Team

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Olav Rueppell  (Group Leader, Mentor, and PI)  –  View CV

206 Eberhart Building,                                                  email: olav_rueppell@

Phone: (+1) 336-2562591                                                                       uncg.edu

! Contact me if you are interested in becoming part of our team !

Currently Lab Members:

Esmaeil Amiri (Postdoc): Honey bee viruses, transmission pathways, and stress
Saman Baral (undergraduate): Vitellogenin and virus immunity
Shilpi Bhatia (PhD-student): Genetic architecture of honey bee virus resistance
Anissa Kennedy (MS-student): Stress resistance of reproductive workers (undergraduate researcher in 2015)
Kevin Le (undergraduate): Eggs as indicator of honey bee health
Max McCall (undergraduate): IAPV transmission pathways
Mustafa Noori (undergraduate): Population comparison of recombination rates
Taylor Pritchard (undergraduate): Population comparison of recombination rates
Taylor Reams (MS-student): Varroa mite host selection
Carlos Vega Melendez (PhD-student): Long-term consequences of abiotic stress
Kaira Wagoner (Postdoc): Hygienic behavior in honey bees; PhD- thesis (2011-2015): “An Investigation of the Relationships Between Common Stressors, Brood-Signaling, Hygienic Behavior, and Selective Breeding in the Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)”
Prashant Waiker (PhD-student): Meiotic recombination in social insects

 

Past Graduate Lab Members:

Hongmei Li-Byarlay: “Genomic studies of stress resistance in honey bees” (NCSU-affiliated postdoc: 2014 – 2017), now Research Assistant Professor at Central State University
Bertrand Fouks: “Genomic studies of recombination and aging in honey bees” (2014 – 2015)
Wendy Zuluaga Smith: “Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus in Apis mellifera queens: Impact on colony role, transmission routes, and immune priming” (MSc: 2014 – 2016).
Katelyn Miller: “Construction and Fine-Scale Analysis of a High-Density, Genome-Wide Linkage Map to Examine Meiotic Recombination in the Honey Bee, Apis mellifera.” (MSc: 2012 – 2014)
Ming Huang: “Genetics of oxidative stress resistance in honey bees” (NCSU-affiliated postdoc: 2012 – 2014)
Kurt Langberg: “Testing the Effects of Oxidative Stress on Genomic Recombination in the Honey Bee, Apis mellifera.” (MSc: 2012 – 2014)
Humberto Freire Boncristiani: “Functional genomics of IAPV infection in honey bees” (Postdoc: 2011 – 2013)
Ryan Kuster: “Expression Levels of Immune-genes in Developing Workers of Apis mellifera in Response to Reproductive Timing and Infestation Level by the Parasitic Mite Varroa destructor.” (MSc: 2010 – 2012), undergraduate (2009)
Mike Simone-Finstroem: “Honey bee stress and aging” (NCSU-affiliated postdoc: 2011 – 2012)
Cordelia Sackey-Mensah: “The Effect of Xenobiotics on the Honeybee Adult Intestinal Stem Cell Proliferation.” (MSc: 2009 – 2012)
Laura Willard: “Development and Analysis of Primary Cultures from the Midgut of the Honey Bee, Apis mellifera.” (MSc: 2008 – 2012)
Emily Meznar: “Genomic Synteny and Comparison of Recombination between A. mellifera (the European Honey Bee) and A. florea (the Red Dwarf Honey Bee).” (MSc: 2007 – 2009)
Allie Graham: “The Genetic Architecture of Reproductive Differences in Workers of Africanized and European Honey Bees, Apis mellifera.” (MSc: 2007 – 2009)
Kristen Ward: “A Study of Cellular Proliferation and Apoptosis in Short- and Long-lived Honey Bees, Apis mellifera.  ” (MSc: 2004 – 2006)

 

Past Undergraduate Lab Members:

Samyra Blackeney (2017)

Erin Estes (2017)

 Christopher Reid (2017)

Mark Rothermund (2017)

Franco Abad (2017)

 Antron Spooner (2017)

 Talia Heckman (2016)

 Timothy Delory (2016)

 Karen Funderburk (2016 – 2017)

> Graduate School (Arizona State University, Bio-Math)

 Katherina Santiago (2016)

 Sherry Browne (2016)

> High School Teacher

 Sara Rubio-Correa (2015 – 2017)

 Heeral Lakhani (2015 – 2016)

  Greg Seddon (2015 – 2016)

> Industry

 Chelsea MaLyn Lawhorn (2015), left

> Graduate School (NCSU)

 Rachel Schomaker (2015), right

> Graduate School (University of South Carolina)

 Tinaye Mutetwa (2015 – 2017, Honors thesis)

 Samantha McPherson (2015)

> Graduate School (NCSU, Entomology)

 Basema Khan (2014)

 Ashley LaVere (2014) >M.S. program at the University of Georgia  Quinton Irby (2014 – 2015)

 Eli Thompson (2014)

 Jasmine Everett (2014)

 Daniel Smith (2013 – 2015), left

> Industry (LabCor)

 Juan Collazo (2013 – 2015), right

> Med School (Wake Forest University)

Babak Yousefi (2013 – 2016, Honors thesis)

> UNC Dental School

Caitlin Ross (2012 – 2014)

> Graduate School (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

 Tiffany Fowler (2012 – 2016)

> High School Teacher

 Matthew Phillips(2012 – 2015)

 Francisco Belinchon (2012 – 2013)

> Graduate School (UK, Virology)

 Kayla Jackson (2012)

 Candice Harrison (2011)

 Bobbee Vannasane (2011 – 2013)

> UNC Dental School

 Dominick DeFelice (2011 – 2014, Honors thesis)

> Med School (UNC)

 Tara McCray (2011)

> Graduate School (University of Illinois at Chicago, Medical Sciences)

Stephen Meier (2010)

 Dawit Adnew (2009)

 Luke Dixon (2009 – 2012)

> Laboratory Specialist (HPU)

 Ellen Lonon (2009)

   Michelle McQuage (2009)

 Nicholas Arvanitis (2009)

 Danielle Lucas (2009 – 2010)

Stephen Brown (2009)

 Nathan Ross (2008)

> High School Teacher

 Ashley Hayes (2008 – 2009)

> Graduate School (Biology, UNCW)

Matthew Whilhelm (2007)

> Graduate School

 Kaitlin Clinnin (2007 – 2008)

 Javier Luzon (2007 – 2008)

> NIH Internship

 Miranda Hayworth (2007 – 2008)

> MD-PhD Program (Georgia)

Robert Gove (2007)

> Graduate School

 Megan Leagon (2007)

 Nels Johnson (2007)

> Graduate School (Virginia Tech)

 Lauren Groves (2006 – 2007)

> Med School?

 Michael Munday (2006 – 2009, Honor thesis)

> Veterinary Tech

 Jennifer Coleman (2006 – 2008, Honor thesis)

> Lab Technician (UNC)

 Megan Wallrichs (2006 – 2008, Honor thesis)

> Graduate School (Delaware State, Biology)

Kari Fine (2005 – 2006)

> Vet-MD School (Georgia)

 Dominique Buehler (2005 – 2006)

> Graduate School (Switzerland, Environmental Studies)

 Anny Pena (2005 – 2006)

> Germany

 Akuabata Kerns (2005 – 2006)

Preston Gardner (2005 – 2006)

> Med School

 Caroline Mulcrone (2005)

> Pharmacy School (Ohio)

Robyn Douglas (2004)

> High School Teacher

 Oumar Seck (2003 – 2005)


> Industry

 Rex Kirkman (2003 – 2004)