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Assoc Prof Beth McGraw
Assoc Prof Beth McGraw

  Associate Professor
  Larkins Fellow

  PhD (Pennsylvania State University)

  Telephone: +61 3 9902 0167
  Fax: +61 3 9905 5613

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  Researcher Profile
  Selected Publications

My laboratory is interested in understanding the evolution of insect:microbe interactions from the perspective of the insect host. We commonly use Drosophila as a model to study bacteria that range from mutualists to pathogens. In a more applied context we are also studying the effects of a bacterial symbiont on mosquitoes that is being developed for biocontrol against dengue virus (see We use a combination of molecular biology, genomics, and experimental approaches to examine

  • the insect immune response to microbial infection
  • the relationship between infection and insect fitness
  • the genetic basis of insect resistance to disease
  • the behavioral and physiological consequences of symbiont infection for insects

Currently Funded Projects

Natural variation and genetic basis of dengue virus transmission rate in Australian mosquitoes
Grant Body: NHMRC
Period: 2011-2014

The genomics of adaptation in Wolbachia pipientis, an emerging biocontrol
Grant Body: ARC Discovery Grant
Period: 2010-2014

NHMRC Asia Pacific Centre for Innovative Dengue Prevention
Grant body: NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence Grant
Period: 2010-2014

Research Areas Available for Student Projects

  • Development of a symbiotic bacterium for use in preventing dengue virus transmission in the mosquito, Aedes aegypti
  • The genetic basis of mosquito susceptibility to and transmissibility of dengue virus
  • The coevolution of insects and their microbial flora