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.

Recent News

Extension Talk to Alexander County Beekeepers

Olav and Esmaeil traveled to Taylorsville to give the local beekeepers an overview of the UNCG honey bee research. The diversity of…

Kaira wins inaugural AAPA Postdoctoral Travel Award

Congratulations to Kaira Wagoner, who was just notified that she won the AAPA Postdoctoral Travel Award to attend the 2018 ABRC and…

Rueppell Lab Featured in UNCG Research Magazine

The latest issue of the UNCG Research magazine contains a nice article highlighting some of our recent research. Hopefully, that will increase…


At the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium, we had Taylor Pritchard present a poster on her collaborative project…

EntSoc Meeting 2017

At this year’s Entomology meeting in Denver, our group was represented by Kaira Wagoner, Carlos Vega Melendez, and Olav Rueppell, and everyone…

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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