Dr. Elina Lastro Niño

Elina Nino

Position Title
Extension Apiculturist, Entomology and Nematology

Department of Entomology and Nematology

117 Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility

Dr. Niño's research interests are broad and range form understanding reproductive processes involved in queen bee mating to developing and evaluating new control methods to combat Varroa. More recent research efforts have focused on understanding benefits of supplemental forage crops within agricultural systems. In her extension role, Niño is overseeing the recently UC ANR funded Master Beekeeper Program at UC Davis. Her program offers many beekeeping courses and upcoming efforts will focus on the development of the Pollinator Education Program for kids and youth.


  • B.S. Animal Science, Cornell University
  • M.S. Entomology, North Carolina State University
  • Ph. D. Entomology, The Pennsylvania State University

Laboratory Research Interests: Honey Bee Biology, Health, and Breeding, Behavior, Reproductive Physiology, Genomics, Chemical Ecology, Sociology of Beekeeping.

Selected Research Publications:

  • Doublet, V, Y. Poeschl, A. Gogol-Döring, C. Alaux, C. Aurori, S. M. Barribeau, O. Bedoya Reina, M. J. F. Brown, J. C. Bull, M. L. Flenniken, D. A. Galbraith, E. Genersch, I. Grosse, H. L. Holt, D. Hultmark, H. M. G. Lattorff, Y. Le Conte, F. Manfredini, D. P. McMahon, R. F. A. Moritz, F. Nazzi, K. Nowick, E. L. Niño, R. van Rij, R. J. Paxton and C. M. Grozinger. (2017) Unity in defence: honeybee workers exhibit conserved molecular responses to diverse pathogens. BMC genomics18(1), 207.
  • Niño, E. L. and W. C. Jasper. (2015) Improving the future of honey bee breeding programs by employing recent scientific advances. Current Opinions in Insect Science. 10: 163-169. doi:10.1016/j.cois.2015.05.005
  • Fuller, Z. L., E. L. Niño, H. M. Patch, O. C. Bedoya-Reina, T. Baumgarten, E. Muli, F. Mumoki, J. McGraw, M. Frazier, D. Masiga, S. Schuster, W. Miller and C. M. Grozinger. (2015) Genome-wide analysis of signatures of selection in populations of African honey bees (Apis mellifera) using web-based tools. BMC Genomics 16:518 DOI 10.1186/s12864-015-1712-0
  • Galbraith, D., Yang, X., E. L. Niño, Yi, S. and C. M. Grozinger. (2015) Parallel epigenomic and transcriptomic responses to viral infection in honey bees (Apis mellifera). PLoS Pathogens. 11(3): e1004713, DOI:0.1371/journal.ppat.1004713.
  • Malka, O., E. L. Niño, C. M. Grozinger, and A. Hefetz. (2014) Genomic analysis of the interactions between social environment and social communication systems in honey bees (Apis mellifera). Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 47: 36-45.
  • Niño, E. L., O. Malka, A. Hefetz, D. R. Tarpy, and C. M. Grozinger. (2013) Pheromone production in two glands is differentially regulated by distinct mating factors in honey bee queens (Apis mellifera L.). PLoS ONE. 8 (11): e78637.
  • Niño, E. L., D. R. Tarpy, and C. M. Grozinger. (2013) Differential effects of insemination volume and substance on reproductive changes in honey bee queens (Apis mellifera L.). Insect Molecular Biology. 22: 233–244.
  • Peso, M., E. L. Niño, C. M. Grozinger, and A. Barron. (2013) Effect of honey bee queen mating condition on worker ovary activation. Insectes Sociaux. 60(2): 123-133.
  • Niño, E. L., O. Malka, A. Hefetz, P. Teal, J. Hayes, and C. M. Grozinger. (2012) Effects of honey bee (Apis mellifera) queen insemination volume on worker behavior and physiology. Journal of Insect Physiology. 58(8): 1082-1089.
  • Niño, E. L., D. R. Tarpy, and C. M. Grozinger. (2011) Genome-wide analysis of brain transcriptional changes in honey bee queens (Apis mellifera L.) exposed to carbon dioxide and physical manipulation. Insect Molecular Biology. 20(30): 387-398.

Selected Extension Publications:

  • Bolshakova, V. and E. L. Niño. Bees and Neighbor Coexistence: Best Management Practices and Guidelines for Urban and Suburban Beekeeping” (Accepted, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Publications)
  • Niño, E. L. 2017. “The American Bee Research Report: A Summary Of The Proceedings From Galveston” Bee Culture. May: 38-39.
  • Niño, E. L. 2017. “What’s the buzz about bees and antibiotics?” California Veterinarian. 71 (2): 30-32.
  • Frazier, M., Niño, E. L. and C. M. Grozinger. 2015. “Grafting” Bee Culture. Feb: 38-39.