Current Lab Members

Principal Investigator


Postdoctoral Associates


Graduate Students


Undergraduate Research Assistants

  • Jacob Herman
  • Safeer Shah
  • Nathan Lawrence
  • Nikita Dutta (Yale University)
  • Chelsey Coombs
  • Payel Kundu

Lab Personnel


Former Members

  • Dr. Cedric Alaux (postdoc. research assoc. 2006-2009)--Research Scientist, INRA, Avignon, France
  • Seth Ament (Ph.D. Neuroscience, 2010)—Postdoctoral Associate, Institute for Systems Biology
  • Dr. Andrew Barron (postdoc. research assoc., 2000-2003)--Assistant Professor, Macquarie University, Australia, Deputy Head
  • Dr. Yehuda Ben-Shahar (grad. student and postdoc. research assoc., 1996-2003)--Assistant 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
  • Dr. Sarah Farris (Ph.D. Entomology, 1999)--Associate Professor, West Virginia University
  • Dr. Tugrul Giray (Ph.D. Entomology 1997)--Associate Professor, University of Puerto Rico
  • Dr. Christina Grozinger (postdoc. research assoc., -2004)--Associate 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)--Assistant 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)— Assistant 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)--Postdoctoral Associate, University of Texas at Austin
  • Dr. Tom Newman (Lab Manager)--retired
  • Dr. Ernest Blackwell (Instructor, Clackamas Community College, Oregon City, OR)
  • Tara McGill (MS Entomology, 2012)--Curriculum Design, Ag Progress
  • 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
  • Emma Murdoch (BS, 2013)
  • John Lawrence (BS, 2013)
  • Dan Dalpiaz (BS, 2013)
  • Dr. Hongmei Li (Laboratory Manager, Hansen Lab, University of Illinois)
  • 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)