I am based in Cali, Colombia, and employed part time by CIDEIM and part time by LSHTM. I work largely on dengue, leishmaniasis, lymphatic filariasis and other parasitic and vector-borne diseases.
I previously worked at the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research, and the Ahmadu Bello University in Kaduna, Nigeria (seconded from the Institute of Ophthalmology, London).
In 1998 I completed a PhD supervised by Bryan Grenfell in the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge entitled 'Heterogeneity and the Epidemiology of Lymphatic Filariasis'. I also have a BA in Mathematics and a Diploma in Mathematical Statistics from the same university.
Interested with vector Borne Disease mainly (Mosquitoes,Sand fly) and their interaction with diseases, Molecular biology and Bioinformatic.
Medical Entomology and Parasitology of Tropical Diseases;
- Development of new vector control tools
- Insecticide resistance mechanism and vector control management;
- Molecular Biology and Biomarker development;
- Adaptation and evolution of insect genomes;
- Research and teaching
My current and long-term research interests involve genomics and ecology of Culicoides in order to better understand the epidemiology of Culicoides-borne diseases in order to implement effective and sustainable vector control methods.
Biting midges and black flies, specifically the ecological drivers of their avian malaria transmission ability and interactions with endosymbionts
My research focuses on the ecology and evolution of host parasites interactions, vector biology and life history theory. One of my main interest is in carry over effects, namely the evolutionary consequences of early life environment and maternal investments.
I joined a BBSRC project where my focus is on evolutionary modeling of maternal investments in tsetse flies and how that may impact vector competence and the epidemiology of the African Animal Trypanosomiasis. In this project my approach is theoretical and it is in collaboration with colleagues in charge of field work in Zimbabwe and lab studies in Liverpool (LSTM).
I have worked previously on the malaria system, from ecology & evolution of mosquito immunity (PhD), to combining evolutionary & applied ecology to improve malaria control (postdoc) in the Eave tubes project with field work in West Africa, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The epidemiology, control, transmission dynamics, and mathematical modelling of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in general and filarial infections in particular. Currently focusing on refining transmission models of onchocerciasis control and elimination under the umbrella of the NTD Modelling Consortium. Parameterising models with field-derived data, including vector bionomics, vector-parasite-host interactions, parasitological and entomological data, and statistical analyses of datasets. Interest in blackfies and their transmission dynamics to better understand the impact of control interventions, including antivectorial and antiparasitic measures.
Ecology, Taxonomy and Management of Medical Important Pests
I am a medical Entomologist and Professor of the Department of Zoology of a public university, Jahangirnagar University. I am working on medical important pest in Bangladesh. I am interested to do work on sand fly vector(s).
I generate, maintain and exploit cell lines from ticks and other arthropods. I manage the Tick Cell Biobank https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/infection-and-global-health/research/tick-cell-biobank/ , the world's only dedicated culture collection for cell lines derived from ticks and other arthropods of medical, veterinary and agricultural importance. I have recently generated two cell lines from the sand fly Lutzomyia longipalpis and am working on additional sand fly and biting midge cell lines. I am interested in accessing starting material for any arthropod cell lines, and collaborative research utilising existing and novel cell lines.
Romeo Bellini (Ph.D. in Entomology at the University of Bologna) is currently covering the position of Director of the Medical & Veterinary Entomology Dept. at the Centro Agricoltura Ambiente “G.Nicoli” (http://www.caa.it). He is the scientific responsible for the IAEA Collaborating Centre established in the 2012 at the CAA. He recently (2014) obtained the Italian national qualification of full Professor in Plant Pathology & Entomology. He has 30 years of experience in mosquito ecology studies and management of mosquito control programs in Italy. He has been coordinator of the EU-LIFE program 1994-’96 "Environmental friendly management of tourist areas on the Emilia-Romagna Riviera” and WP 10 leader in the FP7 Infrastructure project “Research capacity for the implementation of genetic control of mosquitoes-INFRAVEC”. Currently he is in charge of supervising and coordinating laboratory and field activities of a team of 7 full-time and 5 part-time technicians. He is author of 98 referred scientific publications and 69 other publications; 62 oral and 64 poster presentations in international scientific meetings. He is serving as a peer reviewer for Acta Tropica, Bulletin of Entomological Research, Journal of Medical Entomology, Journal of Vector Ecology, Journal of American Mosquito Control Association, Bulletin of Insectology, Medical and Veterinary Entomology, Journal of Applied Ecology, Parasites & Vectors, PLoS Neglected Tropical Disease, Pathogens and Global Health, Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. He served as a European Director of the Society for Vector Ecology (1998-’99) and the Italian Director of the European Mosquito Control Association (2003-’05). He is member of the most important scientific societies in the field of medical entomology such as AMCA, ESA, SOIPA, SOVE. His scientific interests have been focused on the developing of mosquito and other vectors surveillance and monitoring methods, followed by the implementation of control strategies at low environmental impact and with no sanitary risks. He has been very active in the implementation of biological mosquito control in Italy using Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis formulations and fishes (Gambusia holbrooki, Aphanius fasciatus); in the standardization of reliable mosquito monitoring methods; in testing new products and tools for mosquito control. Following the introduction of Aedes albopictus in Italy (1990) he has been involved in studying the ecology of the species in the new habitats and developing specific control measures including source reduction, larval control, community participation. In the year 2000 he started investigating the application of the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) against Ae. albopictus. Recently he is also interested in the surveillance and risk assessment of emerging vector borne diseases in Europe. He is providing expertise consultations to international bodies such as World Health Organization (WHO) Europe, European Centre for Diseases Prevention and Control (ECDC), European Food Safety Agency (EFSA), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Infectious disease ecology and evolution; epidemiology, molecular ecology, vector biology
Working on bluetongue and Lyme disease among other (mostly non-vector-borne diseases)
My current research interests lie in investigating vector competence for arboviruses. I am particularly interested in the effect of temperature on virus transmission, including the minimum environmental temperature required for transmission, to identify regions at risk from invasive or endemic viruses. I am also interested in the potential for viruses to adapt to different conditions, and consequently, the risk they may pose in the future.
I am fascinated by the biology and ecology of the vectors - their diversity and capacity to transmit varios vector-born disease. My research is mainly focused on faunistic diversity of Culicoides biting midges and their role in the vector-parasite and vector-host interactions in the parasite-vector-host system of biting midges, avian haemosporidians and birds.
Systematics, ecology, behaviour, vectors, morphology, fossil record (everything to do with Ceratopogonidae); systematics of other families of Culicomorpha.
My PhD research involves the identification of Culiocides biting midge species currently found in Trinidad using ecozonation; as well as the determination of which serotypes of Culicoides-vectored Bluetongue (BTV) and Epizootic Haemorrhagic Disease (EHDV) viruses are circulating in Trinidad using a naïve cohort of cattle. Additional research involved the comparison of the different types of traps (incandescent light, UV light, semio-chemical baited and sweep-nets) with respect to Culicoides specimen and species yield and their crepuscular activity.
I am Honorary Assistant Professor at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Head of Development & Partnerships at the university's first biotech spin-out Vecotech Ltd. I lead research developing novel attractant and repellent products for pest arthropods. My research interests lie with increasing the understanding the behavioural biology of pest arthropods and in developing novel surveillance and control tools targeting them.
Sampling, surveillance, and chemical ecology of vectors, particularly sandflies, for improving control and understanding the transmission of vector-borne diseases.
Vector Ecology - Vector Biogeographic Distribution - Health Promotion and Vector Borne Disease Prevention Programs
Morphological and molecular taxonomy of Culicoides
Host preference studies
Detection of Bluetongue and related viruses in Midges
culicoides species diversity in wild life
Control/eliminate neglected tropical diseases, i.e. visceral leishmaniasis, dengue, chikungunya, etc. by knowing their vector biology, pathogenesis, vector control and epidemiology
My work has had a broad impact on the establishment of new genomic model species to complement those (e.g., Saccharomyces, Drosophila, Caenorhabditis, Mus) that have transformed our understanding of the human condition by laboratory studies, yet now chosen because of a deeper understanding of their ecologies, and a greater ability to sample and study genetic variants within their natural populations. These include the waterfea Daphnia (Colbourne et al. 2011 Science 331: 555-561), the jewel wasp Nasonia (Werren et al. 2010 Science 327:343-348), the green anole lizard Anolis (Alföldi et al. 2011 Nature 477:587-591) and the brown planthopper Nilaparvata (Zhang et al. 2014 Genome Biology 15:521). Other vertebrates include the killifish Fundulus (Reid et al. 2017 Genome Biology and Evolution 9:659-676), the songbird Junco and a growing list of emerging invertebrate model species including bee, black fly, aphid, tick, mosquito (Tormey et al. 2015 BMC Genomics 16:754) and amphipod (Poynton et al. 2018 Environmental Science and Technology 52:6009-6022). This work resulted in Daphnia's designation as a biomedical model species by the US National Institutes of Health.
Studies that focused on these new model species are producing the broad range of anticipated discoveries that would be difficult to achieve otherwise; many are suggesting that variation among the co-regulated networks of genes are better predictors than gene variation of the adaptive potential of populations to survive environmental stress (Reid et al. 2016 Science 354:1305-1308), of the mechanisms that confer insecticide resistances in arthropods (Weston et al. 2013 PNAS 110:16532), of the mechanistic basis of environmentally induced phenotypic plastic traits (Shaw et al. 2014 Molecular Biology and Evolution 31:3002-3015), and the evolutionary basis of the vector biology of mosquitos (Bradshaw et al. 2017 PNAS 115:1009-1014).
I am broadly interested in systematics, taxonomy and natural history of lower Diptera, with expertise in Psychodomorpha (Blephariceridae, Tanyderidae and Psychodidae).
Culicoides-borne pathogens of veterinary importance; host-vector-pathogen interface; role of insect saliva on pathogen dissemination and virulence; host immune responses to insect blood-feeding and insect saliva
pathogen-host interactions (pathogenesis, immunology, vaccinology) of emerging and vector-borne diseases with attention to the role of the vector in pathogen transmission
Novel strategies for transmisssion-blocking
Leishmaniasis, Chagas, Arbovirus.
Medical Biologist and currently in 2nd year of PhD. I hold a Master degree's in Parasitology-Entomology and a Certificate of Medical Entomology from Institut Pasteur in Paris.
I am interested in vector-borne diseases and their vectors. Particularly epidemiology of leishmaniasis and sandflies bioecology in Burkina Faso.
I have interest in wildlife animal diseases. I want to know details about biting midges, their life cycle, effect on animals and remedy from them. I did work on antimicrobial resistance of Rhesus monkey. I am interest in work on controlling vector borne disease of livestock as well as wild animals. That I can take steps to conservation of last member of extinct species of wildlife. I want to build my carrier as a wildlife biologist and conservationist in future.
Epidemiology of Vector-Borne Zoonotic diseases, Vector control and management, Emerging Infectious disease.
Biology of bloodfeeding insects, vector-borne diseases, ecology of sand flies (Diptera: Phlebotominae), molecular taxonomy and phylogeny, epidemiology of Old World leishmaniases
Climate impact assessment on the global burden of vector-borne diseases. Mathematical modelling of population dynamics and disease epidemiology for various vectors and pathogens.
I am interested in Culicoides and particularly in the Afrotropical region to improve our knowledge on species of veterinary (ie specify the main species vectors and pathogens that they are likely to transmit); their distribution and abundance according to different ecosystem and livestock level. Indeed, I did my thesis work on culicoides in relation to African horse sickness in equestrian centers in the Niayes area. However, it would be interesting to reproduce this work in cattle and small ruminants farming (modern and traditional). The aim is to contribute to the fight against these insects vector-borne diseases. Several insecticide products are used against nuisance insects but little is known about their effectiveness on culicoides. Thus it will be interesting to test culicoides susceptibility on active ingredients and evaluate the effectiveness of some insecticide products against field culicoides populations.
Mark Fife leads the Genetics and Genomics group at The Pirbright Institute. He is a complex-disease geneticist with extensive experience in complex trait analysis (QTL and association studies), candidate gene mapping and molecular biology techniques. He has produced over 45 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters in this area before becoming a group leader at the Institute. His work has been the focus of extensive genome-wide and haplotype analysis using web-based SNP selector software that he has implemented at Pirbright. This work has culminated in the identification and characterisation of several causal genes for important immune traits in chickens and potential vector competence genes in Culicoides Midges.
Dr. Fife has extensive expertise in coordinating multidisciplinary and multi-site projects. He is an active STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) ambassador which creates opportunities to inspire young people and develop their creativity, problem-solving and employability skills for the UK's future competitiveness.
Research interest is on application of molecular biology tools and immunological techniques in the study of vector biology for possible control and elimination.
I am interested to work on sand fly ecology, behaviour, breeding sites and feeding preferences. Also interested to learn about gnats and black flies also.
1.Laboratory rearing techniques for insects and insect vectors.
2.Molecular characterisation of insects and insect vectors
3. Ecological and predisposing insect-vector interractions.