A. kondoi


My long-term interests are in the evolution of biological complexity, such as that apparent in complex life histories, in intimate interactions among species, and in species-diversity of clades and communities.

My focus is on symbiosis, particularly that between multicellular hosts and microbes.


Professional History

Publications (last two years)

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Zheng H, Steele MI, Leonard SP, Motta EVS, Moran NA. 2018. Honey bees as models for gut microbiota research. Lab Anim (NY). 47: 317-325. doi: 10.1038/s41684-018-0173-x.

Raymann K, Coon KL, Shaffer Z, Salisbury S, Moran NA. 2018. Pathogenicity of Serratia marcescens Strains in Honey Bees. MBio. 9(5). pii: e01649-18. doi: 10.1128/mBio.01649-18.

Motta EVS, Raymann K, Moran NA. 2018. Glyphosate perturbs the gut microbiota of honey bees. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. [epub ahead of print] September 24, 2018

Powell JE, Eiri D, Moran NA, Rangel J. 2018. Modulation of the honey bee queen microbiota: Effects of early social contact. PLoS One. 13(7) :e0200527. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0200527

Raymann K, Moran NA. 2018. The role of the gut microbiome in health and disease of adult honey bee workers. Curr Opin Insect Sci. 26: 97-104. doi: 10.1016/j.cois.2018.02.012

Raymann K, Motta EVS, Girard C, Riddington IM, Dinser JA, Moran NA. 2018. Imidacloprid decreases honey bee survival but does not affect the gut microbiome. Appl Environ Microbiol.84(13). pii: e00545-18. doi: 10.1128/AEM.00545-18

Leonard SP, Perutka J, Powell JE, Geng P, Richhart DD, Byrom M, Kar S, Davies BW, Ellington AD, Moran NA, Barrick JE. 2018. Genetic engineering of bee gut microbiome bacteria with a toolkit for modular assembly of broad-host-range plasmids. ACS Synth Biol. 7: 1279-1290. doi: 10.1021/acssynbio.7b00399.

Kwong WK, Steele MI, Moran NA. 2018. Genome sequences of Apibacter spp., gut symbionts of Asian honey bees. Genome Biol Evol.10: 1174-1179. doi: 10.1093/gbe/evy076.

Mockler BK, Kwong WK, Moran NA, Koch H. 2018. Microbiome structure influences infection by the parasite Crithidia bombi in bumble bees. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2018 Jan 26. pii: AEM.02335-17. doi: 10.1128/AEM.02335-17. [Epub ahead of print]

Chong RA, Moran NA. 2018. Evolutionary loss and replacement of Buchnera, the obligate endosymbiont of aphids. ISME J.12: 898-908. doi: 10.1038/s41396-017-0024-6

Raymann K, Bobay LM, Moran NA. 2018. Antibiotics reduce genetic diversity of core species in the honeybee gut microbiome. Mol Ecol. 27: 2057-2066. doi: 10.1111/mec.14434.

Steele MI, Kwong WK, Whiteley M, Moran NA. 2017. Diversification of type VI secretion system toxins reveals ancient antagonism among bee gut microbes. MBio. 8: e01630-17. doi: 10.1128/mBio.01630-17

Martinson VG, Carpinteyro-Ponce J, Moran NA, Markow TA. 2017. A distinctive and host-restricted gut microbiota in populations of a cactophilic Drosophila. Appl Environ Microbiol.83: pii: e01551-17. doi: 10.1128/AEM.01551-17

Kwong WK, Zheng H, Moran NA. 2017. Convergent evolution of a modified, acetate-driven TCA cycle in bacteria. Nat Microbiol. 2:17067. doi: 10.1038/nmicrobiol.2017.67.

Zheng H, Powell JE, Steele MI, Dietrich C, Moran NA. 2017. Honeybee gut microbiota promotes host weight gain via bacterial metabolism and hormonal signaling. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 114: 4775-4780. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1701819114

Kwong WK, Medina LA, Koch H, Sing K-W, Soh EJY, Ascher JS, Jaffé R, Moran NA. 2107. Dynamic microbiome evolution in social bees. Sci Adv. 3(3): e1600513. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.1600513

Raymann K, Shaffer Z, Moran NA. 2017. Antibiotic exposure perturbs the gut microbiota and elevates mortality in honeybees. PLoS Biol. 15(3):e2001861. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.2001861

Kwong WK, Mancenido AL, Moran NA. 2017. Immune system stimulation by the native gut microbiota of honey bees. R Soc Open Sci. 4: 170003.

Moran NA. 2017. Old and new symbiotic partners in lachnine aphids. Environ Microbiol. 19: 7. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.13516. Commentary