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Christina Grozinger, Penn State University

Genetic mechanisms that regulate social behavior, chemical communication and health in honey bees and other social insects

Grozinger's research focuses on the genetic mechanisms that regulate social behavior, chemical communication and health in honey bees and other social insects. Her work spans behavioral ecology, chemical ecology, physiology, neurobiology, and genomics.   She received her BSc from McGill University in 1997, and her MSc and PhD from Harvard University in 1999 and 2001, where she was supported by a National Science Foundation (NSF) Predoctoral Fellowship. Grozinger was awarded a Beckman Institute Fellowship for her post-doctoral studies with Gene Robinson at the University of Illinois. Grozinger joined the faculty at NCSU as an Assistant Professor in 2004, joined the faculty at Penn State (PSU) as an Associate Professor in 2008, co-founded and was named the Director of the PSU Center for Pollinator Research in 2009, and was promoted to Professor rank in 2013. Grozinger has received numerous awards, including an NSF CAREER Award, PSU Harbaugh Faculty Scholars Award, and the James I. Hambleton Award from the Eastern Apicultural Society of North America. Since 2010, she has co-organized two international conferences on pollinator health, short courses on queen rearing and RNAi, and outreach activities for the Center for Pollinator Research which reach >13,000 individuals annually.