Kennedy, Anissa

Anissa Kennedy
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

Curriculum Vitae


Seit 2018 Doctorate of Science in Organismal and Molecular Evolution Biology (Mainz, Germany)
Title: Genomic Basis of Honey Bee Foraging Behavior
2016 - 2018 Masters of Science in Biology University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Greensboro, NC USA)
Title: “Increased Stress Resistance in Socially Manipulated Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) Workers
2013 - 2016 Bachelors of Science in Biology Winston-Salem State University (Winston-Salem, NC USA)


Work experience

Seit 2018


PhD Position, Johannes Gutenberg Universität (Mainz, Germany)
Supervisors: Christoph Grüter and Susanne Foitzik
Project: Genomic Basis of Honey Bee Foraging

2016 - 2018


Graduate Student Teaching Assistant
Biology Department
University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC USA

Juni - Juli 2015


Research Assistant: Summer Undergraduate Research Assistant
Sustainable Technology Department
University of Malaysia and Swinburne University Sarawak Campus, Kuching, Malaysia

2015 - 2016


Research Assistant
Chemistry Department
Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC USA

2014 - 2016


Chemistry Supplemental Instructor
Chemistry Department
Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC USA
Juni - August 2014 National Science Foundation Research Fellow
Biology Department
Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC USA

2012 - 2016


Research Assistant: Behavioral Ecology
Biology Department
Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC USA



I am generally interested in the molecular and environmental mechanisms driving honey bee behavior and physiology outside of reproduction. The complexity of social insect societies makes them the perfect model to gain fundamental knowledge and explore research topics such as foraging behavior, stress resistance, and life history trade-offs. In my master’s I was able to explore stress resistance related to life history trade-offs to discover some non-reproductive roles of the egg yolk protein vitellogenin. During my PhD, I will focus on elucidating the genetic basis of foraging behavior in honey bee workers, specifically genetic components that determine the use of social vs private information.


Kennedy, A., Peng, T., Glaser, S. M., Linn, M., Foitzik, S., & Grüter, C. (2021). Use of waggle dance information in honey bees is linked to gene expression in the antennae, but not in the brain. Molecular Ecology30(11), 2676-2688.

 Kennedy, A., Herman, J., & Rueppell, O. (2021). Reproductive activation in honeybee (Apis mellifera) workers protects against abiotic and biotic stress. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B376(1823), 20190737.

Waiker, P., Baral, S., Kennedy, A. et al. (2018). Foraging and homing behavior of honey bee (Apis mellifera) during a total solar eclipse. The Science of Nature (2019) 106: 4.

Rueppell, O., Kennedy, A. (2019). Aging and Behavior in Honey Bees. In: Choe, J.C. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, (2nd ed.). vol. 4, pp. 709–715. Elsevier, Academic Press.


Institut für Organismische und
Molekulare Evolutionsbiologie
Anissa Kennedy
Hanns-Dieter-Hüsch-Weg 15
​5518 Mainz
Tel.: +49 6131 39 27853
Fax: +49 6131 39 27850