People

Professor Elizabeth ( Beth ) McGraw –  Group Leader  

Department of Entomology — Penn State University

 

Beth McGraw

Beth studied Biology at the University of Michigan before doing a PhD at The Pennsylvania State University on the evolution of virulence genes in human pathogens. During her postdoc at Yale University School of Public Health she began working in the Wolbachia:insect system attracted by the ability to ask questions about the evolution of mutualism versus virulence in symbionts. She then moved to the University of Queensland for further postdoctoral research before taking up an assistant professor position. Beth joined Monash University in 2011 as a Larkins Fellow where her work has focused on the mosquito:dengue:Wolbachia association.

She is currently a Huck Scholar in Entomology at The Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, Pennsylvania State University.

 

Google Scholar profile

Email : eam7@psu.edu

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Email : bethannmcgraw@gmail.com


Dr. Suzanne Ford – Postdoctoral Fellow

I’m an evolutionary biologist and am interested in the evolution of species interactions and how they affect the outcome of disease. I am specifically interested in symbionts that protect organisms from infectious disease. I carried out my PhD at the University of Oxford on the coevolution of pathogenic bacteria with protective microbes and its effects of pathogen virulence.

I’m currently working as a Postdoctoral researcher with Elizabeth McGraw at Monash University. Here I am studying the evolution of Wolbachia protection against Dengue in Aedes aegypti mosquito hosts.”

 

  Google Scholar profile

Email : suzanne.abigail.ford@gmail.com


Dr. Leah T. Sigle – Postdoctoral Fellow

Leah has trained as a vector biologist working with sand flies and mosquitoes. She has a Master’s in Entomology (Kansas State University), and her PhD research focused on cellular-mediated immunity in Anopheles gambiae (Vanderbilt University). Currently, she is studying the genetic basis of Wolbachia-mediated viral blocking in Aedes aegypti.

 

Linkedin profile

Email : lts63@psu.edu

 

 

 

 

 


Cassandra Koh – PhD student

CassCass obtained her Honours degree from Monash University in Biotechnology. After working as a Research Assistant for a year in the group, she began her PhD in early 2015. Her research examines the vector competence of mosquitoes for Dengue virus by looking at the host transcriptome and lipidome. She is also studying the genetic correlation between fitness traits and vector competence.

Email : cassandra.koh@monash.edu

 

 

 

 


Mario Novelo Canto – PhD student

Mario Novelo CantoMario received his Masters degree in Molecular Medicine from the University of Sheffield in the UK. In April 2016 he joined the McGraw lab to begin his PhD focusing on dengue virus infection dynamics inside the mosquito vector.

 

Email : mdn23@psu.edu

 

 

 

 


Fhallon Ware-Gilmore – PhD student

Fhallon obtained her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from The University of West Alabama. She is broadly interested in the ecology of vector-borne diseases. Specifically, how environmental variation can influence insect behavior, biology, and disease emergence. Fhallon has additional interest in public health, and in understanding the impact of cultural and socioeconomic factors on disease transmission patterns

Her current research investigates how genetics and environmental conditions, can influence the Extrinsic Incubation Period (EIP) within a framework of related mosquitoes-in malaria vectors.

 

Linkedin profile

Email : fxw13@psu.edu


 

Matt Jones – Research technician

Matt has over 15 years of experience in scientific research. His expertise includes virology and evolutionary biology, with a focus on molecular techniques. In the McGraw lab he is examining the genetic basis of Wolbachia-mediated pathogen blocking. He is also responsible for cell culture, molecular protocol development and training all new staff and students.

Email : mjj16@psu.edu

 

 

 

 


 

Michael Cannon – Research Technician

Michael received his Masters in plant pathology at North Carolina State University before joining the McGraw Lab at Penn State as a research technologist. As a MS student, he examined sensitivity to common fungicides among isolates of soilborne pathogen Sclerotinia minor. He has interests in pathogens, their interactions with hosts and vectors, and their control.

Email : mdc5260@psu.edu

 

 

 


 

Recent past members of the McGraw lab – Current employment

Eric Caragata – PhD student – Johns Hopkins
Andrew Turley – PhD student – World Mosquito Program
Henry Ye –  PhD student – Bioneer
Hilaria Amuzu – PhD student – CSL Behring
Gerard Terradas – PhD student – UC San Diego
Rose Herbert – PhD student – Monash University
Emily Kerton – Research assistant – Monash University
Luis Jimenez – Honors student – Monash University
Michelle Audsley – Postdoc – Monash University