Head of Vector Biology, Professor in Medical Entomology
I obtained a BSc in Biology from the University of York (1991) an MSc in Medical Parasitology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (1992) and a PhD in Molecular Entomology from Cardiff University (1996). A Wellcome Trust International Travelling Fellowship took me to the University of Notre Dame, USA for two years. This was followed by a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship, held at Cardiff University and subsequently transferred to the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in 2001. I spent a brief period at Imperial College London from 2005 to 2006 and then returned to the Vector Group at LSTM in 2007. I became Head of the Department of Vector Biology in 2010 and was awarded a Royals Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in 2012.
I participate in the teaching of the Masters programmes in Biology and Control of Parasites and Disease Vectors and Molecular Biology of Parasites and Disease Vectors at LSTM. I co-organise an entomology training course for the MOD and act as an occasional guest lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
My research activities encompass various aspects related to the control of mosquito vectors of human disease. I have a particular interest in the causes and consequences of insecticide resistance and my group have been using a variety of molecular approaches to study the mechanisms of insecticide resistance in Anopheles and Aedes mosquitoes. Field studies are exploring the impact of this resistance on malaria and dengue control programmes. I was coordinator of the TDR network on study insecticide resistance in African malaria vectors from 2008-2011. This network consisted of LSTM and partners in six Africa countries and developed a set of standardised protocols for vector population monitoring and for determining the levels of insecticide susceptibility in sentinel sites in each country, in addition to conducting more detailed research into resistance mechanisms.
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