Elizabeth McGraw


Director, Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (CIDD),
Professor and Huck Scholar in Entomology


  • Health & Medicine
  • Agriculture

Focus Areas:

  • Genomics
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Pathobiology
  • Entomology
  • Mosquitoes
  • Vector-borne Diseases

In The Media:


  • McGraw can comment on the biology and evolution of viruses, including the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Her research methods involve quantitative genetic, experimental evolution, genomic and molecular biology approaches.
  • Her research group has been studying mosquito-virus interactions and the use of Wolbachia for biocontrol against mosquito-borne diseases for the past 20 years.

Elizabeth McGraw is a professor and Huck Scholar in entomology and the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics. McGraw’s research investigates how genetic diversity and coevolutionary forces of vector, pathogen, and symbiont interactions affect the transmission of arboviruses. She recently wrote about super spreaders in light of the coronavirus outbreak for The Conversation and was featured in timely news articles from top-tier news outlets such as the BBC, TIME, NPR, and NBC News.

In The Media

“The droplets that carry viruses do not stay suspended in humid air as long, and the warmer temperatures lead to more rapid virus degradation,” says Elizabeth McGraw, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics at Pennsylvania State University.

"Coronaviruses tend to be associated with winter because of how they're spread," explains Elizabeth McGraw, who directs the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics at Pennsylvania State University.

In Penn State News

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Dr. Beth McGraw of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics at Penn State explains what washing your hands actually does to the virus and the effects that widespread adoption of thorough personal hygiene practices can have on public health.

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Dr. Beth McGraw

Dr. Beth McGraw

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