Svjetlana Vojvodic

  • 284 Citations
  • 8 h-Index

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Research interests

Research Expertise: 
Host-parasite interactions | Gut microbiome | Social insects

I am interested in understanding a range of symbiotic interactions, from pathogens to beneficial gut microbes. I integrate approaches from microbiology, epidemiology, functional genomics, and behavior in social insect model systems to study these interactions. Social insects live in large societies, much like human society, in which thousands of highly genetically related individuals interact in close proximity, putting them at high risk for disease outbreaks. Consequently, honey bees and most ants have evolved different mechanisms of disease resistance such as: individual innate immune responses; collective colony-level immune response known as social immunity; and immune response generated by beneficial 
symbionts (e.g., mutualistic microbes) found in/on individuals. I am investigating the honey bee diversity and function of gut microbiome; co-evolution and interactions of mutualistic bacteria and pathogenic fungi and the effect they have on bee immunity and behavior. By using social insect networks I am investigating pathogen spread and social immunity within the ant Temnothorax curvispinosus.

Member of:
Entomological Society of America (
International Union for the Study of Social Insects (
Society for Invertebrate Pathology (
Society for the Study of Evolution (
Animal Behavior Society (

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Research Output

  • 284 Citations
  • 8 h-Index
  • 11 Article
  • 1 Review article

Queen presence mediates the relationship between collective behaviour and disease susceptibility in ant colonies

Keiser, C. N., Vojvodic, S., Butler, I. O., Sartain, E., Rudolf, V. H. W. & Saltz, J. B., Mar 2018, In : Journal of Animal Ecology. 87, 2, p. 379-387 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 8 Scopus citations

    Mixed infections reveal virulence differences between host-specific bee pathogens

    Klinger, E. G., Vojvodic, S., DeGrandi-Hoffman, G., Welker, D. L. & James, R. R., Jul 1 2015, In : Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. 129, p. 28-35 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 5 Scopus citations

    The transcriptomic and evolutionary signature of social interactions regulating honey bee caste development

    Vojvodic, S., Johnson, B. R., Harpur, B. A., Kent, C. F., Zayed, A., Anderson, K. E. & Linksvayer, T. A., Nov 2015, In : Ecology and Evolution. 5, 21, p. 4795-4807 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 19 Scopus citations

    Ant colonies prefer infected over uninfected nest sites

    Pontieri, L., Vojvodic, S., Graham, R., Pedersen, J. S. & Linksvayer, T. A., Nov 5 2014, In : PloS one. 9, 11, e111961.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 23 Scopus citations

    Microbial Gut Diversity of Africanized and European Honey Bee Larval Instars

    Vojvodic, S., Rehan, S. M. & Anderson, K. E., Aug 21 2013, In : PloS one. 8, 8, e72106.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 78 Scopus citations