DR. Mehmet Ali Doke


PhD Candidate in Entomology, Pennsylvania State University (2012-present)
MS Biology, Middle East Technical University (2012)
BS Molecular Biology & Genetics, Middle East Technical University (2009)

Graduate Assistant: Pennsylvania State University, Entomology Department, PA (2013-present)
Teaching Assistant: Middle East Technical University, Department of Biological Sciences, Turkey (2009-2012)

My research encompasses the investigation of molecular, physiological, behavioral, social and ecological aspects of honey bee overwintering.

In the beginning of my PhD here at Grozinger Lab, I worked with collaborators to investigate whether honey bee breeding efforts in US has produced locally adapted honey bee stocks with higher overwintering success in their original climatic zone (or worse overwintering success out of their zone). This study is concluded and now in preparation for publication (as of Fall 2015).

I am currently working on a project trying to identify genetic mechanisms of resilience to Nosema infections in honey bees with a focus on examining whether physiological state (independent from chronological age) of honey bees affects their resilience to Nosema infection.

I received funding from NE SARE Graduate Student Grant for a project titled “Winter is coming: Improving overwintering survival of honey bee colonies in Pennsylvania.” where I will test the effects of certain honey bee pheromones overwintering success in honey bees.

I will also test the hypothesis that winter bee physiology in honey bees is regulated in a “mix-and-match” model where winter bees resemble nurses in terms of abdominal fat body physiology and foragers in terms of flight muscle physiology.


Peer reviewed

Doke M.A., Otieno M., Grozinger C.M., Frazier M. (2016). Colony size, rather than genotype, is positively associated with overwintering success in honey bees (Apis mellifera L.). – Submitted

Doke M. A., Frazier M., Grozinger C. M. (2015). Overwintering Honey Bees: Biology and Management. Current Opinion in Insect Science, 10,185–193.

Giray T., Kence M., Oskay D., Doke M. A., Kence A. (2010). Colony Losses Survey in Turkey and Causes of Bee Deaths. Apidologie, 41(4), 451 – 453.

Giray T.,  Cakmak I.,  Aydin L., Kandemir I., Inci A., Oskay D., Doke M. A.,  Kence M.,  Kence A. (2007). Preliminary Survey Results on 2006–2007 Colony Losses in Turkey. Uludag Bee Journal, 7(3), 101 – 107. Conference Papers

Giray T., Kence M., Oskay D., Doke M. A., Kence A. Honey Bee Colony Losses in Turkey and Their Possible Causes. 5th COLOSS Conference, Motpellier, France 14 – 15 September 2009 Proceedings, p. 42.


2015 – Lloyd E. Adams Grant-In-Aid, Department of Entomology, Pennsylvania State University, PA
2015 – Apes Valentes Graduate Award, Center for Pollinator Research, Pennsylvania State University, PA
2015 – USDA AFRI Student Travel Grant for Presenting in ESA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN
2013 – Lorenzo L. Langstroth Graduate Fellowship in Entomology, Department of Entomology, Pennsylvania State University, PA
2013 – Sahakian Family Endowment for Graduate Education in Agriculture Sciences Scholarship (Travel Award), Collage of Agriculture, Pennsylvania State University, PA