Samuel Abban is a faculty research assistant at the University of Maryland Bees Lab working as part of the NHBS and BIP teams. He conducts miticides assays on survey samples to determine the effectiveness of miticides application in reducing varroa mite population. He received a BS degree in Biochemistry from Washington Adventist University. Before joining the Lab, he worked as a Biological science technician for the USDA Bee Disease Diagnosis Lab where he became interested in honey bees and gained valuable skills in hive management, dissection and examination of honey bee for diseases and pests. He specializes in identification of honey bee tracheal mite, nosema spore, and foulbrood pathogens.