• The University of Western Australia (M316), 35 Stirling Highway, Room 4.75, Bayliss Building, Perth campus

    6009 Perth


  • The University of Western Australia (M316), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Dr Julia Grassl is a Molecular Biologist and Honey Bee Researcher in the School of Molecular Sciences at the University of Western Australia. Dr Grassl obtained a PhD in Molecular Biology from Swansea University in the UK in 2007 and moved to Perth in 2009. As a group leader of the Honey Bee Health Research Group, her work now focusses on the impacts of genetic diversity, disease and nutrition on honey bee health.  Working closely with beekeepers her work provides tools and answers for breeding healthy bees, detecting disease and finding nutrition thresholds through the application of molecular techniques. As a Program Leader for the CRC for Honey Bee Products in Honey Bee Health, her group is working hard to build sensors for non-invasive detection of AFB. Her work has advanced want we know about  disease resistance in bees and is studying the effects of nutrition and supplementary feeding for healthier and more productive bees.



Roles and responsibilities

Group Leader: Honey Bee Health Research Group

Funding overview


AgriFutures Australia - Diagnostics for American Foulbrood in Honey Bees - 26/10/20 → 31/03/23

AgriFutures Australia - Setting new standards for honey bee nutrition in Australian Bee Stock - 28/02/22 → 28/06/25


CRC HBP Project 19 - Molecular marker identification for disease resistance and implementation into a bee breeding program - 2017-2022

CRC HBP Project 20 - Honey bee disease diagnostics - 2017-2022

CRC HBPProject 21 - Honey Bee Nutrition - Early detection of malnutrition and colony collapse - 2017-2022

2010-2011 Research Development Award “Visualising Proteins in Soybean Cotyledons for the Spatial Analysis of Plant Development”
UWA funding scheme


2018 UWA Faculty of Science - Rising Star Award

2010 Early Postdoctoral Fellow Travel Award to attend the 2010 Human Proteome Organization Congress (HUPO) Congress in Sydney
Australian Proteomics Society

2008 Dissemination Grant to cover costs for colour page charges for publication in PROTEOMICS
UCD internal Seed funding scheme.

2008 Travel grant to poster presentation and travel costs for Siena Proteomics meeting in Italy
Denator AB

2006 and 2007 Travel Grants (£400 each) to give a talk (2006) and present a poster (2007) at the BSPR proteomics meeting in Hinxton, UK (by
British Mass Spectrometer Society

2003 Fees-only bursary from Swansea University for PhD research degree

Previous positions

Postdoctoral Researcher
UCD Conway Institute
University College Dublin

Industrial relevance

Safeguarding honey bees: Making the beekeeping industry more sustainable.

Teaching overview

BIOC5001 Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Techniques
GENE5001 Advanced Genomics Techniques
SCI4001 The Objectives and Applications of Genomics


Honey Bee Diseases, Host parasite interactions, Honey Bee Nutrition, quantitative Proteomics and Genomics


German and English

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Cancer biomarkers, PhD (Medical Genetics) , Swansea University

1 Sept 200330 Jun 2007

Award Date: 12 Sept 2007

Genetics, BSc (1st. Hons), University College of Swansea (University of Wales)

12 Sept 19987 May 2003

Award Date: 7 Jun 2003

External positions

Program leader, Cooperative Research Centre for Honey Bee Products

1 Oct 201730 Jun 2022

Research expertise keywords

  • Honey Bees
  • Quantitative proteomics
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Protein separations
  • Honey bee nutrition
  • Host Parasite interactions
  • Bee diseases
  • Metabolomics
  • Proteomics


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