Gene E. Robinson joined the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1989 and holds a University Swanlund Chair. He is also the director of the University of Illinois Bee Research Facility, director of the Neuroscience Program, leader of the Neural and Behavioral Plasticity Theme at the Institute for Genomic Biology, and a professor of entomology with affiliate appointments in the Departments of Cell & Developmental Biology, Natural Resources& Environmental Sciences, and Animal Biology and in the Beckman Institute of Science and Technology. Dr. Robinson obtained his Ph.D. in entomology from Cornell University in 1986. He is the author or co-author of over 200 publications, pioneered the application of genomics tothe study of social behavior, led the effort to gain approval from the National Institutes of Health for sequencing the honey bee genome, and heads the Honey Bee Genome Sequencing Consortium. Robinson has made a wide range of fundamental advances in elucidating the endocrine, neural, and genetic regulation of behavior at the individual and whole-colony levels in honey bees. He has significantly advanced the understanding of the role of genes, hormones, and neurochemicals in the mechanisms and evolution of social behavior. Dr. Robinson’s honors include: University Scholar and member of the Center of Advanced Study at the University of Illinois; Burroughs Wellcome Innovation Award in Functional Genomics; Founders Memorial Award from the Entomological Society of America; Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship;Guggenheim Fellowship; Fellow, Animal Behavior Society; Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences; and member of the US National Academy of Sciences