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Dr. Zayed is an Associate Professor of Biology and York University’s Research Chair in Genomics. He completed his PhD in Biology in 2006 at York University, then held an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois (2006–2008). He later served as a Fellow for the Genomics of Neural and Behavioral Plasticity Theme at the Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois (2008–2009). Dr. Zayed rejoined the Department of Biology at York University in 2009, where he leads a research program on the genetics, genomics and behaviour of social insects using the honey bee as a model organism. He received the Governor General’s Gold Medal in 2007, the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation’s Early Researcher Award in 2010, the Faculty of Science’s Early Career Researcher Award in 2014, a York Research Chair in 2015, and York University’s President Emerging Research Leadership Award in 2017. He was recently awarded the Entomological Society of Canada’s Gordon C. Hewitt Award for outstanding contributions to the field of entomology.