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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Elijah Powell J, Ratnayeke N, Moran NA. 2016. Strain diversity and host specificity in a specialized gut symbiont of honey bees and bumble bees. Mol Ecol. 2016 Aug 2. doi: 10.1111/mec.13787. [Epub ahead of print]

Schwarz RS, Moran NA, Evans JD. 2016. Early gut colonizers shape parasite susceptibility and microbiota composition in honey bee workers. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Aug 1. pii: 201606631. [Epub ahead of print]

Tian B, Moran NA. 2016. Genome Sequence of Hafnia alvei bta3_1, a Bacterium with Antimicrobial Properties Isolated from Honey Bee Gut. Genome Announc. 4(3). pii: e00439-16. doi: 10.1128/genomeA.00439-16.

Engel P, Kwong WK, McFrederick Q, Anderson KE, Barribeau SM, Chandler JA, Cornman RS, Dainat J, de Miranda JR, Doublet V, Emery O, Evans JD, Farinelli L, Flenniken ML, Granberg F, Grasis JA, Gauthier L, Hayer J, Koch H, Kocher S, Martinson VG, Moran N, Munoz-Torres M, Newton I, Paxton RJ, Powell E, Sadd BM, Schmid-Hempel P, Schmid-Hempel R, Song SJ, Schwarz RS, vanEngelsdorp D, Dainat B. 2016. The bee microbiome: impact on bee health and model for evolution and ecology of host-microbe interactions. mBio 7(2):e02164-15. doi:10.1128/mBio.02164-15.

Kwong WK, Moran NA. 2016. Gut microbial communities of social bees.Nat Rev Microbiol. 14: 374-384. doi: 10.1038/nrmicro.2016.43

Kwong WK, Moran NA. 2016. Apibacter adventoris gen. nov., sp. nov., a member of the phylum Bacteroidetes isolated from honey bees. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 66: 1323-1329. doi: 10.1099/ijsem.0.000882

Moran NA, Sloan DB. 2015. The Hologenome Concept: Helpful or Hollow? PLoS Biol. 2015 Dec 4;13(12):e1002311. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1002311

Bennett GM, McCutcheon JP, Mcdonald BR, Moran NA. 2015. Lineage-specific patterns of genome deterioration in obligate symbionts of sharpshooter leafhoppers.Genome Biol Evol. 8: 296-301. doi: 10.1093/gbe/evv159.

Li J, Powell JE, Guo J, Evans JD, Wu J, Williams P, Lin Q, Moran NA, Zhang Z. 2015. Two gut community enterotypes recur in diverse bumblebee species. Curr Biol. 25: R652-3. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2015.06.031.

Moran NA. 2015. Genomics of the honey bee microbiome. Curr Opin Insect Sci. 10:22–28. doi: doi:10.1016/j.cois.2015.04.003

Kwong WK, Moran NA. 2015. Evolution of host specialization in gut microbes: the bee gut as a model. Gut Microbes. 6: 214-220. doi: 10.1080/19490976.2015.1047129

Engel P, Bartlett KD, Moran NA. 2015. The bacterium Frischella perrara causes scab formation in the gut of its honeybee host. MBio 6(3). pii: e00193-15. doi: 10.1128/mBio.00193-15.

Bennett GM, Moran NA. 2015. Heritable symbiosis: The advantages and perils of an evolutionary rabbit hole. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A.112: 10169-10176. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1421388112

Moran NA, Yun Y. 2015. Experimental replacement of an obligate insect symbiont. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 112: 2093-2096. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1420037112