The primary focus of our current research is the cellular stress responses of the honey bee, a species that is crucial to agricultural and ecological systems. Honey bee colonies in the United States and elsewhere have suffered from an increased rate of die-off in recent years, stemming from a complex set of interacting stresses that remain inadequately described. Environmental stressors suspected of playing a part in recent honey bee losses include nutritional stress, chemical poisoning from pesticides, alterations to normal living conditions due to large-scale beekeeping practices, and infection by pathogenic microbes.
Studies to understand the cellular stress response of the bee will be critical to solving the problems that confront this fascinating organism. To pursue these questions, we hope to increase understanding at various levels, including the colony, the individual bee, the cell, and the molecular pathway.
Using the honey bee as a model also promises to improve our understanding of the dialogue between humans and our environment and will help move our society toward a more sustainable future.
- B.A., Williams College
- Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences Program, University of California, San Francisco
- Research Fellow, Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University
- Cellular Stress Responses
- Signal transduction
- Regulation of gene expression
- BIOL BC1502 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
- BIOL BC3310 Cell Biology
- BIOL BC3311 Laboratory in Cell Biology
- BIOL BC3590 Senior Seminar in Immunology
- BIOL BC3597 Guided Research
- HSPP BC1001-1002 Research Apprenticeship Seminar
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