Primary research interest

  • Molecular evolution and distribution of mosquitoes

Researcher biography

Dr Nigel Beebe is Associate Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Queensland with a 50% position at the CSIRO. His research into the molecular biology, evolution and genetics of mosquitoes in the Southwest Pacific region delivers fundamental knowledge into the role mosquitoes play in mosquito-borne disease. His research moves across both basic and applied research in vector biology. This research has advanced our understanding of mosquito evolution, species' distribution and their role in mosquito-borne disease through our region of the world. At a fundamental level, research outcomes from my lab continue to answer important questions about which mosquito species transmit disease pathogens, where they exist and why they are there including how these populations connect and move. Through extensive collaborative links into the field, this work delivers novel insights and tools to better understand vector biology and ecology.

New research addresses issues of arbovirus and malaria mosquito control using new technologies. For example, working with Verily Life Science and CSIRO, new research using Wolbachia carrying sterile/incompatible males has recently demonstrated through successful field trials in northern Queensland strong population supression of exotic the dengue mosquito Aedes aegypti. New work funded through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and in collaboration with the Anthony James team at UC Irvine (USA) and the QIMR Berghofer Research institute (Brisbane) will be working on developing a gene-drive malaria refractory Anopheles farauti -- an important regional malaria vector.

For more detail on my research please see http://www.nigelbeebe.com