WISE Speaker Series - featuring Dr. Michelle Flenniken
- Wednesday, January 16, 2013 from 12:30pm to 1:00pm
- Chemistry and Biochemistry Building - view map
A graduate of Montana State University, Dr. Flenniken is currently an assistant research professor in the Department of Plant Sciences & Plant Pathology.
Research in the Flenniken Lab is aimed at elucidating the molecular mechanisms underlying host-pathogen interactions in agriculturally important systems; including honey bees (Apis mellifera). Projects in
the lab focus on three principal aspects of honey bee biology: (1) determining the mechanisms and contributions of RNA-triggered pathways in honey bee antiviral defense, (2) honey bee pathogen monitoring, detection and discovery with an emphasis on candidate etiologic agents of Colony Collapse Disorder, and (3) investigating the pathogenesis of the recently discovered Lake Sinai viruses. Honey bees are an excellent model in which to investigate immune mechanisms at both the individual bee and entire colony level.