Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
Telephone: +61 3 9902 0167
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. We use a combination of molecular biology, genomics, and experimental approaches to examine
- Insect x symbiont x pathogen interactions
- The genetic basis of pathogen transmission in insect vectors
- The relationship between infection and fitness in insects
Currently Funded Projects
The genetic basis of pathogen blocking: elucidating the contributions of the Wolbachia , dengue virus and mosquito genomes.
Grant Body: NHMRC
How a ubiquitous endosymbiont of insects protects against pathogens.
Grant body: ARC Discovery Grant
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