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

Thamm, Markus


Senior Scientist
Chair of Zoology II   /Scheiner lab
Universität Würzburg
Am Hubland
Building:B1 (Biozentrum)
Research interest

My research focuses on the molecular basis of insect behavioral plasticity. Particularly, I am interested how the distribution of tasks among worker honeybees (Apis mellifera) is regulated. This includes tasks that change with the bees age (nursing behavior versus foraging) and tasks that are not performed age-dependently, i. e. heating behavior. Among others, I am investigating how the regulation of gene expression and biogenic amines (and their receptors) can modulate these processes.

Selected publications
  • Thölken, C., Thamm, M., Erbacher, C., and Lechner, M. (2019) Sequence and structural properties of circular RNAs in the brain of nurse and forager honeybees (Apis mellifera), BMC Genomics20, 88.
  • Scheiner, R., Reim, T., Søvik, E., Entler, B. V., Barron, A. B., and Thamm, M. (2017) Learning, gustatory responsiveness and tyramine differences across nurse and forager honeybees, Journal of Experimental Biology, The Company of Biologists Ltd220, 1443--1450.
  • Thamm, M., Scholl, C., Reim, T., Grübel, K., Möller, K., Rössler, W., and Scheiner, R. (2017) Neuronal distribution of tyramine and the tyramine receptor AmTAR1 in the honeybee brain, Journal of Comparative Neurology525, 2615-2631.
  • Thamm, M., and Scheiner, R. (2014) PKG in honey bees: Spatial expression, Amfor gene expression, sucrose responsiveness, and division of labor, Journal of Comparative Neurology522, 1786--1799.
  • Thamm, M., Balfanz, S., Scheiner, R., Baumann, A., and Blenau, W. (2010) Characterization of the 5-HT1A receptor of the honeybee (Apis mellifera) and involvement of serotonin in phototactic behavior, Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences67, 2467--2479.


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Chair of Zoology II
Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg

Phone: +49 931 31-84307
Fax: +49 931 31-84309

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