2018—Gene Robinson

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Swanlund Chair; Director of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Gene Robinson uses genomics and systems biology to study the mechanisms and evolution of social life. His principal model system is the Western honey bee, Apis mellifera, along with other species of bees. The goal is to explain the function and evolution of behavioral mechanisms that integrate the activity of individuals in a society, neural and neuroendocrine mechanisms that regulate behavior within the brain of the individual, and the genes that influence social behavior. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Science, recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the rare NIH Pioneer Award.