Dr. Christina Grozinger
Professor of Entomology
Faculty Member
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA United States

Areas of Expertise:
bioinformatics, transcriptomics, genomics, RNAi

Research Organisms:
honey bees, bumble bees, ants, wasps


Research Focus:

My program seamlessly integrates research, education, outreach and service related to the biology and health of honey bees and other pollinators.  My research addresses both basic and applied questions, using a highly trans-disciplinary approach encompassing genomics, physiology, neurobiology, behavior, and chemical ecology.  My program consists of two main areas of study, which examine the mechanisms underlying social behavior and health in honey bees and related species.  Our studies on social behavior seek to elucidate the proximate and ultimate mechanisms that regulate complex chemical communication systems in insect societies.  Our studies on honey bee health examine how biotic and abiotic stressors impact the individual at the molecular, physiological and behavioral level, and have begun to examine how responses to these stressors can be modulated by social and environmental contexts.  

About the Author

Grozinger's research focuses on the genomic mechanisms that regulate social behavior and health in social insects, including honey bees, bumble bees, fire ants, and wasps. Her work is highly interdisciplinary, spanning behavioral ecology, chemical ecology, physiology, neurobiology, and genomics. Grozinger received her bachelor's degree in chemistry and biology at McGill University in 1997. She received a National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship for her graduate work in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, where she received her master's and doctoral degrees in 1999 and 2001, respectively. Grozinger was awarded a Beckman Institute Fellowship for her post-doctoral studies with Gene Robinson at the University of Illinois. In 2004, she joined the faculty at North Carolina State University as an assistant professor of insect genomics. In 2008, she joined the Department of Entomology at Penn State and was named the Director for the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State in 2009.

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