Hamidreza Ardalani

PhD Student

Hamidreza Ardalani


Currently, I am working on my Ph.D., studying the uptake and metabolization of phytochemicals and pesticides in honey bees. I am using the combination of state-of-the-art techniques including chromatography, mass spectrometry and, metabolomics to answer my project questin which is "how plant secondary metabolites enhance the honey bees' detoxification system".


Ph.D. project: Effects of dietary phytochemicals on residual pesticide concentrations in honey bees – a metabolomics approach


 Aims: Honey bees are ideal pollinators and subject to numerous stresses such as reduced flower diversity, new parasites, and chronical exposure to agrochemicals. In this project, I attempt to investigate the effects of plant secondary metabolites on the detoxification system of honey bees when the bees are co-exposed to pesticides. The combination of analytical techniques (LC-Qtrap-MS/MS, GC-TOF-MS, LC-Orbitrap-MS/MS) and metabolomics approaches will provide a comprehensive insight in this project. Investigation of how plant secondary metabolites enhance the honey bees' detoxification system, can help to undrestand how honey bees encounter the toxicity of chemicals in an agricultural setting.


Research Interests:


Mass spectrometry

Natural products chemistry

Chemical biology



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