R. Michael Roe, ESA Fellow (2012)

Dr. R. Michael Roe, a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor in the Department of Entomology and the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology at North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh, was elected as Fellow in 2012.  He is internationally recognized for research in insect and acarine physiology, biochemistry, genomics, toxicology, and the use of fundamental research in chemistry, nuclear science, and biology to solve practical problems and develop new commercial technologies.

Roe was born in Plaquemine, LA in 1952 where he graduated high school in 1970.  He obtained his B.S. degree with a minor in chemistry from Louisiana State University (LSU), Baton Rouge in 1974.  He continued his graduate education at LSU obtaining an M.S. degree in physiology with a minor in biochemistry in 1976 and a Ph.D. in entomology and a minor in nuclear science in 1981.  He was an NIH fellow in cellular and molecular biology in the Department of Entomology at the University of California, Davis from 1981–1984, and in 1984 accepted a position as assistant professor in entomology at NCSU.

Roe’s laboratory focuses on understanding how insect and acarine systems function at the molecular level, the use of synthetic organic chemistry to understand structure-activity, and applications in bioassay, chemistry, molecular biology, and physics to solve practical pest problems in the context of integrated pest management.  His lab is especially active in technology transfer and product development.  Some of his greatest successes include a U.S. EPA registered insect and tick repellent that is more effective than DEET and a fast acting, natural, broad-spectrum herbicide among many others.  Roe has been at NCSU for over 28 years and is a prolific author with more than 250 published papers, 7 books, 36 patents, and 10 licensed technologies.  Roe has been an invited speaker for more than 40 scientific events globally and he organized several national and international scientific meetings.  He is president of the company, InTox Biotech, in Middlesex, NC and has served, or is serving, on the advisory boards for several companies and non-profit organizations. Roe is also a founding member of the interdepartmental biotechnology program at NCSU, which provides hands-on courses in molecular techniques and a minor in biotechnology.  He has developed new courses at NCSU in physiology, insect morphology, molecular entomology, toxicology, and professional development. 

Roe has received several awards for his accomplishments.  However, he considers his greatest professional success to be the more than 46 graduate students that he has trained as an advisor or co-advisor with M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, nuclear engineering, physiology, toxicology, biology, textile science, and entomology at NCSU.  He also trained over 20 postdoctoral researchers.  His graduates and postdocs have continued to successful careers in academia, industry, and government in the U.S. and throughout most of the world.  Roe is married to Janet (Richard) Roe and has a son, Jonathan, and a daughter, Jennifer.  His hobbies include work on his farm, repairs on his MG, camping, and surf fishing on islands off the coast of North Carolina.

Updated, May 2013