. Moraru, J. King, C. Paddock, T. Becker, T. Smith, J. Goddard. 2019. Molecular phylogeny of Dermacentor parumapertus from two locations within its geographical range. Journal of Medical Entomology 56(4):979-983.  Download
  • Ganter, M., J. Goldberg, J. Dvorin, J. Paulo, J. King, A. Tripathi, I. Coppens, R. Jiang, B. Elsworth, D. Baker, R. Dinglasan, S. Gygi, M. Duraisingh, 2017. Plasmodium falciparum CRK4 directs continuous rounds of DNA replication during schizogony. Nature Microbiology 2:17017. Download
  • Sechler, A. J., M. A. Tancos, D. J. Schneider, J. G. King, C. M. Fennessey, B. K. Schroeder, T. D. Murray, D. G. Luster, W. L. Schneider, E. E. Rogers. 2017. Whole genome sequence of two Rathayibacter toxicus strains reveals a tunicamycin biosynthetic cluster similar to Streptomyces chartreusis. PloS one 12(8):e0183005. Download
  • Kurz, S., J. G. King, R. R. Dinglasan, K. Paschinger, I. B. Wilson. 2016. The fucomic potential of mosquitoes: Fucosylated N-glycan epitopes and their cognate fucosyltransferases. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 68:52-63. Download
  • Pastrana-Mena, R., D. Mathias, M. Delves, K. Rajaram, J. G. King, R. Yee, B. Trucchi, L. Verotta, R. R. Dinglasan. 2016. A malaria transmission-blocking (+)-usnic acid derivative prevents plasmodium zygote-to-ookinete maturation in the mosquito midgut. ACS Chemical Biology 11(12):3461-3472. Download
  • Smith, R., C., J. G. King, D. Tao, O. A. Zeleznik, C. Brando, G. G. Thallinger, R. R. Dinglasan. 2016. Molecular profiling of phagocytic immune cells in Anopheles gambiae reveals integral roles for hemocytes in mosquito innate immunity. Molecular and Cellular Proteomics 15:3373-3387. Download
  • Tao, D., C. Ubaida-Mohien, D.K. Mathias, J.G. Kin, R. Pastrana-Mena, A. Tripathi, I. Goldowitz, D.R. Graham, E. Moss, M. Marti, R.R. Dinglasan. 2014. Sex-partitioning of the Plasmodium falciparum Stage V gametocyte proteome provides insight into falciparum-specific cell biology. Molecular Cell Proteomics 13(10):2705-2724. Download
  • Tao, D., J.G. King, R.E. Tweedell, P.J. Jost, J.A. Boddey, R.R. Dinglasan. 2014. The acute transcriptomic and proteomic response of HC-04 hepatoma cells to hepatocyte growth factor and its implications for Plasmodium falciparum sporozoite invasion . Molecular and Cellular Proteomics 13(5):1153-1164. Download
  • King, J.G., J.F. Hillyer. 2013. Spatial and temporal in vivo analysis of circulating and sessile immune cells in mosquitoes: hemocyte mitosis following infection. BMC Biology 11(55). Download
  • Gibbons, J.G., Salichos, L., Rinker, D.C., Slot, J.C., McGary, K.L., King, J.G., Klich, M.A., Tabb, D.L., McDonald, W.H., and A. Rokas. 2012. The evolutionary imprint of domestication on genome variation and function of the filamentous fungus Aspergillus oryzae. Current Biology 22(15):1403-1409. Download
  • King, J.G., J.F. Hillyer. 2012. Infection induced interaction between the mosquito circulatory and immune systems. PLoS Pathogens 8(11): e1003058. Download