Gene Robinson (Fellow, ABS)
Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Gene Robinson uses the Western honey bee and other species of social and solitary bees to understand the mechanisms and evolution of social behavior. Research is focused on behavioral maturation, aggression, and various types of reward-based behavior. Current interests in the Robinson lab include: 1) Understanding the molecular basis of nutritional and hormone regulation of behavioral maturation; 2) Exploring the relationship between brain metabolism and aggression; 3) Reconstructing and testing brain gene regulatory networks for various types of social behavior; and 4) Determining how reward regulatory networks in the brain have changed as a function of social evolution. Robinson is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a Fellow of the ABS, and Member of the National Academy of Sciences.