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Dr Rong Ma



Ph.D. Integrative Biology

          University of Texas (2017)

B.A. Biological Sciences

         Cornell University (2010)


Research Interests

I am interested in the mechanistic basis of behavioral plasticity, especially in the contexts of evolution and social behavior. With colleagues in the Grozinger and Rasgon labs, I am developing novel methods to apply CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing to diverse arthropods, which will enable tests of gene function in a wide variety of contexts. We will use these methods to better understand the evolution of pheromone communication and reproductive division of labor in social insects.


Academic appointments                                                          


Postdoctoral Fellow – Penn State University


Graduate Research Intern – NSF & Smithsonian Institute


NSF Graduate Research Fellow


Teaching Assistant – UT Austin: Evolution, Comparative Animal Physiology.


Integrative Biology Fellow – UT Austin


Teaching Assistant – Weill Cornell Medical College - Qatar



Ma R, Mueller UG, Rangel J. 2016. Assessing the role of β-ocimene in regulating foraging behavior of the honey bee,Apis mellifera. Apidologie, 1-10. doi: 10.1007/s13592-015-0382-x

Ma R, Villar G, Grozinger CM, Rangel R. Larval pheromones act as colony-wide regulators of collective foraging behavior in honey bees. Behavioral Ecology. Submitted.

Ma R, Grozinger CM, Rangel J (in prep). Larval pheromones regulate brain gene expression associated with food preference in honey bees (Apis mellifera).