Dr. Nancy A. Moran is the Raymer Endowed Chair in Integrative Biology at the University of Texas-Austin. She completed her doctoral degree in Zoology (1982) at the University of Michigan, and previously served on the faculties of the University of Arizona and Yale University. Her honors include membership in the US National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a MacArthur fellowship, and the International Prize for Biology. Moran studies symbiosis, genome evolution, insect biology, and the evolution of biodiversity generally. She has documented the ancient associations of insects with symbiotic bacteria, and the extreme changes in genomes and in ecological niches that result from symbiotic associations. More recently she has characterized the distinctive gut communities in honey bees and other social bees.