Thomas Gillard is a veterinarian and PhD student researching honey bee reproduction and pathology at the University of Sydney.
Thomas seeks to optimise the artificial insemination techniques used in honey bee breeding and research with an aim to providing evidence based recommendations to improve consistency in advanced reproductive practices. He is also surveying male (drone) honey bees to determine the prevalence and diversity of honey bee reproductive pathogens.
Thomas is applying techniques commonly used in veterinary diagnostics to the discovery and characterisation of honey bee reproductive pathogens, especially microscopy and advanced molecular techniques. His veterinary background means he is particularly interested in biology, as well as pathology, epidemiology, and biosecurity.