Dr. Georgia Drew

E-mail: georgia.drew@zoo.ox.ac.uk

I am broadly working on the evolution of symbioses, with a particular focus on microbial symbionts and the drivers that underpin transitions along the diverse symbiosis continuum. Using C. elegans as a model for host – microbe interactions, I am interested in exploring how protective symbionts affect factors such as host investment in defence and the evolutionary trajectories of coinfecting parasites. I am also interested in how host sociality might interact with these processes.


Drew, G.C., Budge, G.E., Frost, C.L., Neumann, P., Siozios, S., Yanez, O., Hurst, G.D.D. 2021. Transitions in symbiosis: evidence for environmental acquisition and social transmission within a clade of heritable symbionts. The ISME Journal. Early view.

Drew, G.C.*, Stevens, E.*, King, K.C. 2021. Microbial evolution and transitions along the parasite-mutualist continuum. Nature Reviews Microbiology. Early view.

King, K.C., Stevens, E., Drew, G.C. 2020. Microbiome: evolution in a world of interaction. Current Biology 30, R265-R267.

Drew, G.C., Frost, C.L., Hurst, G.D.D., 2019. Reproductive Parasitism and Positive Fitness Effects of Heritable Microbes. eLS,

Budge, G.E., Adams, I., Thwaites, R., Pietravalle, S., Drew, G.C., Hurst, G.D.D., Tomkies, V., Boonham, N., Brown, M., 2016. Identifying bacterial predictors of honey bee health. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 141, 41–44.


2019 PhD, University of Liverpool – “The Interaction between Arsenophonus and its Eusocial Host (Apis mellifera)”

2015 BSc Biological Science, University of Exeter


The Genetics Society – Hereditary Fieldwork Grant

The John Muir Trust – Scientific Exploration Grant

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