Monica Gerth

Dr Monica Gerth profile picture

Microbiology and Biochemistry School of Biological Sciences


Teaching in 2020

Personal Bio

PhD Emory University (USA) | BSc The Evergreen State College (USA)

Research Interests

  • Microbiology
  • Biochemistry

My research group tackles diverse problems in health, agriculture and the environment. Some of our current projects include studies on microbial chemotaxis (how microbes navigate their environment), microbe-plant interactions, and biodiscovery of new antimicrobials.

A major focus of our current research is kauri dieback disease and the integration of Mātauranga Māori in our efforts to save these taonga (treasured) trees.


Ehrhardt, M.K.G., Warring, S.L., and Gerth, M.L. (2018) Screening Chemoreceptor–Ligand Interactions by High-Throughput Thermal-Shift Assays. Methods in Molecular Biology: Bacterial Chemosensing, 281-290

Clifton, B.E., Kacmarski, J.A., Carr, P.D., Gerth, M.L., Nobuhiko, T. and Jackson, C.J. (2018) Evolution of cyclohexadienyl dehydratase from an ancestral solute-binding protein. Nature Chemical Biology, in press.

Lawrence, S.A., Armstrong, C.B., Patrick, W.M. and Gerth, M.L. (2017) High-throughput chemical screening identifies compounds that inhibit different stages of the Phytophthora agathidicida and Phytophthora cinnamomi life cycles.
Frontiers in Microbiology, doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.01340.

Brewster, J.L., McKellar, J.L.O., Finn, T.J., Newman, J., Peat, T.S. and Gerth, M.L. (2016) Structural basis for ligand recognition by a Cache chemosensory domain that mediates carboxylate sensing in Pseudomonas syringae. Scientific Reports, doi:10.1038/srep35198

McKellar, J.L.O., Minnell, J.J. and Gerth, M.L. (2015) A high-throughput screen for ligand binding reveals the specificities of three amino acid chemoreceptors from Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae. Molecular Microbiology, 96: 694-707. doi: 10.1111/mmi.12964

View more publications at Google Scholar


Teaching in 2020