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Michael L. Smith

Assistant Professor

Postdoctoral Fellow, Collective Behavior – Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior / University of Konstanz
Ph.D., Neurobiology and Behavior – Cornell University
A.B., Molecular Biology – Princeton University

Michael is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Auburn University. He’s interested in how honey bee colonies function, how their nests are organized, and how individual bees detect the developmental state of their colony.

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Jitesh Jhawar

Postdoctoral Researcher

Ph.D., Center for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
M.Tech, Department of Biological Sciences and Bioengineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
B.Tech, Department of Biotechnology, Madhav Institute of Technology and Science, Gwalior

Jitesh is a Postdoctoral Researcher investigating the role of heterogeneity amongst individuals in the dynamics of collective behavior. He uses a composite approach, involving mathematical modeling and advanced data analysis techniques such as non-linear dimensionality reduction. His broad goal is to identify commonalities and differences across scales of living organisms, from honey bees to human cells. Jitesh is based in Konstanz, and works with an interdisciplinary team of physicists and experimental biologists, based in Konstanz, Bristol, and Auburn.

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Postdoctoral Researcher

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B.A., bla bla bla

The Smith Bee Lab officially OPENS at Auburn University on January 1st 2021. We are currently accepting applications at all levels. Learn more


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Or this!

PhD Candidate

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The Smith Bee Lab officially OPENS at Auburn University on January 1st 2021. We are currently accepting applications at all levels. Learn more


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PhD Researcher

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PhD Researcher

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Or maybe this!

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Undergraduate Researcher

B.A. in Biology - Auburn University, expected graduation XXXX

The Smith Bee Lab officially OPENS at Auburn University on January 1st 2021. We are currently accepting applications at all levels. Learn more


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Undergraduate Researcher

B.A. in Biology - Auburn University, expected graduation XXXX


…but you can’t be a Postdoc, PhD, and Undergrad all at once (look, there are physiological limits)