The Apex Team
We are a team of scientists working on real bugs in the Silicon Valley, where most people work on computer bugs. We have diverse expertise in insect behavior, insect physiology, chemical ecology, microbiology, and molecular biology. With 40% (2 out of 5) female employees, sharing 4 different cultural backgrounds, exploring the field of entomology together, the Apex team is an incredibly diverse and strong research team.
Dangsheng Liang, PhD
President and Founder
Dangsheng Liang earned his MS and PhD degrees in entomology at Rutgers University before completing postdoctoral work at North Carolina State University. He has devoted his entire professional career to research and product development of bait products for urban pests. He has published a number scientific papers in refereed journals and delivered professional presentations on insect behavior, physiology, and management. Prior to starting Apex Bait Technologies, Inc., he worked as an entomologist and bait formulator at a leading insect bait manufacturing company.
Abhinav Maurya, PhD
Chief Technology Officer
Abhinav started his scientific journey in the field of Agricultural Sciences by earning his BS degree from Banaras Hindu University in India. Abhinav moved to the USA for higher education and earned his MS in Biology from the University of Northern Colorado, and Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the University of Louisville. Abhinav is an expert in plant-insect interactions with an emphasis on chemical ecology and insect behavior. Abhinav has wealth of professional knowledge in developing novel pest control products. At Apex Bait, Abhinav will oversee multiple NIH, DOD and USDA funded research projects and direct the technology development and marketing as the company expands to new markets across the globe.
Samuel Liu, PhD
Senior Research Scientist
Samuel Liu earned his MS and PhD in Entomology and Plant Pathology Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Oklahoma State
University. He has published numerous peer reviewed papers within the field of integrated pest management, insect and plant physiology, insect ecology and toxicology, and insect gene expression and localization. He is working on following projects at Apex Bait Technologies:
Laura Hansen, PhD
Laura Hansen is a chemical ecologist with a BS in Biochemistry from SUNY Geneseo and a PhD in Environmental and Forest Biology (Program: Entomology) from SUNY-ESF. She has published scientific articles on the identification of attractive volatile pheromones for several species of economically important longhorned beetles. She is currently working on collection, GC-MS identification, and bioassay testing of VOCs for use in pest management applications.