Heverton Dutra
Postdoctoral fellow
Postdoctoral Student
Pennsylvania State University
State College, PA United States

Areas of Expertise:
Wolbachia, vector competence, host-microbe interaction

Research Organisms:
Aedes aegypti, Aedes fluviatilis, Drosophila melanogaster, Anopheles gambiae, Anopheles aquasalis


Research Focus:

I am a postdoctoral fellow at Penn State University in the laboratory of Dr. Elizabeth McGraw. My current work is focused on the host-microbe interaction between mosquitoes and Wolbachia, exploring the pathogen blocking effect of these bacteria on viruses transmitted by arthropods (arboviruses). Previous jobs were focused on the hole of endosymbiotic bacteria Wolbachia in the model organism Drosophila melanogaster as well as the mosquitoes Aedes aegypti and Anopheles gambiae, aiming at using such bacteria as an innovative tool for vector control.