Dr. Amy L Toth

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Assistant Professor

Amy Toth is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology and Entomology at Iowa State University. Amy is interested in the mechanisms and evolution of insect sociality, using paper wasps and honey bees as model systems. Current research projects involve de novo sequencing of paper wasp genomes and transcriptomes, comparative genomic analysis of Hymenoptera, genomic and epigenetic mechanisms regulating caste evolution, and the influences of nutrition and viruses on honey bee behavior and health. Amy received her PhD from the University of Illinois with Gene Robinson, and did postdoctoral work with Christina Grozinger at Pennsylvania State University.​

Area of Expertise: 
Comparative Genomics
Evolutionary Genomics
Education: 
B.A., Biology, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, 2000
PhD., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, 2006
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