Short CV/Education and training

  • 1998
    1st State examination for grammar-school teaching certification in the subjects biology and English

  • 1998 – 2003
    Research assistant at TU Berlin, under the Chair in animal physiology

  • 2001
    Doctorate (Doctor of Natural Science, Dr rer. nat.) at TU Berlin

  • 2003 – 2009
    Research associate at TU Berlin, under the Chair in animal physiology

  • Since 2005
    Adjunct Assistant Professor at Arizona State University, Phoenix, USA

  • 2008
    Authorisation to teach the subject zoology in Faculty VI at TU Berlin

  • 2009 – 2014
    Head of a Heisenberg junior research group at the University of Potsdam, under the Chair in zoophysiology

  • Since 2014
    Professor for neuroethology of the arthropods at the University of Würzburg

Selected publications

  • Reim T, Scheiner R. Division of labour in honey bees: age- and task-related changes in the expression of octopamine receptor genes. Insect Molecular Biology 23, 2014:833-841.

  • Scheiner R, Steinbach A, Claßen G, Strudthoff N, Scholz H. Octopamine indirectly affects proboscis extension response habituation in Drosophila melano-gaster by controlling sucrose responsiveness. Journal of Insect Physiology 69, 2014:107-117.

  • Thamm M, Scheiner R. PKG in honey bees: spatial expression, Amfor gene expression, sucrose responsiveness and division of labor. Journal of Comparative Neurology 522(8), 2014: 1786-1799.

  • Scheiner, R; Abramson, C I; Brodschneider, R; Crailsheim, K; Farina, W; Fuchs, S; Grünewald, B; Hahshold, S; Karrer, M; Koeniger, G; Koeniger, N; Menzel, R; Mujagic, S; Radspieler, G; Schmickl, T; Schneider, C; Siegel, A J; Szopek, M; Thenius, R (2013) Standard methods for behavioural studies of Apis mellifera. In V Dietemann; J D Ellis; P Neumann (Eds) The COLOSS BEEBOOK, Volume I: standard methods for Apis mellifera research. Journal of Apicultural Research 52(4):

  • Scheiner R. 2012. Birth weight and sucrose responsiveness predict cognitive skills of honey bee foragers. Animal Behaviour 84: 305-308.

  • Behrends A, Scheiner R. 2012. Octopamine improves learning in newly emerged bees but not in old foragers. Journal of Experimental Biology 215: 1076-1083.

  • Behrends, A., Scheiner, R.: Evidence for associative learning in newly emerged honey bees (Apis mellifera). In: Animal Cognition 12, 2009. S. 249-255.

  • Scheiner, R., Amdam, G.V.: Impaired tactile learning is related to social role in honey bees. In: Journal of Experimental Biology 212, 2009. S. 994-1002.

  • Scheiner, R., Blenau, W., Baumann, A.: Aminergic control and modulation of honeybee behaviour. In: Current Neuropharmacology 4, 2006. S. 259-276.

  • Scheiner, R. et al. 2005: Sensory responsiveness and the effects of equal subjective rewards on tactile learning and memory of honeybees. In: Learning & Memory 12, 2005 S. 626-635.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • The role of cGMP and PKG in sensory responsiveness and learning of honey bees (current German Research Foundation (DFG) project)

  • The relationships between the biogenic amine system, sensory response thresholds and division of labour (current DFG project within Research Unit)

  • The biogenic amine system, ageing and associative learning in honey bees (completed DFG project)

  • Aging, division of labour and learning in honey bees (collaboration with Prof. G. V. Amdam, Arizona State University, USA)

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Married with two children


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