I am an insect physiologist and microanatomist in the laboratory of Dr. Thomas Webster. My research is focused in two areas: (i) studying the pathological processes of Nosema ceranae on the honey bee midgut, and (ii) performing microdissection on the honey bee digestive system to gain a better understanding o the microanatomy and physiology of the honey be midgut.
Currently, I am evaluating the effects of osmotic pressure, pH, ion composition, sugars, incubation time, and temperature on polar filament eversion in N. ceranae spores. In addition, I am dissecting honey bee midguts to determine the role that the peritrophic membrane plays in nectar and pollen digestion. Furthermore, I am studying pollen biology to see if there is a relationship between protein digestion and spore germination.
MSc. Entomology, University of Nebraska (2010) BA English, Western Illinois University (1998).
Marty Matisoff, MSc
Insect Physiologist / Anatomist
208 Atwood Research Building
400 East Main Street
Frankfort, KY 40601
Fax: (502) 597-6551