Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Jonathan Snow joined the Barnard faculty in 2012 after serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Williams College. The primary focus of his current research is the immune system of the honey bee, a species experiencing population decline in part as a result of exposure to myriad new and old pathogens. While we possess extensive knowledge about the immune systems of many animals from humans to fruit flies, our understanding of the mechanisms through which honey bees defend themselves against microbial attack is incomplete. The major goal of his research program is to define mechanisms of pathogen resistance in honeybees, especially in the digestive tract, which provides an important immune barrier for this species. To pursue these questions, he hopes to increase understanding at various levels, including the colony, the individual bee, the cell, and the molecular pathway.
Studies to understand the bee immune system will be critical to solving the problems that confront this fascinating organism. As a social insect, the honey bee also provides a unique opportunity to look at how group disease resistance is affected by individual immune competence, with potential implications for the spread of human disease. Finally, using the honeybee as a model promises to improve our understanding of the dialogue between humans and our environment and will help move our society toward a more sustainable future.
Regulation of gene expression
Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
Senior Seminar in Immunology
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In the news:
• B.A., Williams College
• Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences Program, University of California, San Francisco
• Research Fellow, Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University