Changlu Wang

Photo of Changlu Wang.

Office: Thompson Hall, Room 205
Lab: Blake hall, Room 230
Phone: 848-932-9552
Fax: 732-932-9751


  • 1998: Ph.D., West Virginia University
  • 1988: M.S., Chinese Academy of Forestry
  • 1985: B.S., Beijing Forestry University


My research program focuses on developing new and improved urban pest management technologies through the study of biology, behavior, and ecology of urban pests. The goal is to identify cost-effective and environmentally friendly solutions that will immediately benefit the consumers. My extension program delivers research-based urban pest management technologies to pest management professionals and the public through presentations, field demonstrations, and extension publications.

Research Projects

  • Development and implementation of new reduced-risk insect management strategies for urban pests (cockroaches, bed bugs, ants, termites)
  • Insecticide resistance management in the German cockroach and bed bugs
  • Use of attractants and repellents for pest monitoring and control

Professional Experience

  • Associate Extension Specialist. 2014-present. Department of Entomology, Rutgers University.
  • Assistant Extension Specialist. 2008-2014. Department of Entomology, Rutgers University.
  • Research Assistant Professor. 2007-2008. Department of Entomology, Purdue University.
  • Research Entomologist. 2002-2006. Department of Entomology, Purdue University.
  • Post-Doctoral Research Entomologist. 1998-2001. USDA-ARS Formosan Subterranean Research Unit.
  • Research Entomologist. 1988-1994. Research Institute of Forest Protection, Chinese Academy of Forestry.


  • Wang, C., and N. Singh. 2016. Bed bug lure. United States patent number 9,510,581B2.
  • McKnight, S. and C. Wang. 2015. Crawling arthropod intercepting device and method. United States Patent #9066511.
  • McKnight, S. and C. Wang. 2009. Crawling arthropod intercepting device and method. United Kingdom patent number GB2473358.
  • McKnight, S. and C. Wang. 2009. Crawling arthropod intercepting device and method. United Kingdom patent number GB2473474.
  • McKnight, S. and C. Wang. 2009. Crawling arthropod intercepting device and method. United Kingdom patent number GB2473475.


  • 2017. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary’s Award for Healthy Homes Research Innovation.
  • 2017. Excellence in Integrated Pest Management. Eastern Branch of Entomological Society of America.
  • 2015. Premier presentation “Best bed bug monitoring practices” at 63rd Entomological Society of America, Minneapolis, MN.
  • 2015. Eastern Regional Excellence in Extension Award. U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
  • 2015. Northeast extension directors’ award of excellence. This is the highest award presented by the directors of Extension in the northeast. It recognizes Extension outreach programming that has achieved outstanding accomplishments, results and impacts in addressing contemporary issues.
  • 2015. International IPM Award for Recognition. 8th International IPM Symposium.
  • 2011. Merle V. Adams Award. Rutgers Cooperative Extension.
  • 2010. Recognition by NJ NAHRO (New Jersey Chapter of National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officers) for service to public housing authorities in New Jersey.
  • 2010. “Most Retail-Ready” award for the Insect Interceptor device. United Inventors Association. National Hardware Show. Las Vegas, NV. Co-inventor.
  • 2009. Stinger Award for best insect video contest. Instruction category. Entomological Society of America. Co-author.

Research Interests and Expertise

Insect behavior, Insecticide resistance, Urban pest management (ants, termites, cockroaches, bed bugs, etc), Ant systematics.

Position Available

Postdoc/Ph.D. Assistantship.  The Urban Entomology lab at Department of Entomology, Rutgers University has an opening from January 2018 for a Postdoctoral Research Associate or a Ph.D. assistantship. For postdoc, primary responsibility is to conduct applied research in urban pest management. Current projects include bed bug and cockroach management research in apartment buildings. The secondary responsibility is to design, execute, and summarize bioassays for industry partners. The candidate is expected to assist in grant preparation, supervise undergraduate and graduate students, present research findings in professional meetings, and publish results in peer-reviewed journals. Continuous employment will depend on funding and performance. The candidate must to have strong publication records, good understanding of experimental design and statistical analysis skills, proficiency in SAS or SPSS programing, and dedication in urban pest management research. There will be frequent in-state travel to apartment buildings. The candidate needs to be able to communicate with residents and building staff effectively and work for long hours when needed in apartment buildings.

For the Ph.D. assistantship position, the primary goal of the research project is to conduct laboratory and field studies on bed bug behavior, ecology, and IPM. The assistantship will cover stipend, tuition, and medical insurance. The candidate will have opportunity to interact with companies, building management staff, and residents. Requirements for the applicant include: master degree in Entomology or Biology, excellent written and verbal communication skills, good statistical knowledge. The candidate will need to visit apartment buildings to assist with the grant projects and conduct research as part of the dissertation research. Interested applicants may visit the Department of Entomology home page for more details (

Application: Email a letter of interest, unofficial transcripts, GRE scores, CV, and contact information of four references to Dr. Changlu Wang. Department of Entomology, 96 Lipman Hall, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. E-mail: Web site: