New publication: The gut microbiome defines group membership in honey bee colonies

Former graduate student Cassie Vernier published her study on the role of the gut microbiome in regulating nestmate recognition in honey bees. Study suggests that microbial genetics play a role in determining hive membership via modulation of host bee pheromones. Vernier CL, Chin I, Adu-Oppong B, Krupp J, Levine J, Dantas G and Ben-Shahar Y […]

In the news: The secret life of bee bacteria

CBC Listen Science column: The secret life of bee bacteria | All in a Day with Alan Neal | Live Radio | CBC Listen A new study published this week in Science Advances has shown the very unique way that honey bees can tell who is a member of their hive and who may be […]

New Publication: Brain microRNAs among social and solitary bees

Yehuda publishes a new study that describes the brain miRNA transcriptome of diverse bee species with varying levels of sociality. Study was led by Dr. Karen Kapheim from Utah State University, and former postdoctoral fellow Eirik Søvik, now at Volda University in Norway. https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rsos.200517

Dr. Nicole Leitner receives a postdoctoral fellowship

Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Nicole Leitner receives a one-year postdoctoral fellowship from the McDonnell Center for Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology. https://sites.wustl.edu/cellularmolecularneurobiology/funding-opportunities/post-doctoral-fellowships/

New Publication: The neurogenetics of sexually dimorphic behaviors from a post-developmental perspective

Nicole and Yehuda publish a new review article about the role of post-developmental molecular processes in regulating male vs. female behavior in a special issue of Genes, Brain, and Behavior. Leitner N and Ben-Shahar Y (2020) The neurogenetics of sexually dimorphic behaviors from a post-developmental perspective. Genes Brain and Behavior 19:e12623 (invited review)

Ben-Shahar Lab receives NSF grant

Yehuda Ben-Shahar has been awarded $770,000 by the National Science Foundation to investigate how insects produce and perceive mating pheromones as species diversify.