Svjetlana Vojvodic

  • 246 Citations
  • 7 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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honey bees Agriculture & Biology
chalk brood Agriculture & Biology
Smittium Agriculture & Biology
Legeriomycetaceae Agriculture & Biology
honey bee brood Agriculture & Biology
Harpellales Agriculture & Biology
virulence Agriculture & Biology
Bees Medicine & Life Sciences

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Projects 2019 2019

Research Output 2007 2018

  • 246 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
  • 11 Article
  • 1 Review article
7 Citations (Scopus)

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 1 2018, In : Journal of Animal Ecology. 87, 2, p. 379-387 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

group behavior
queen insects
disease resistance
5 Citations (Scopus)

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

mixed infection
17 Citations (Scopus)

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

honey bees
18 Citations (Scopus)

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

nesting sites
68 Citations (Scopus)

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

intestinal microorganisms
honey bees