Welcome to the UNCG Social Insect Lab!

We use honey bees as our main model to study a variety of exciting biological questions. Specifically, I am interested in the genetics of complex traits, genomics, social behavior, and aging. In addition, we address the urgent problem of honey bee health by studying the biology of stress and the interactions among parasitic Varroa mites, the viruses they vector, and their honey bee hosts.

We are a dynamic, collaborative group, amalgamated by our love for scientific exploration of the natural world around us. Pollinators, and honey bees in particular, are critical contributors to this natural world and are also vital to human food production. They live in complex societies that are fun to explore and add a level of biological organization that allows for unique tests of biological theory.

We employ a variety of research approaches, ranging from advanced apiculture, behavioral observations, and approaches used in disease ecology to theoretical modeling and analyses, bioinformatic studies of large-scale data sets, and molecular lab techniques, such as microsatellite genotyping and gene expression analysis.

Please contact us if you are interested in joining us on our exciting journey. If you want to support us and our research, please give online and designate the gift as “Other” – Honey Bee Research.

Recent News

Amazing Visit to China

Olav just came back from five amazing days in China to visit with Dr. Jianke Li at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural…


Cold Spring Harbor Meeting on Biology and Genomes of Social Insects

Esmaeil and Olav participated in the Cold Spring Harbor meeting on the biology and genomics of social insects. Amazing stuff is happening…


Comparing Overlap of Transcriptomes

The common practice of of relating two biological processes by determining whether there is significant overlap between their patterns of gene expression…


Quadruple Graduation!

Congratulations to Taylor and Anissa for both graduating with their Masters! Taylor is going to join Juliana Rangel’s lab at Texas A&M,…


Transmission of Deforming Wing Virus

Congratulations to Esmaeil for publishing his thorough study of DWV transmission, including three separate experiments, in PLoS One! Should be interesting to…


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Contact Us

Dr. Olav Rueppell
206 Eberhart Bldg.
Dept. of Biology, UNCG
321 McIver Street, Greensboro, NC 27412
VOICE: 336-256-2591
EMAIL: olav_rueppell@uncg.edu