The Lab

By , June 29, 2009

Principal Investigator

Amro Zayed, PhD
York University Research Chair (Tier II) in Genomics
Associate Professor of Biology

Amro Zayed is an Associate Professor of Biology and York University’s Research Chair in Genomics. He completed his doctorate in Biology (PhD 2006) at York University, then held a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Illinois’ Department of Entomology (2006-2008). Dr. Zayed later served as a Fellow for the Institute for Genomic Biology’s Genomics of Neural & Behavioral Plasticity Theme at the University of Illinois (2008-2009). Dr. Zayed rejoined York University’s Department of Biology in 2009, where he leads a research program on the genetics, genomics and behaviour of social insects using the honey bee as a model organism. Zayed received the Governor General’s Gold Medal in 2007, the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation’s Early Researcher Award in 2010, and the Faculty of Science’s Early Career Researcher Award in 2014, a York Research Chair in 2015, and YorkU’s President Emerging Research Leadership Award in 2017. He was recently awarded the Entomological Society of Canada’s Gordon C. Hewitt Award for outstanding contributions to the field of entomology.

Postdoctoral fellows and Research Associates

Dr. Ida Conflitti, BeeCSI Project Manager [Dec 2017 – Now] []

Dr. Mateus Pepinelli, Lab Manager [Dec 2019 – Now]

Graduate Students

Kathleen Dogantzis [PhD candidate, 2016 – Now] []

Dova Suttner [PhD candidate, 2017 – Now, dovasuttner (at)]

Tanushree Tiwari [PhD candidate, 2016 – Now] []


Simran Bahia [MSc candidate, 2018 – now] sbahi035 (at)

Taeyoon You [MSc candidate, 2019 – now] (at)

Kathryn ‘KC’ Galang [MSc candidate, 2019 – now] kgalang3 (at)

Visiting Scholars

Dr. Yasin Kahya. Visiting Postdoctoral fellow, Ankara University, Turkey. June 2019 – June 2020.

Naiara Climas Pereira. Visiting, PhD student, Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Brazil. August 2019 – August 2020.

Nicholas Smith, Behaviour & Genetics of Social Insects Lab, University of Sydney, Australia. Visiting PhD student, Summer 2017.

Professor Charles Whitfield, Dept. Entomology, University of Illinois. Sabbatical visitor [September 2016 to December 2016]

Claudinéia Costa. Visiting PhD student. São Paulo State University, Brazil [September 2016 to December 2016]

Samir Kadri. Visiting PhD student, São Paulo State University, Brazil [September 2014 – 2015] [samirkbr(at)]


Past Members:

Dr. Nadia Tsvetkov [PhD, 2014 – 2020] [nadiats(at)].Currently,Postdoctoral Fellow, UBC.

Dr. Rodney Richardson, Postdoctoral Fellow [January 2019 – October 2020]. Currently, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science. []

Mohammad (Arshad) Imrit [MSc, 2017 – 2019, imarshad (at)]. Currently, Research Assistant, Sharma/Zayed lab.

Bandele Morrison [MSc, 2018 – 2020] bandem95 (at)

Dr. Clement Kent, Senior Research Associate [September 2015 – 2019] [clementk (at)]. Currently, Adjunct Professor, Dept. Biology, York University.

Dr. Matt Betti [NSERC Postdoctoral fellow, September 2017 – June 2018; matthew.betti (at)] Co-advised with Dr. Jane Heffernan. Assistant Professor, Mount Allison University, New Brunswick

Dr. Alivia Dey [Research Associate, 2016-2017]. Project Manager, Provincial Health Services Authority, BC.

Kathleen Dogantiz [MSc candidate, 2015 – 2016;]. PhD student in the lab

Dr. Brock Harpur [PhD, 2012 -2016; MSc, 2010 – 2012 b.harpur[at]]. Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, Purdue University []

Nadia Tsvetkov
[MSc 2012 -2014; nadiats(at)]. PhD student in the lab

Daria Molodtsova [MSc 2013 – 2015; dmolodtsova(at)]. Bioinformatician, Res. Inst. for Physico-Chemical Medicine, Russia.

Shermineh Minai [MSc, 2010 – 2012; shminai(at)]. Data scientist, Scotiabank.

Harshilkumar Patel [MSc candidate, 2016 – 2018] []

Stephen Rose [MSc candidate, 2016 – 2018] []

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