School of Life Sciences

Prof Michael Lattorff

Associate Professor

Prof Lattorff received a PhD in Biology (2005) and a Habilitation in Zoology (2013) from the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. Before joining UKZN in 2024, he worked for several years in Kenya at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) and the University of Nairobi. His research focuses on various aspects of the biology of social insects, especially honeybees. He is interested in host-pathogen interactions, context-dependent activation of the immune system, and self-medication as a complementary tool to combat infections, amongst other topics. He utilizes various methods, including observational field studies, manipulative laboratory experiments, experimental evolution, and genetic/genomic techniques. His research has been published widely in peer-reviewed international journals. He regularly reviews manuscripts for international journals. He serves on the editorial boards of Arthropod-Plant Interactions, International Journal of Tropical Insect Science, Frontiers in Insect Science, and PCI Zoology. He has supervised and mentored several PhD and MSc students.

Research interests

  • Host-pathogen interactions
  • Immunity and immune system
  • Reproductive skew
  • Pollination
  • Experimental evolution
  • Social insects
  • Honeybees

Research profiles