Hasan Al Toufailia took his Masters and PhD degrees at LASI studying honey bees. His PhD was on the control of honey bee diseases including the use of hygienic behaviour to control varroa and deformed wing virus. He will be the chief research technician for LASI Queen Bees.
Luciano Scandian is a research technician and is LASI’s honey bee research facilities manager. Before joining LASI four years ago, he had 30 years of experience as a part time commercial beekeeper in Sussex,keeping an average of 70 colonies for honey production.
Francis Ratnieks is head of the Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects (LASI) at the University of Sussex and Professor of Apiculture. He is an experienced practical beekeeper. When living in the United States of America he owned up to 180 colonies which he used for honey production, almond pollination and queen rearing.
Karin Alton received her PhD in Entomology at the University of Nottingham. For the past 6 years she has been working at LASI going both research and outreach, and is in charge of LASI's program of workshops including those on hygienic behaviour.
Nick Balfour took his PhD at LASI studying honey bee foraging, pollination, and the effects of neonicotinoid insecticides. During his PhD he learned how to manage hives. He will be using his beekeeping skills to help LASI Queen Bees get started.