Ania’s research interests primarily revolve around bacteria, from identification techniques, bacterial properties, gut bacterial communities, bacteria-host interactions, bacterial adhesion/attachment mechanisms to bacterial insect symbionts.
Ania is a molecular microbiologist at the Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute (EMAI) involved in research related to identifying gut microorganisms of Queensland fruit flies and trying to understand how these microorganisms contribute to the fitness of the Queensland fruit fly.
This work aims to improve the quality and fitness of mass-reared Queensland fruit flies that are used as part of Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) programs. This work is part of the SITplus R&D initiative.
Ania has a PhD from the University of Wollongong where she characterised surface proteins of the swine pathogen Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae.
Since then she has been involved in various research projects, including investigating whether bacteria played a role in the mass mortalities of Pacific Oysters (Crassostrea gigas) in Port Stephens during the summer of 2013-2014.
Ania has also developed her bacteriology skills while working in veterinary bacterial diagnostics at the State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (SVDL) at EMAI.
Currently Ania is focusing on characterising the gut bacterial communities of Queensland fruit fly larvae using next-generation sequencing technology.