Mike Goblirsch is a graduate student in the Department of Entomology at the University of Minnesota. His research focuses on understanding how emerging pathogens such as the fungus, Nosema ceranae, contribute to poor health and productivity in honey bee colonies. In addition, he has developed a honey bee cell line that will serve as a powerful tool for understanding the mechanisms of infection and transmission of intracellular microbes that cause disease in bees. He originates for rural southwestern Minnesota, where he keeps bees for a hobby along with his father. He enjoys working with and especially learning from beekeepers.