Researcher biography

Project title:

Investigating Wolbachia-mediated viral interference in native host, Drosophila melanogaster

Project description:

Wolbachia is an endosymbiotic bacterium found in various arthropods. Wolbachia can interfere with and protect hosts against viral infections. As a result of this protective phenotype Wolbachia has been used as a novel approach to the biocontrol of arboviruses. Understanding the mechanisms of Wolbachia-mediated viral interference is essential to the successful and sustainable application of Wolbachia as a form of biocontrol. As these mechanisms are not fully understood my project aims to further explore them.


Associate Professor Karyn N JohnsonAssociate Professor Jan Engelstädter