Krisztina is a PhD student at the vanEngelsdorp honeybee lab conducting research on the plasticity of Varroa destructor in the United States. Krisztina is from Hungary where she did her BSc, MSc in Agricultural Engineering at the University of West Hungary.
She developed an interest in host-parasite interactions during her second MSc program in Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology at the University of Exeter, UK. During her master’s research, she used bumblebees as a model system to investigate how the reduction in gut biodiversity makes these pollinators susceptible to pathogens, environmental stresses, and its overall impact on the large-scale population of bumblebees.
To implement her knowledge and understanding of this field, she will continue to study the molecular basis of honeybee-mites interactions, in collaboration with the USDA honeybee lab.