About Me

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Pest and Environmental Adaptation Research Group (PEARG) at the Bio21 Institute and University of Melbourne. My current research involves the application of symbiotic bacteria (called endosymbionts) to control insect pests and disease vectors. I work with mosquitoes carrying Wolbachia endosymbionts as part of an effort to wipe out dengue fever. My research projects include:

  • Evaluating the long-term effectiveness of Wolbachia as a tool for dengue control
  • Testing the impact of environmental conditions on bacterial endosymbionts and their insect hosts
  • Investigating adaptation of insects to artificial rearing conditions
  • Generating novel endosymbiont infections through microinjection
  • Understanding male mosquito host-seeking behaviour
  • Identifying natural Wolbachia infections in mosquitoes
  • Tracking the spread of endosymbionts in aphids
  • Determining the role of endosymbiotic bacteria in insect adaptation to climate change

Here you can read about my research, see a list of my publications, or view additional articles on my work.

You can also find me on Twitter, Google Scholar and ResearchGate. I also have a YouTube channel where I post videos featuring mosquitoes.