Elizabeth (Beth) McGraw


Beth McGraw


Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University

Telephone: +61 3 9902 0167
Fax: +61 3 9905 5613
E-mail: Beth.Mcgraw@monash.edu

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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
Period: 2016-2019

How a ubiquitous endosymbiont of insects protects against pathogens.
Grant body: ARC Discovery Grant
Period: 2016-2019

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