Scientist II, Pollinator and Environmental Safety, Crop Science, a Division of Bayer
Ana Cabrera is an entomologist in the Pollinator Safety group at Bayer, where she has worked since 2014. She received her Ph.D. in entomology from North Carolina State University and a Master’s degree in integrated pest management (IPM) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her primary responsibilities include pollinator safety evaluations of crop protection products and research support for the Bee Care Center.
Growing up in a small town in eastern Guatemala, Ana Cabrera’s initial ties to agriculture were pretty thin. Her father was a well-respected physician and her mother oversaw the management of their household. However, Ana’s grandfather was a farmer, producing cows, corn and vegetables, so perhaps that is where her interest in agriculture began. Regardless, within a 10-year span, Ana’s path took her from an agronomy major in a school in Central America to become one of Bayer’s leading bee health scientists in the U.S.
“At the time I completed my studies, I was open to a career either in academia or industry,” notes Ana. “But my post-doctoral research at the USDA and the University of Florida exposed me to the importance of managing Varroa mites in honey bee colonies, which just happened to perfectly coincide with Bayer’s interest in conducting bee health research.”
On top of a busy research and conference schedule, Ana continues to add to her impressive list of co-authored scientific publications, which currently exceeds 20 papers. When asked how her work in industry matched her prior perceptions, she answers, “I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of open interaction we have with so many different government and academic groups. I was also happy to learn how much proactive bee health research Bayer conducts that is independent of any regulatory requirement.”