Snow Lab

Investigating the Molecular Mechanisms of Honey Bee Disease

Jonathan Snow, Ph.D.

Department of Biology

Barnard College,

Columbia University

The primary focus of our current research is the cellular stress responses of the honey bee, a species that is crucial to agricultural and ecological systems. Honey bee colonies in the United States and elsewhere have suffered from an increased rate of die-off in recent years, stemming from a complex set of interacting stresses that remain inadequately described. Environmental stressors suspected of playing a part in recent honey bee losses include nutritional stress, chemical poisoning from pesticides, alterations to normal living conditions due to large-scale beekeeping practices, and infection by pathogenic microbes.

Studies to understand the cellular stress response of the bee will be critical to solving the problems that confront this fascinating organism. In addition, using the honey bee as a model promises to improve our understanding of the dialogue between humans and our environment and will help move our society toward a more sustainable future.


Snow lab receives a grant from the USDA.

Snow lab publishes in mSphere article link.

Professor Snow gets a mention in a NYT opinion article.

Snow lab receives a grant from the California State Beekeeping Association 

Snow lab publishes in Ecology article link.

Snow lab publishes in Lab on a Chip article link.

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