Ewa Chrostek

FEBS Fellow

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Email: e.chrostek@liv.ac.uk

Twitter: @EwaChrostek



I am a FEBS Fellow, who has joined the EGGID Research Group in March 2018. My long-term career goal is to understand the gene functions of unculturable insect symbionts. My approaches so far have ranged from comparative genomics to experimental evolution. Using the former, we have determined the basis of variation in Wolbachia-conferred antiviral protection among different Wolbachia strains. Experimental evolution has allowed us to discover the genetic basis of a virulent Wolbachia phenotype, and thus establish the first genotype-phenotype link in Wolbachia. My current work at the University of Liverpool aims at expanding our knowledge on the molecular mechanism underlying interaction of Wolbachia with its natural host, a model organism Drosophila melanogaster.


Chrostek E, Teixeira L (2018) Within host selection for faster replicating bacterial symbionts. PLoS One 13, e0191530. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0191530

Chrostek E, Pelz-Stelinski K, Hurst GDD & Hughes GL (2017) Horizontal Transmission of Intracellular Insect Symbionts via Plants. Front. Microbiol. 8. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.02237

Chrostek E, Teixeira L (2017) Comment on Rohrscheib et al. 2016 “Intensity of Mutualism Breakdown Is Determined by Temperature Not Amplification of Wolbachia Genes”. PLOS Pathogens 13: e1006540. doi:10.1371

Chrostek E, Teixeira L (2015) Mutualism Breakdown by Amplification of Wolbachia Genes. PLoS Biology, 13(2), e1002065. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1002065

Chrostek E, Marialva MSP, Yamada R, O’Neill SL, Teixeira L (2014) High anti-viral protection without immune upregulation after interspecies Wolbachia transfer. PLoS One 9: e99025. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0099025

Chrostek E, Marialva MSP, Esteves SS, Weinert LA, Martinez J, Jiggins FM, Teixeira L (2013) Wolbachia Variants Induce Differential Protection to Viruses in Drosophila melanogaster: A Phenotypic and Phylogenomic Analysis. PLoS Genetics 9: e1003896. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1003896