• Honeybees (partly marked) on the edge of a brood frame
Chair of Behavioral Physiology & Sociobiology

Kaya-Zeeb, Sinan

Sinan Kaya-Zeeb

PhD student
Zoology II / Thamm lab
Universität Würzburg
Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg
Building: Biozentrum (B1)
Room: D109a
Link: Thamm lab
Portrait of Sinan Kaya-Zeeb

The western honeybee (Apis mellifera) has due to her thermoregulatory capabilities the possibility to adapt to a wide variety of climatic conditions. Thus, this species can be found almost everywhere in Europe and Africa. The thermo regulatory abilities includes the production of heat via muscle shivering (thermogenesis). This exciting behavior is essential for honey bees and allows them to warm their brood and to survive during the winter.

The focus of my research lies on the investigation of the role of biogenic amines and their specific receptors in the honeybee heat production. Their physiological importance for thermogenesis has not been investigated so far. For these investigations I would like to take advantage of the knowledge and skills I have acquired during my studies of pharmacy and biology. I want to apply a wide range of different techniques from pharmaceutical and instrumental chemistry (e.g. HPLC), immunohistochemistry (e.g. antibody staining), molecular biology (e.g. qRT-PCR), and behavioral pharmacology (including thermography).

  • Walking bumblebees see faster Rother, Lisa; Müller, Robin; Kirschenmann, Erwin; Foster, James J.; Kaya-Zeeb, Sinan; Thamm, Markus; Pfeiffer, Keram in Proceedings of the Royal Society B (2023). 290 20230460.
  • Robustness of the honeybee neuro-muscular octopaminergic system in the face of cold stress Kaya-Zeeb, Sinan; Delac, Saskia; Wolf, Lena; Marante, Ana Luiza; Scherf-Clavel, Oliver; Thamm, Markus in Frontiers in Physiology (2022). 13
  • Octopamine drives honeybee thermogenesis Kaya-Zeeb, Sinan; Engelmayer, Lorenz; Straßburger, Mara; Bayer, Jasmin; Bähre, Heike; Seifert, Roland; Scherf-Clavel, Oliver; Thamm, Markus in eLife (2022). 11 e74334.
  • Monophyletic clades of Macaranga-pollinating thrips show high specificity to taxonomic sections of host plants Fiala, Brigitte; Wells, Konstans; Haubenreisser, Julia; Pittroff, Andreas; Kaya-Zeeb, Sinan; Chung, Arthur Y. C.; Bin Hashim, Rosli; Keller, Alexander in Biological Journal of the Linnean Society (2015). 116(3) 558–570.