Esmaeil Amiri

Esmaeil Amiri

Visiting Research Scholar

(336) 334-9783
361 Eberhart Building


Ph.D., Aarhus University, Denmark


I graduated from the department of agroecology at Aarhus University, Denmark, where I studied the virus transmission routs from worker and drone to queens in honey bee colonies. In my current research in collaboration with Dr. Olav Rueppell (University of North Carolina at Greensboro), Dr. David Tarpy (North Carolina State University), and Dr. Micheline Strand (Army Research Office), my main focus is to assess the potential of inducible stress defense mechanisms to improve honey bee health and to test fundamental hypotheses of social evolution.

Recent Publications:

Amiri, E., Kryger P., Meixner M.D., Strand M.K., Tarpy D.R., Rueppell O. 2018. Quantitative patterns of vertical transmission of deformed wing virus in honey bees. PLoS ONE 13(3): e0195283.

Amiri, E., Strand, M.K., Rueppell, O., Tarpy, D.R. 2017. Queen Quality and the Impact of Honey Bee Diseases on Queen Health: Potential for Interactions between Two Major Threats to Colony Health. Insects, 8, 48.

Amiri, E., G. Seddon, W. Z. Smith, M. Strand, D. R. Tarpy, and O. Rueppell. 2017. Israeli acute bee paralysis virus and the health of honey bee queens. Bee World, 93: 104.

Amiri, E., Meixner, M.D., Kryger, P. 2016. Deformed wing virus can be transmitted during natural mating in honey bees and infect the queens. Scientific Reports, 6, 33065.

Amiri, E., Meixner, M.D., CC#, and Kryger, P. 2016. The Transmission of Deformed Wing Virus during Honey Bee Mating, Conference: 90th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America, At Raleigh, North Carolina

Amiri, E., Meixner, M.D., Nielsen, S.L., and Kryger, P. 2015. Four Categories of Viral Infection Describe the Health Status of Honey Bee Colonies. PLoS ONE. 10(10):e0140272.

Al Toufailia, H.M., Amiri, E., Scandian, L., Kryger, P., and Ratnieks, F.L.W. 2014. Towards integrated control of varroa: Effect of variation in hygienic behaviour among honey bee colonies on mite population increase and deformed wing virus incidence. Journal of Apicultural Research 53(5):555-562.

Amiri, E., Meixner, M.D., and Kryger, P. 2014. Honey bee queen health in correlation with virus transmission routes. Conference: Sixth EurBee Congress, At Murcia, Spain.

Amiri, E., and Thaller, G. 2014. Genetic architecture and genetic correlation of milk production traits in German Holstein population. Conference: EAAP 2014 – 65th annual meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science, At Copenhagen, Denmark.

Meixner, M.D., Francis, R.M., Gajda, A., Kryger, P., Andonov, S., Uzunov, A., Topolska, G., Costa, C., Amiri, E., Berg, S., Ivanova, E., Janes, M., Kezic, N., Korpela, S., Le Conte, Y., Panasiuk, B., Pechhacker, H., Tsoktouridis, G., · Vaccari, G., and Wilde, J. 2014. Occurrence of parasites and pathogens in honey bee colonies used in a European genotypeenvironment Interactions experimentrs 2010/2011 and 2011/2012. Journal of Apicultural Research 53(2):215-219.

Francis, R.M., Amiri, E., Meixner, M.D., Kryger, P., Gajda, A., Andonov, S., Uzunov, A., Topolska, G., Charistos, L., Costa, C., Bienkowska, M., Bouga, M., Büchler, R., Dyrba, W., Hatjina, F., Le Conte, Y., Panasiuk, B., Pechhacker, H., Tsoktouridis, G., and Wilde, J. 2014. Effect of genotype and environment on parasite and pathogen levels in one apiary – A case study. Journal of Apicultural Research 53(2):230-232.

Amiri, E., Meixner, M.D., Büchler, R., and Kryger, P. 2014. Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus in Honeybee Queens: Evaluating Susceptibility and Infection Routes. Viruses 6(3):1188-201.

Amiri, E. 2009. No existence of allelic polymorphism in Boorola (FecB) and Inverdel (FecXI) genes in Luri-Bakhtiari sheep breed. Journal of Modern Genetics 3(4):57-63.