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

Congratulations to Kaira!

Kaira’s article demonstrating effects of brood type on hygienic behavior has been published in the Journal of Economic Entomology here, and it…


Welcome Phoebe Snyder

We would like to welcome Phoebe to our lab: She comes highly recommended to us from Stevenson University in Maryland and will…


Summer REU Program Conclusion

Did I forget to mention that we had a very successful NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates in Math-Bio this summer? Three teams…


Anissa all over Greensboro

Even though Anissa has left us after completion of her MSc thesis to work on her Doctorate in Germany at the University…


IUSSI Meeting in Brazil

Shilpi, Prashant, and Olav attended this year’s IUSSI meeting and presented two talks and three posters with research from our group. Attendance…


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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