DR Lauren Carrington

DR Lauren Carrington


  • Aedes aegypti (susceptibility to infection)
  • Dengue virus (transmission dynamics)
  • Wolbachia (biological control)



  • I work on the natural history of Aedes aegypti, including the mosquito's susceptibility to dengue virus (DENV) when challenged with patient-derived infected blood meals, and how Wolbachia (an intracellular bacterium) can be used to inhibit mosquito infection and transmission. I'm interested in environmental influences on susceptibility, host-pathogen interactions and the potential for evolution between the mosquito host, and the infecting virus and bacterium. These studies are conducted with Prof. Cameron Simmons at Peter Doherty Institute, although my work is conducted entirely at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. I obtained my Ph.D. (Genetics/Evolutionary Biology) from the University of Melbourne under Prof. Ary Hoffmann and Dr. Andrew Weeks in 2010, before completing a 3-yr postdoc at University of California Davis (USA) with Prof. Tom Scott, working on susceptibility of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes to dengue virus.    


Member of

  • American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Member 2011 -
  • Entomological Society of America. Member 2013
  • European Society of Evolutionary Biology. Member 2009 - 2012


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Awarded AXA post-doctoral fellowship (2013) - regretfully declined   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2010
  • BSc (Hons), Monash University 2007