Current Lab Members

Principal Investigator


Postdoctoral Associates

  • Dr. Zhenqing Chen (PhD, NYU)
  • Dr. Molly Shook (PhD, Cornell University)
  • Dr. Hagai Shpigler (PhD, Hebrew University)
  • Dr. Arian Avalos (University of Puerto Rico)

Graduate Students

  • Adam Hamilton (Neuroscience)
  • Tim Gernat (computer science, University of Leipzig)
  • Beryl Jones (Ecology, Evolution and Conservation)
  • Ian Traniello (Neuroscience)
  • Kari Jackson (Entomology)
  • Sarai Stuart (Ecology, Evolution and Conservation)

Undergraduate Research Assistants

  • Frida Corona, 2014-2016
  • Aditi Warhekar, 2014-2015
  • Allison Ray, 2014-2016
  • Arminius Caldwell, 2014-2016
  • Lindsey Block, 2015-2016
  • Jeannette Cullum, 2016-present
  • Vivian Li, 2016-present
  • Liam McHugh, 2016-present
  • Alex Zhang, 2016-present
  • Sarah Bransley, 2015-present

Lab Personnel

  • Alison Sankey (Bee Lab Manager)
  • Dr. Sam Beshers (Lecturer)
  • Paul Tenczar (Research Scholar)
  • Dr. Amy Cash Ahmed (Lab Manager)
  • Allyson Ray (Research Technician)

Lab Alumni (Partial List)

  • Dr. Terry Harrison, Bee Lab Manager (2015-2016)
  • Dr. Clare Rittschof (postdoc. research assoc., 2012-2015) -- Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky
  • Emma Murdoch (undergraduate assistant 2011-2013; technician 2013-2015) Graduate student, University of Houston
  • Nick Naeger (Ph.D. Entomology, 2015)
  • Charley Nye (Bee Lab Manager, 2010-1015) -- Technician, Laidlaw Bee Research Facility, University of California, Davis
  • Dr. Cedric Alaux (postdoc. research assoc. 2006-2009) -- Research Scientist, INRA, Avignon, France
  • Seth Ament (Ph.D. Neuroscience, 2010) -- Assistant Professor, University of Maryland
  • Dr. Andrew Barron (postdoc. research assoc., 2000-2003) -- Associate Professor, Macquarie University, Australia, Deputy Head
  • Dr. Yehuda Ben-Shahar (grad. student and postdoc. research assoc., 1996-2003) -- Associate Professor, Washington University
  • Dr. Guy Bloch (postdoc. research assoc., 1997-2001) -- Senior Lecturer and Chair, Department of Ecology and Evolution, Hebrew University
  • Dr. Axel Brockmann (postdoc. research assoc., 2004-2011) -- Faculty Member, National Centre for Biological Research, Bangalore, India
  • Dr. Elizabeth Capaldi (postdoc. research assoc., 1996-2000) -- Associate Professor, Bucknell University
  • Dr. Sean Collins (M.S. Entomology 1994) -- Assistant Professor, Ohio State University
  • Dr. Miguel Corona (postdoc. research assoc. 2000-2007) -- Research Scientist, USDA Bee Research Laboratory, Beltsville, MD
  • Tim Dougherty, (MS 2010-2011) -- medical student, Southern Illinois University
  • Dr. Michelle Elekonich (postdoc. research assoc., 1997-2002) -- Associate Professor, UNLV; Program Director, National Science Foundation
  • Dr. Sarah Farris (Ph.D. Entomology, 1999) -- Associate Professor, West Virginia University
  • Dr. Tugrul Giray (Ph.D. Entomology 1997) -- Professor and Department Chair, Department of Biology, University of Puerto Rico
  • Dr. Christina Grozinger (postdoc. research assoc., -2004) -- Distinguished Professor, Pennsylvania State University
  • Laura Heuser (M.S. Entomology 1996) -- Biology teacher, Milwaukee, WI
  • Dr. Zachary Huang (postdoc. research assoc., 1990-1993; research assoc., 1993-1998) -- Associate Professor, Michigan State University
  • Pouya Kheradpour (B.S. Computer Science 2004) -- Graduate Student, MIT
  • Dr. Scott Kreher (postdoc. research assoc. 2007-2009) -- Assistant prof. Dominican University
  • Adrian Moran (postdoc. res. assoc. 2004-2006) -- technician, Iowa State University
  • Trang Nguyen (research specialist)
  • Scott Nixon (Masters in Biology)
  • Karen Pruiett (bee lab manager, 2004-2010) -- retired
  • Linda Qi (research assistant)
  • Jessica Ray (undergraduate assistant 2008-2011) -- graduate student, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • Kenny Roman (B.S. Molecular and Cellular Biology 2005) -- Graduate Student, Ohio State University
  • Dr. Moushumi Sen Sarma (postdoc. research assoc., 2004-2010)
  • Sapna Shah
  • Dr. David Schulz (Ph.D. Entomology 2001) -- Associate Professor, University of Missouri
  • Dr. Joseph Sullivan (Ph.D. Entomology, 2001) -- MD, Sports Medicine
  • Dr. Dan Toma (Ph.D. Ecology, Ethology, Evolution 1999)
  • Dr. Amy Toth (Ph.D. Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2007)— Associate Professor, Iowa State Unviversity
  • Dr. Steve Trumbo (postdoc. research assoc., 1992-1995) -- Associate Professor, University of Connecticut Waterbury Campus
  • Dr. Rodrigo Velarde (Ph.D. Entomology 2006) -- Postdoctoral Associate, Wake Forest University
  • Maria Vermiglio (M.S. Biology 1998) -- Teacher, Maine East High School, Park Ridge, IL
  • Dr. Christine Wagener-Hulme (Ph.D. Entomology, 2000) -- Lt. Colonel, USAF (ret)
  • Ying Wang (Ph.D. Cell and Developmental Biology, 2010)—Law School, Stanford University
  • Dr. Charlie Whitfield (postdoc. research assoc., -2004) -- Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Dr. Ginger Withers (Ph.D. Neuroscience 1994) -- Robert F. Welty Associate Professor of Biology, Whitman College
  • Dr. S. Hollis Woodard (Ph.D. Ecology, Evolution and Conservation 2010) -- Assistant Professor, University of California at Riverside
  • Dr. Tom Newman (Lab Manager) -- retired
  • Dr. Ernest Blackwell (Instructor, Clackamas Community College, Oregon City, OR)
  • Tara McGill (MS Entomology, 2012) -- Science Curriculum Design, Northwestern University
  • Nadya Kholina (Research Specialist)
  • Claudia Lutz (Ph.D. Neuroscience 2012) -- Science Writer, Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Dr. Zhengzheng Sophia Liang (Ph.D. Neuroscience 2013) -- Postdoctoral Associate, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
  • Jonathan Massey (BS with Highest Distinction), graduate school at University of Toronto
  • Sam Akins (BS with Distinction), graduate school at University of Chicago
  • John Lawrence (BS, 2013)
  • Dan Dalpiaz (BS, 2013)
  • Dr. Hongmei Li (Postdoctoral Research Associate -- 2012) -- Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of North Carolina
  • Brielle Fischman (Ph.D. Ecology, Evolution and Conservation 2013) -- Instructor, Hobart and William Smith College
  • Morgan Carr-Markell (M.S. Ecology, Evolution and Conservation 2013)
  • Dr. Karen Kapheim (postdoc. research assoc., 2011-2014) -- Assistant Professor, Utah State University
  • Chelsey Coombs (research assistant) -- science journalism program, New York University
  • Dr. Matthew McNeill (postdoc res. assoc., 2010-2014) -- works for ID Tech Inc.)
  • Marsha Wheeler (Ph.D. Entomology, 2014) -- postdoctoral research associate, University of Washington
  • Wei Yang (Entomology)