The gut microbial communities in honey bees and bumble bees

Nancy A. Moran obtained a B.A. from the University of Texas in 1976 and a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Michigan in 1982. From 1986 to 2010, she served on the faculty of the University of Arizona, where she was a Regents' Professor. She joined the Yale faculty in 2010 as the William H. Fleming Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and is moving to University of Texas at Austin in August 2013. Moran was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur fellowship in 1997. She served as President of the Society for the Study of Evolution in 2000, was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences in 2004, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004, the American Academy of Microbiology in 2004, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007. In 2010, she was awarded the International Prize for Biology by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. She has published 200 scientific papers.

Dr. Moran's research involves the evolution of bacterial genomes and of symbiotic associations. She has shown that intimate symbiotic associations date to the origins of major groups of organisms, and she has used genomic and experimental work to show that these associations provide hosts with essential molecules and defenses. She also works on general principles involving the evolution of genomes in bacteria and has started research on the genomics of gut communities in insects, including honey bees.