University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, United States USA
Areas of Expertise:
Molecular biology, Honey bee biology, Virology
I have been studying disease ecology of honey bee colonies since I got involve in honey bee science. Specifically, I am interested in interaction and co-evolution between honey bee queens and viruses. I have investigated several transmission pathways, that viruses use to pass the social and individual immunity and infect the queens. In many cases virus infected queens remain functional in the colony and can pass the virus to their progeny throughout produced eggs. I have investigated the vertical transmission of Deformed Wing Virus in honey bee queens and showed the virus can transmit to the next generation along the eggs (Amiri et al 2018).