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Priya Chakrabarti Basu
Ph.D. (Zoology)

I am an Assistant Professor in Pollinator Health and Apiculture at the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology, Mississippi State University. I also hold a Courtesy Faculty position at Oregon State University. I specialize in bee physiology, bee nutrition, bee molecular ecology, bee neuroethology, and bee toxicology. I employ various interdisciplinary research techniques such as multiomics (mass spectrometry-based metabolomics, lipidomics and proteomics), molecular biology, pollination biology and apicultural practices to address my current research questions in the bee model system. I am also keen to explore the physiology and behavioral ecology of other bee species. I teach courses on honey bee biology and beekeeping at MSU.

I enjoy mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. Previously I was a Post Doc at Dr. Ramesh Sagili’s Honey Bee Lab at Oregon State University, USA. I obtained my Ph.D. from the Department of Zoology, University of Calcutta, India. I was also a Newton-Bhaba Fellow at the Institute of Neuroscience in Newcastle University, UK. I look forward to bringing positivity and helping diverse communities through my work. My outreach and extension efforts reflect my commitment towards our various stakeholders and the scientific community. I am currently serving as the Physiology, Biochemistry and Toxicology section representative and Vice Chair of the Early Career Professional Committee of the Entomological Society of America and I chair the Standout ECP Series committee on Entomology Today. I am also the Secretary and Treasurer of the American Association of Professional Apiculturists.

Graduate students

Audrey Sheridan

Ph.D. Candidate, Research/Extension Associate in Apiculture (co-advised with Dr. Jeff Harris, Mississippi State University)
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Audrey has more than 20 years of experience in beekeeping, honey bee research, and entomology extension and outreach. Her specialization is the biology and reproductive behavior of the Small Hive Beetle, Aethina tumida Murray. Outside of her work, Audrey spends her time emersed in nature, outdoor sports and horses.

Angus Catchot III

Ph.D. Candidate, Research Associate (co-advised with Dr. Jeff Gore, Mississippi State University)

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Angus is currently working towards completing his Ph.D. in entomology with a focus on honey bee health. Angus studies the interactions between pesticides and poor nutrition on individual bee and colony health. He enjoys hunting and fishing in the great outdoors.

Lauren Jennings

MS Candidate

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Lauren obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture in 2021 from Mississippi State University. She is interested in studying the nutritional compositions of different pollens for creating a sustainable habitat for all bees. In her free time Lauren enjoys reading, hiking, browsing thrift shops, and drinking a lot of tea.

Urita Agana

MS Candidate

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Urita is currently studying the impacts of multiple stressors on honey bee gut microbiome. Urita is very bubbly and enjoys talking to people. Fun fact: Urita used to model!

Max Simon

MS Candidate (co-advised with Dr. Ramesh Sagili, Oregon State University)

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Max’s research is focused on aiding in the creation of a pollen nutritional database for improving honey bee nutrition. He started beekeeping in San Francisco in 2015 and as part of the Oregon State University GCCUT program, he hopes to become an educator with a primary focus in entomology.

Undergraduate students

2022 Spring Semester

Blake U’Ren

Alexa Hyder

Genesis Lyons

Ethan Eaton

Harry Jones

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Ph.D., Zoology

Priyadashini Chakrabarti