2018 AGRO New Investigator Award Finalist – Scott O’Neal

Scott O'NealScott O’Neal earned his PhD in Entomology from Virginia Tech in 2017 under the direction of Troy Anderson. Although he initially began his graduate research in the area of virology and vector biology, his focus shifted to the study of ion channel-mediated regulation of honey bee cardiac function and antiviral immunity when he was awarded a USDA NIFA Predoctoral Fellowship. In the course of his research, Scott developed novel tools and approaches that could be used to understand better how exposure to environmental stressors, including pesticides, influence honey bee health and antiviral immunity. Currently, he is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he continues to investigate questions related to honey bee physiology and immunity, in addition to developing projects related to the toxicology of disease vector mosquitoes.

Scott currently serves as the instructor for an undergraduate core biology lab course and will be teaching the graduate level course Insect Toxicology in the upcoming fall semester. He was also recently awarded the North Central Branch of the Entomological Society of America’s Excellence in Early Career Award. His previous education includes a BS in Genetics and Microbiology from Purdue University and a MS in Forensic Science from Virginia Commonwealth University.