Jonathan Snow

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

The primary focus of our current research is the cellular stress responses of the honey bee, a species that is crucial to agricultural and ecological systems. Honey bee colonies in the United States and elsewhere have suffered from an increased rate of die-off in recent years, stemming from a complex set of interacting stresses that remain inadequately described. Environmental stressors suspected of playing a part in recent honey bee losses include nutritional stress, chemical poisoning from pesticides, alterations to normal living conditions due to large-scale beekeeping practices, and infection by pathogenic microbes.

Studies to understand the cellular stress response of the bee will be critical to solving the problems that confront this fascinating organism. To pursue these questions, we hope to increase understanding at various levels, including the colony, the individual bee, the cell, and the molecular pathway.

Using the honey bee as a model also promises to improve our understanding of the dialogue between humans and our environment and will help move our society toward a more sustainable future.

Academic Focus: 

Cellular Stress Responses
Signal transduction
Regulation of gene expression


Cell Biology
Laboratory in Cell Biology
Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
Senior Seminar in Immunology
Research Apprenticeship Seminar


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Office Hours: 

Wed 11AM-12PM

Thur 10-11AM


•    B.A., Williams College
•    Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences Program, University of California, San Francisco
•    Research Fellow, Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University

In the News

A smartphone based program can detect spores in honey bees that are believed to be a factor in their decline. 

For five years, Barnard has supported an increasing number of STEM students through the Summer Research Institute (SRI).

In the summer and fall of 2017, Barnard's exceptional faculty were awarded multiple prestigious research grants and fellowships.

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