Professor Sasha (Alexander) Mikheyev is a Professor at the ANU Research School of Biology in the Division of Ecology and Evolution.

His major research interests include using historical material to understand how evolution takes place and how complex phenotypes evolve. He is particularly fond of social insects as models, though he has worked on a variety of systems, from fruit flies to snakes, to coral.

His current research interests focus on understanding how organisms co-evolve, particularly focusing on the interaction of hosts with parasites and diseases and also with beneficial microbes.

Fields of expertise



Bee disease offers rare insights into RNA virus origins

Two similar strains of a destructive honeybee disease have vastly different origin stories, revealing the ability of viruses…


Big brains bring change: inside the social life of spiders

For anyone with arachnophobia, the only thing worse than finding a lone spider dangling in a doorway or…

25 November 2022


Here’s what you need to know about the Varroa mite

Bee populations worldwide have been collapsing under attack from parasitic Varroa mites. Now, these mites have reached Australia. …

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