Principal Investigator

Dr. Jia-Wei Tay

Assistant Professor of Entomology

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa


Meet our students, postdoc, and staff

Dr. Reina Tong


MS in Entomology from the University of Hawaii and PhD in Entomology and Nematology from the University of Florida researching termites


 Dr. Vijaya Movva


Postdoc working on chemical ecology of urban pests, her research is currently based in Hilo


John Adam Lawrence

Graduate student

Master’s student working on invasive ant behaviors and novel management strategies


Joel Melia

Graduate student

 PhD student currently developing his research on termite ecology


Joey Chang

Graduate student

Master’s student working on novel ant management strategies


Sarah Kim

Lab Assistant

 Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and interested in working with mosquito management


Lab Alumni


Justin Mew (2020)
Sarah Kim (2021)
Juliana Salehi (2022)
Ulelemaikalani Kwon (2023)

Karim Gharbi

(M.S 2022)

Current position: Extension Agent, Colorado State University

John Mitchell Kirsch

(M.S 2022)

  Current position:     Senior Entomologist,   SC Johnson

Equipment: PCR system, homogenizer, microcentrifuge, climatic chambers, incubators, insect/animal behavioral tracking system, thermal cycler, microscope camera setup with microscopes, microtome, video microscope, non-invasive microwave sensor-moisture meter-thermal sensor termite detection equipment, etc.

Tay Lab is hiring!

Interested in joining us?

A Ph.D. position is available in the Urban Entomology laboratory /Tay Lab at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The research project will be on developing biopesticides for invasive ant management. A Msc in Entomology/Chemistry or a comparable qualification is required. Interested candidates should submit a CV, GRE, and contact information for 3 references. Email: jwtay [at] hawaii [dot] edu

Undergraduate students interested in research opportunities, please contact me to discuss potential opportunities.

Prospective postdocs: Please contact me to discuss opportunities.