Gro V. Amdam

Gro V. Amdam
Phone: (480) 727-0895
Office: ISTB1 314
Education: PhD, 2003, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Curriculum Vitae: PDF icon CV_Amdam_2014.pdf

Gro Amdam is a Norwegian biologist who is internationally known for her research on behavior and aging in honey bees. Amdam received her MSc (1999) and PhD (2003) degrees at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences before moving to the U.S. to do postdoctoral work at the University of California, Davis.

Amdam has published more than 90 research articles and received several research awards.  She maintains a lab at the University of Life Sciences in Norway, and promotes student exchange between both countries.

Her lab uses the honey bee to study the origins of social behavior. Amdam's research team investigates honey bee social structure to understand how social behavior evolved from ancestral solitary forms of life. As her team has gained a better understanding of honey bee behavior, it has expanded its research to include aging and epigenetics.

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  • Havukainen, H., Munch, D., Baumann, A., Zhong, S., Halskau, O., Krogsgaard, M., Amdam, G.V. (2013) Vitellogenin recognizes cell damage through membrane binding and shields living cells from reactive oxygen species. Journal of Biological Chemistry 288: 28369-81
  • Amdam, G.V. (2011) Social context, stress, and plasticity of aging. Aging Cell 10: 18-27.
  • Wang, Y., Mutti, N.S, Ihle, K.E., Siegel, A., Dolezal, A.G., Kaftanoglu, O. and Amdam, G. V. (2010) Down-regulation of honeybee IRS gene biases behavior toward food rich in protein. PLoS Genetics 6, e1000896.
  • Seehuus, S.-C., Norberg, K., Gimsa, U., Krekling, T. and Amdam, G.V. (2006) Reproductive protein protects sterile honey bee workers from oxidative stress. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA 103: 962-67.
  • Amdam, G.V., Csondes, A., Fondrk, M.K. and Page, R.E. (2006) Complex social behaviour derived from maternal reproductive traits. Nature 439: 76-8.


  • A honey bee i s born.
    This honey bee is ready to join the colony workforce, but first she must make her way out of the wax-covered cell where she developed. Photo: Christofer Bang
  • Bee brain
    Brain activity in the bee.
  • Queen bee and worker
    The honey bee is a wonderful laboratory animal for studies of social and behavioral development. Photo: Christofer Bang
  • Bee on sugar
    Individual perception of sugar among honey bees is associated with many other traits, including variation in social behavior. Photo: Christofer Bang
  • Bees painted to keep track
    During experiments, we keep track of different groups of bees by painting their backs in specific colors. Photo: Christofer Bang
  • Social Insect Research Group (SIRG). Take a look at some of the labs and study organisms with ASU's SIRG.