Dr. Jeff Harris, is an Associate Professor at the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology with extension, research and teaching duties. He serves primarily as the university extension specialist for apiculture, and in that role, he actively interacts with beekeepers at all levels through workshops, seminars, and various hands-on educational venues at local, state-wide, and regional beekeeping meetings. He teaches courses about insecticide toxicology, insects and human society, and an introductory freshman course about beekeeping and bird watching, two advocations that he has enjoyed since his youth. He has been at MSU for just over 10 years, and before coming to the university he worked for 15 years with the USDA Honey Bee Laboratory in Baton Rouge, LA where he worked with teams of scientists to breed honey bees for resistance to varroa mites. His is still keenly interested in exploring the mechanisms of resistance in these bees. Additionally, improved methods of selective breeding are a priority.
Dr. Esmaeil Amiri, is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant pathology, and is housed at the Delta Research and Extension Center, Stoneville, MS. He has research and extension responsibilities in pollinator health. His research interests focus on the health and reproduction of honey bee queens. He and his research group combine field activities and colony manipulations with molecular laboratory techniques and bioinformatic tools to understand (1) virus-host interaction and the role that the honey bee immune system and environmental stresses play in this interaction, (2) the effect of environmental stress on honey bee queen reproduction quality. Please do not hesitate to reach him if you need more information
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Dr. Priyadarshini Chakrabarti Basu, is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology with research, teaching and outreach responsibilities, housed on main campus of Mississippi State University. Priya is also a courtesy faculty at the Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University. A recipient of numerous national and international awards, Priya’s research focuses on understanding the impacts of multiple stressors on bees and how to mitigate such stress. Her lab focuses on bee nutrition, bee physiology and functional biology, bee toxicology, bee molecular ecology, and bee neuroethology, using a wide array of field and multidisciplinary lab approaches, including multiomics. She is currently serving as the Secretary and Treasurer of the American Association of Professional Apiculturists. Priya is also the Physiology, Biochemistry and Toxicology section representative and Vice Chair of the Early Career Professional Committee of the Entomological Society of America and chairs the Standout ECP Series committee on Entomology Today. More information can be found at http://priyadarshinichakrabarti.com/ and https://www.biochemistry.msstate.edu/associate.php?id=185.
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