Our research focuses on the genomic analysis of social behavior in honey bees and other social insect species. We are primarily interesting in understanding the molecular basis and evolution of chemical communication and host-parasite interactions. We are characterizing the molecular, physiological, behavioral, and social factors that regulate these processes.
These studies not only shed light on the molecular pathways underlying behavior, olfaction, immunity, and chemical ecology, but can also serve as the basis for applied research into novel methods for improving honey bee breeding, colony health and management.
This research seamlessly integrates behavioral studies (both in the field and in the lab), physiological assays, chemical ecology, functional genomics, and comparative studies. It provides an excellent platform for training students in interdisciplinary studies.