SciLifeLab The Svedberg seminar series, Gene Robinson, Honey bee Sociogenomics


Monday May 20, 2019

Gene E. Robinson

Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, Department of Entomology, and Neuroscience Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Gene E. Robinson obtained his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1986 and joined the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1989. He holds a University Swanlund Chair and Center for Advanced Study Professorship, is director (since 2011) of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) and director (since 1990) of the Bee Research Facility, and is a former director of the campus Neuroscience Program (2001-2011). Robinson pioneered the application of genomics to the study of social behavior, led the effort to sequence the honey bee genome, authored or co-authored over 300 publications, and has trained 29 postdoctoral associates and 23 doctoral students, over half with faculty positions in academia. He served on the National Institute of Mental Health Advisory Council and has past and current appointments on scientific advisory boards for companies with significant interests in genomics. Dr. Robinson’s honors include: Fellow and Founders Memorial Award, Entomological Society of America; Fellow and Distinguished Behaviorist, Animal Behavior Society; Distinguished Scientist Award, International Behavioral Genetics Society; Guggenheim Fellowship; Fulbright Fellowship; NIH Pioneer Award; Honorary Doctorate, Hebrew University; Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences; and member, US National Academy of Sciences.

Honey Bees and the Genetic Roots of Social Life.

This lecture will use the honey bee and other species to demonstrate how genomics has enabled the study of social life in molecular terms. Topics include: 1) the molecular roots of the social brain; 2) examples of mechanisms regulating selfish behavior that have evolved to promote cooperation; and 3) analyses of brain transcriptional regulatory networks and social behavior, over both evolutionary and physiological timescales.

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Host: Joachim Rodrigues De Miranda (joachim.de.miranda@slu.se)