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Team Leader

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Team Leader

Dr. Esmaeil Amiri

Assistant Extension/Research Professor


Dr. Esmaeil Amiri

Assistant Extension/
Research Professor


Esmaeil Amiri is an Assistant Professor, leading the Center for Pollinator Health at the Delta Research and Extension Center, MSU. He has research and extension responsibilities in pollinator health. 

Esmaeil earned his doctorate from Aarhus University, Denmark, and shortly after that, he became a part of the honey bee research collaboration team in North Carolina. He extended his investigations into viral infections and immune responses in honey bee queens there. Using cutting-edge molecular tools and multi-omics approaches, Esmaeil has further broadened his research scope to include studying queen plasticity, maternal and trans-generational effects in honey bees, all aimed at gaining a deeper insight into how stressors affect queen health and consequently, the well-being of their progeny. In his current position, his research interests manifest in various research and extension projects conducted with his group members.






Esmaeil Amiri is an Assistant Professor, leading the Center for Pollinator Health at the Delta Research and Extension Center, MSU. He has research and extension responsibilities in pollinator health. 

Esmaeil earned his doctorate from Aarhus University, Denmark, and shortly after that, he became a part of the honey bee research collaboration team in North Carolina. He extended his investigations into viral infections and immune responses in honey bee queens there. Using cutting-edge molecular tools and multi-omics approaches, Esmaeil has further broadened his research scope to include studying queen plasticity, maternal and trans-generational effects in honey bees, all aimed at gaining a deeper insight into how stressors affect queen health and consequently, the well-being of their progeny. In his current position, his research interests manifest in various research and extension projects conducted with his group members.






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Post Doctorates

Post Doctorates

Post Doctorates

Dr. Bita Valizadeh



Dr. Bita Valizadeh



Bita Valizadeh is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Pollinator Health at the Delta Research and Extension Center, MSU. Bita graduated with a Ph.D. in Entomology and Virology from Guilan University, Iran and was a visiting researcher in Virology at the University of Queensland, Australia. Bita Joined our lab in August 2023 with a keen interest in insect cell culture. Her research interests include insect cell culture, pesticides, and insect-virus interactions. In particular, the discovery and analysis of host genes that facilitate virus replication and those that are used for defense and immunity at the molecular level. With strong communication and multitasking skills and a keen eye for detail, she is a reliable team member. 






Bita Valizadeh is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Pollinator Health at the Delta Research and Extension Center, MSU. Bita graduated with a Ph.D. in Entomology and Virology from Guilan University, Iran and was a visiting researcher in Virology at the University of Queensland, Australia. Bita Joined our lab in August 2023 with a keen interest in insect cell culture. Her research interests include insect cell culture, pesticides, and insect-virus interactions. In particular, the discovery and analysis of host genes that facilitate virus replication and those that are used for defense and immunity at the molecular level. With strong communication and multitasking skills and a keen eye for detail, she is a reliable team member. 






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Dr. Omar Martinez



Omar joined our research team on April 2023 as a Postdoctoral Fellow. He is originally from Colombia. He earned his undergraduate degree in Animal Science from National University of Colombia, and obtained his MA and PhD in Biological Science – Genetics from University of Sao Paulo – Brazil. Over the last 20 years, He has been experiencing different beekeeping cultures in different commercial beekeeping operations across various countries, including Brazil, New Zealand, and the United States. Currently he is leading two projects with the aim to improve the quality and performance of honey bee queens through maternal investment. Omar is a true beekeeper and help various projects in the lab, too






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Students

Julie Hardy

Graduate Student


Julie Hardy

Graduate Student


Julie Hardy is a graduate student at Mississippi State University and has been a part of the Center for Pollinator Health at the Delta Research and Extension Center since July 2022.

Julie has a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from Delta State University and is now seeking a master's in Entomology. In her time at the Delta Research and Extension Center, Julie has worked on several projects including a study on the morphological size differences in small hive beetle populations, virus transmissions from honey bee larvae to fire ants, and viral infections and immune responses in honey bee queens.






Julie Hardy is a graduate student at Mississippi State University and has been a part of the Center for Pollinator Health at the Delta Research and Extension Center since July 2022.

Julie has a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from Delta State University and is now seeking a master's in Entomology. In her time at the Delta Research and Extension Center, Julie has worked on several projects including a study on the morphological size differences in small hive beetle populations, virus transmissions from honey bee larvae to fire ants, and viral infections and immune responses in honey bee queens.






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Samuel Waldbieser

UnderGraduate Student


Samuel Waldbieser

UnderGraduate Student


Samuel Waldbieser is an enthusiastic undergraduate student at Mississippi State University. Sam joined our lab in May 2023, and since then he has been engaged with the project to understand the dynamics of viruses in varroa mites in the hygienic and none hygienic honey bee populations.






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Other Lab Members

Other Lab Members

Other Lab Members

Somayeh Mehrparvar



Somayeh Mehrparvar



I hold a bachelor's degree in computer science and bring over five years of experience leading the IT department at Water and Waste Water Company. As a lab member in the Center for Pollinator Health, I undertake various responsibilities, including coordinating meetings, procuring lab requirements, troubleshooting, analyzing and visualizing data, and assisting team members whenever needed. Additionally, I design posters and create videos for extension activities, ensuring the successful execution of high-quality workshops. I also create, design, and maintain the lab website and make sure our website is updated with various activities. My focus is on ensuring the success of our research and extension projects and the smooth progress of lab members.






I hold a bachelor's degree in computer science and bring over five years of experience leading the IT department at Water and Waste Water Company. As a lab member in the Center for Pollinator Health, I undertake various responsibilities, including coordinating meetings, procuring lab requirements, troubleshooting, analyzing and visualizing data, and assisting team members whenever needed. Additionally, I design posters and create videos for extension activities, ensuring the successful execution of high-quality workshops. I also create, design, and maintain the lab website and make sure our website is updated with various activities. My focus is on ensuring the success of our research and extension projects and the smooth progress of lab members.






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Vanessa Bonatti



Vanessa Bonatti



I graduated in Biological Sciences (Teaching certificate) from the Federal University of Alfenas (2009), and I have an MSc (2012) and (2018) PhD in Biological Sciences (Genetics) from the University of Sao Paulo - Brazil. As part of my PhD, I have also spent six months at the City College of New York (CUNY-USA), where I performed phylogeographic analysis using NGS data. I have wet lab experience with molecular biology routines, as well as experience with bioinformatics tools.





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Doug Meredith



Doug Meredith



Doug is a Mississippi State graduate in Electrical Engineering, originally from Greenville, Mississippi. Retired from the manufacturing industry serving in roles in Project Management, Vice President of Operations and Engineering Manager, in the field of plastics recycling and extrusion. He is a volunteer with Hives for Heroes and the MSU Extension Master Gardener Program in Tishomingo County. Outside of work, his hobbies are gardening, beekeeping and pickleball. He is currently living in Corinth, MS with his wife Lynda and two dogs, Lucy (golden retriever) and Buddy (foster rescue beagle).






Doug is a Mississippi State graduate in Electrical Engineering, originally from Greenville, Mississippi. Retired from the manufacturing industry serving in roles in Project Management, Vice President of Operations and Engineering Manager, in the field of plastics recycling and extrusion. He is a volunteer with Hives for Heroes and the MSU Extension Master Gardener Program in Tishomingo County. Outside of work, his hobbies are gardening, beekeeping and pickleball. He is currently living in Corinth, MS with his wife Lynda and two dogs, Lucy (golden retriever) and Buddy (foster rescue beagle).






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Future Scientist

Future Scientist

Elena Amiri



Elena is a bright 4th-grade student who loves solving puzzles and drawing different things. She is great in her classes and is a big hit with her teachers. Elena also loves making things and selling them. Right now, she is writing her book. Her hobbies are reading, drawing, crafting, and writing. Elena has a YouTube channel where she shares the books she is reading with other kids. She has two Parakeets named Oreo and Creamy and two chickens, Hannah and Vanilla.






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Elena Amiri


Elena is a bright 4th-grade student who loves solving puzzles and drawing different things. She is great in her classes and is a big hit with her teachers. Elena also loves making things and selling them. Right now, she is writing her book. Her hobbies are reading, drawing, crafting, and writing. Elena has a YouTube channel where she shares the books she is reading with other kids. She has two Parakeets named Oreo and Creamy and two chickens, Hannah and Vanilla.







Past Team Members

Hossam Aboushaara

Postdoc

April 2022 - April 2023

Hossam Aboushaara

Postdoc

April 2022 - April 2023

Hanna James

Graduate Student

May 2023 - Aug 2023

Yasmin Veal

UnderGraduate Student

May 2023 - Aug 2023

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Past Team Members

Hossam Aboushaara

Hossam Aboushaara

Hossam Aboushaara

Postdoc

Postdoc

Postdoc

April 2022 - April 2023

April 2022 - April 2023

April 2022 - April 2023

Akanksha Sehgal

Akanksha Sehgal

Akanksha Sehgal

Postdoc

Postdoc

Postdoc

April 2022 - Nov 2022

April 2022 - Nov 2022

April 2022 - Nov 2022

Hanna James

Hanna James

Hanna James

Graduate Student

Graduate Student

Graduate Student

May 2023 - Aug 2023

May 2023 - Aug 2023

May 2023 - Aug 2023

Yasmin Veal

Yasmin Veal

Yasmin Veal

UnderGraduate Student

UnderGraduate Student

UnderGraduate Student

May 2023 - Aug 2023

May 2023 - Aug 2023

May 2023 - Aug 2023

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