Analysis of microRNAs in honey bee - further understanding of caste determination

PhD defence, Friday 5 January 2018, PhD student Fang Fang

2018.01.05 | Helle Karvonen

Fang Fang

During her PhD project, Fang Fang studied the effects of microRNAs on the development of honey bees. Characterization of miRNA profiles in the early larval tissue and royal jelly provided the potential functions of highly expressed microRNAs in the larval development and differentiation in the honey bees. Fang Fang achieved to find out how these microRNAs suppress the queen development such as fresh bodyweight, developmental time, and ovariole number through oral feeding with the corresponding synthetic inhibitors of in vitro reared honey bees.

The new research findings might contribute to the better understanding of how caste-associated microRNAs act in modulating gene expression and developmental differentiation in honey bees.

The PhD degree is completed at the Center for Molecular genetics and system (MGS), Science and Technology, Aarhus University.

This résumé was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Friday 5 January 2018 at 10.00
Place: Meeting Room 2, Aarhus University Foulum, Blichers Allé 20, 8830 Tjele
Title of dissertation: Investigation of the effect of MicroRNAs in regulation caste determination in Apis Mellifera
Contact information: Fang Fang, e-mail:, tel.: +45 91615368
Members of the assessment committee:

Professor Kåre Lehmann Nielsen, Department of Biochemistry and Bioscience, Aalborg University, Denmark

Researcher Bjørn Høyheim, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Basic Science, Norway

Professor Just Jensen (chair), Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, Denmark

Main supervisor:
Professor Christian Bendixen, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, DK
Associate Professor Knud Larsen, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, DK

Member of academic staff Leila Farajzadeh, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University,DK
Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.
The dissertation is available for reading at the Graduate School of Science and Technology/GSST, Ny Munkegade 120, building 1520, rooms 128-134, 8000 Aarhus C.

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