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

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…


Kurt Langberg’s MS research published

Congratulations to Kurt, whose research on the relation between meiotic recombination and oxidative stress in honey bees has just been published in…


Extension talk in Asheboro

On March 6th, Esmaeil and Olav took the UNCG honey bee research to the Randolph county beekeepers, who proved to be an…


SAHRC Meeting at WFU

Great presentations from Prashant, Kevin, Shilpi, Max, Anissa, and Saman! Thank you everybody for coming and making the 14th Annual SAHRC meeting…


American Bee Research Conference

Congratulations to Kaira, Shilpi, Taylor, and Esmaeil for representing our lab very nicely at this year’s ABRC meeting. Everybody came back with…


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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