Assistant Professor in Entomology
PhD, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona

Contact Info

419 Biological Sciences Building
Selected Publications:


*undergraduate authors

Simmonds TJ*, Carrillo D, Burke GR (2016) Characterization of a venom gland-associated rhabdovirus in the parasitoid wasp Diachasmimorpha longicaudata. Journal of Insect Physiology. 91-92:48-55.

Burke GR (2016) Analysis of Genetic Variation Across the Encapsidated Genome of Microplitis demolitor Bracovirus in Parasitoid Wasps. PLoS ONE. 11(7):e0158846.

Bitra K, Burke GR, Strand MR (2016) Permissiveness of lepidopteran hosts is linked to differential expression of bracovirus genes. Virology. 492:259-72.

Burke GR, Simmonds TJ*, Thomas SA*, Strand MR (2015) Microplitis demolitor Bracovirus Proviral Loci and Clustered Replication Genes Exhibit Distinct DNA Amplification Patterns during Replication. Journal of Virology. 89(18): 9511-23.

Burke GR, Walden KKO, Whitfield JB, Robertson HM, Strand MR (2014) Widespread genome reorganization of an obligate virus mutualist. PLoS Genetics. 10(9):e1004660.

Burke GR, Strand MR (2014) Systematic analysis of a wasp parasitism arsenal. Molecular Ecology. Epub ahead of print.

Burke GR, Thomas SA*, Eum JH, Strand MR (2013) Mutualistic polydnaviruses share essential replication gene functions with pathogenic ancestors. PLoS Pathogens. 9(5):e1003348.

Burke GR, Strand MR (2012) Deep sequencing identifies viral and wasp genes with potential roles in replication of Microplitis demolitor bracovirus. Journal of Virology. 86(6):3293-306.

Beck MH, Zhang S, Bitra K, Burke GR, Strand MR (2011) The encapsidated genome of Microplitis demolitor bracovirus integrates into the host Pseudoplusia includens. Journal of Virology. 85(22):11685-96.

Burke GR and Moran NA (2011) Massive genomic decay in Serratia symbiotica, a recently evolved symbiont of aphids. Genome Biology and Evolution. 3: 195-208.

Burke GR and Moran NA (2011) Responses of the pea aphid transcriptome to infection by facultative symbionts. Insect Molecular Biology. 20 (3):357-65.

Burke GR, McLaughlin HJ, Simon J-C, Moran NA (2010) Dynamics of a recurrent mutation in Buchnera symbionts affecting thermal tolerance of pea aphid hosts. Genetics. 186 (1): 367-72.

Burke GR, Fiehn O, Moran NA (2009) Effects of facultative symbionts and heat stress on
the metabolome of pea aphids. ISME Journal, 4 (2): 242-52.

The International Aphid Genomics Consortium (2009) Genome sequence of the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum. PLoS Biology, 8 (2): e1000313.

Burke GR, Normark BB, Favret C, Moran NA (2009) Evolution and diversity of facultative symbionts from the aphid subfamily Lachninae. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 75 (16): 5328-35.

Iturbe-Ormaetxe I, Burke GR, Riegler M, O’Neill SL (2005) Distribution, expression, and motif variability of ankyrin domain genes in Wolbachia pipientis. Journal of Bacteriology. 187 (15): 5136-45.


Strand MR and Burke GR (2015) Polydnaviruses: from discovery to current insights. Virology, 479-480: 393-402.

Strand MR and Burke GR (2014) Polydnaviruses: nature’s genetic engineers. Annual Review of Virology. 1: 333-354.

Strand MR and Burke GR (2013) Polydnavirus-wasp associations: evolution, genome organization, and function. Current Opinion in Virology. 3(5): 587-94.

Strand MR and Burke GR (2012) Polydnaviruses as symbionts and gene delivery systems. PLoS Pathogens. 8(7): e1002757.

Burke GR and Strand MR (2011) Polydnaviruses of parasitic wasps: domestication of viruses to act as gene delivery vectors. Insects. 3(1): 91-119.

Oliver KM, Degnan PH, Burke GR, Moran NA (2009) Facultative symbionts of aphids and the horizontal transfer of ecologically important traits. Annual Reviews of Entomology. 55: 247-66.

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