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Dr
Josefina
Abedin

Research Officer (Microbiology)
Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR).
Area of expertise: Sandflies

Vector born disease

Early career researcher

Mr
Seth
Addo

Research assistant
Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research
Area of expertise: Sandflies

Vectors

Vector-borne diseases

Early career researcher

Professor
Neal
Alexander

Professor
LSHTM and CIDEIM
Area of expertise: Sandflies

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.

Established researcher

Professor
Bülent
Alten

Prof. Dr. Head of Ecology Division
Hacettepe University
Area of expertise: Sandflies

Sand flies, mosquitoes, population genetic, population ecology, geometric morphometrics, parasite and virus detection, vector control

Established researcher

Dr
Aruna
Ambagala

Research Scientist
Canadian Food Inspection Agency - National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease
Area of expertise: Biting midges

Vector-Borne Viral diseases

 

Established researcher

Professor
Anisuzzaman
Anisuzzaman

Professor
Bangladesh Agricultural University
Area of expertise: Biting midges

Epidemiology, Biology, Vector Potential

Early career researcher

Dr
Simon
Anthony

Assistant Professor
Columbia University
Area of expertise: Biting midges

Zoonotic and emerging infectious diseases; viral discovery; viral ecology; host-pathogen interactions

Early career researcher

Miss
Hanan
AQEELAH

Researcher in the Parasitology and Vector-Borne Disease lab. /Vector-Borne Disease Department / Zoonotic Disease Control Administration at the National Center for diseases control, Tripoli, Libya.
National Centre For Disease Control
Area of expertise: Sandflies

Interested with vector Borne Disease mainly (Mosquitoes,Sand fly) and their interaction with diseases, Molecular biology and Bioinformatic. 

Early career researcher

Dr
Carles
Aranda

Co director of Mosquito Control Service
Baix Llobregat Council
Area of expertise: Sandflies

Distribution and vectors

Established researcher

Dr
Samuel
Armoo

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
CSIR - Water Research Institute
Area of expertise: Blackflies
  • Onchocerciasis operational research 
  • Population genetics of Onchocerca volvulus, and black flies
Early career researcher

Mr
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Asaduzzaman

MPhil Researcher
Jahangirnagar University
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Blackflies, Sandflies

- Infectious Diseases

- Medical Entomology

- Vector-borne Diseases

- Biological Control of Insect Pest

Early career researcher

Dr
Francesco
Baldini

Research Fellow
University of Glasgow
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Blackflies

Biting midges and black flies, specifically the ecological drivers of their avian malaria transmission ability and interactions with endosymbionts

Early career researcher

Mr
Carlos
Barceló

Post-graduate teaching assistant (TA)
University of the Balearic Islands
Area of expertise: Biting midges

Entomology and Vector ecology

Early career researcher

Professor
Maria-Gloria
Basanez

Chair in Neglected Tropical Diseases
Imperial College London
Area of expertise: Blackflies

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.   

Established researcher

Dr
Kabirul
Bashar

Professor
Jahangirnagar University
Area of expertise: Sandflies

Ecology, Taxonomy and Management of Medical Important Pests 

Established researcher

Sanjay
Basu

Research scientist
The Pirbright Institute
Area of expertise: Biting midges

genetics and biology of blood sucking insects

Early career researcher

Dr
Glenn
Bellis

Entomologist
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Area of expertise: Biting midges

taxonomy of Culicoides

DNA barcoding

vector competence

vector biology

Established researcher

Dr
Roman
Biek

Reader
University of Glasgow
Area of expertise: Biting midges

Infectious disease ecology and evolution; epidemiology, molecular ecology, vector biology

Working on bluetongue  and Lyme disease among other (mostly non-vector-borne diseases)

Established researcher

Dr
Marcus
Blagrove

Tenure Track Fellow
University of Liverpool
Area of expertise: Biting midges

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.

Early career researcher

Dr
Aneliya
Bobeva

Researcher
Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research - Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Area of expertise: Biting midges

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.

Early career researcher

Dr
Art
Borkent

Research Associate
Royal British Columbia Museum
Area of expertise: Biting midges

Systematics, ecology, behaviour, vectors, morphology, fossil record (everything to do with Ceratopogonidae); systematics of other families of Culicomorpha.

Established researcher

Mr
Shubhranil
Brahma

Research Fellow
Dept. of Zoology, The University of Burdwan
Area of expertise: Biting midges

Systematics and biology of the biting midges of the genus Dasyhelea (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae).

Early career researcher

Dr
Charles
Brockhouse

Associate Professor
Creighton University
Area of expertise: Blackflies

Simulium genomes

sex determination

silk genes and proteins

gene regulation

population structure

Established researcher

Mrs
Tamiko
Brown-Joseph

PhD student- final year
The University of the West Indies
Area of expertise: Biting midges

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.

Early career researcher

Dr
Victor
Brugman

R&D Manager
Vecotech Ltd.
Area of expertise: Biting midges

I am Honorary Assistant Professor at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and R&D Manager 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.

Early career researcher

René
Bødker

Epidemiologist
National Veterinary Inst. Danish Technical University
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: rebo@vet.dtu.dk

Surveillance, modelling and prediction of risk and intensity of vector borne disease transmission in time and space

Established researcher

Dr
Mattia
Calzolari

Biologist
IZSLER
Area of expertise: Sandflies

Sand fly species identification

Leishmania

Phlebovirus

Established researcher

Professor
Mary
Cameron

Professor of Medical Entomology
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Area of expertise: Sandflies

Sampling, surveillance, and chemical ecology of vectors, particularly sandflies, for improving control and understanding the transmission of vector-borne diseases.

Established researcher

Professor
Jorge Manuel
Cárdenas Callirgos

President
Asociación Peruana de Helmintología e Invertebrados Afines - APHIA
Area of expertise: Blackflies, Sandflies

 Vector Ecology - Vector Biogeographic Distribution - Health Promotion and Vector Borne Disease Prevention Programs

Early career researcher

Dr
Simon
Carpenter

Head of Entomology
The Pirbright Institute
Area of expertise: Biting midges
Established researcher

Mr
Luis Paulo Costa
Carvalho

PhD student
Fiocruz Rondonia
Area of expertise: Biting midges

Biting Midges

Culicoides paraensis

Culicoides insingnis

Oropouche Virus

Early career researcher

Dr
Sondipon
Chakraborty

Research Associate, DBT-NER Sponsored Project
Department of Zoology/West Bengal State University, Barasat
Area of expertise: Sandflies

Ecology of Sand fly population

Early career researcher

Dr
Mudassar
Chanda

Scientist
ICAR-NIVEDI
Area of expertise: Biting midges

Morphological and molecular taxonomy of Culicoides 

Host preference studies 

Detection of Bluetongue and related viruses in Midges

culicoides species diversity in wild life 

 

Early career researcher

Dr
Alexandra
Chaskopoulou

Research Entomologist
USDA-ARS European Biological Control Laboratory
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Sandflies

Epidemiology of vector borne diseases, Ecology of arthropod vectors, integrated vector management 

Early career researcher

Mr
Somnath
Chatterjee

Research Scholar
Dept. of Zoology, The University of Burdwan
Area of expertise: Biting midges

Taxonomy and biology of Culicoides.

Early career researcher

Professor
Robert
Cheke

Professor of Tropical Zoology
Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich
Area of expertise: Blackflies

Biology and control of blackflies

Established researcher

Dr
Mouna
Cherairia

Senior lecturer
Université 8 Mai 1945 Guelma
Area of expertise: Blackflies

Blackflies systematics, identification, ecology, epidemiology. 

Established researcher

Professor
John
Colbourne

Chair of Environmental Genomics
University of Birmingham
Area of expertise: Blackflies

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).

Established researcher

Dr
Francisco
Collantes

Associate Professor (Profesor Titular)
Universidad de Murcia, Departamento de Zoología y Antropología Física
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: fcollant@um.es
Established researcher

Dr
Aine
Collins

Official Veterinarian
Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine
Area of expertise: Biting midges

Culicoides biting midges as arbovirus vectors in domestic livestock.

Early career researcher

Dr
Orin
Courtenay

Reader
University of Warwick
Area of expertise: Sandflies

Vector-borne disease epidemiology

vector control

zoonoses

public health and veterinary health

intervention trials

vector and animal behavioural ecology

Established researcher

Dr
Gregory
Curler

Independent Entomologist/Research Collaborator
Smithsonian Institution
Area of expertise: Sandflies

I am broadly interested in systematics, taxonomy and natural history of lower Diptera, with expertise in Psychodomorpha (Blephariceridae, Tanyderidae and Psychodidae).    

Established researcher

Professor
UMBERTO
D'ALESSANDRO

Unit Director
MRC Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Area of expertise: Sandflies

I am a clinical epidemiologist with specific interest in malaria. 

Established researcher

Dr
Filipe
Dantas-Torres

Reseacher
Fiocruz
Area of expertise: Sandflies

Sand flies and Leishmania

Established researcher

Mr
Mohamed
Daoudi

PhD Student
Cadi ayyad. University
Area of expertise: Sandflies

Vector and pathogen interaction / immunology 

Early career researcher

Dr
Karin
Darpel

Head of Orbivirus Research group
The Pirbright Institute
Area of expertise: Biting midges

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

Established researcher

Professor
Murari
Das

Supervising Entomologist
KalaCORE, BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences
Area of expertise: Sandflies

Vector control, Species identification, Disease Diagnosis

Established researcher

Dr
Chantel
de Beer

Researcher
ARC-OVR
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Blackflies

Ecology of Biting Midges, Trap development and artificial feeding techniques.

Early career researcher

Dr
Nick
De Regge

Scientist, principal investigator
CODA-CERVA
Area of expertise: Biting midges

pathogen-host interactions (pathogenesis, immunology, vaccinology) of emerging and vector-borne diseases with attention to the role of the vector in pathogen transmission

Established researcher

Professor
Jerome
Depaquit

Professor of Parasitology
Universite de Reims Champagne-Ardenne
Area of expertise: Sandflies

Sandflies systematics and biology. Transmission of pathogens (Leishmania and arboviruses)

Established researcher

Dr
romain
derelle

postdoctoral researcher
University of Birmingham
Area of expertise: Blackflies
Early career researcher

Dr
Sofie
Dhollander

Scientific Officer
European Food Safety Authority
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Sandflies

Risk assessment on vector borne diseases

Established researcher

Dr
HECTOR
DIAZ ALBITER

Researcher
El Colegio de la Frontera Sur
Area of expertise: Sandflies

Parasite-host interactions

Insect physiology

Science communication

Novel strategies for transmisssion-blocking

Leishmaniasis, Chagas, Arbovirus.

 

Early career researcher

Professor
Bilal
Dik

Professor
Veterinary Faculty, Selcuk University
Area of expertise: Biting midges

Biting midges (Culicoides)

 

 

Established researcher

Dr
Rod
Dillon

Senior Lecturer
Lancaster University
Area of expertise: Sandflies

Sand fly -Leishmania interactions from lab to field.  Particularly Lutzomyia longipalpis.  

Established researcher

Mr
Arthur Diakourga
DJIBOUGOU

Medical Biologist
IRSS/Centre MURAZ
Area of expertise: Sandflies

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.

Early career researcher

Miss
Edna Dzifa
Doe

Research Scientist/Student
Radiological and Medical Sciences Research Institute-Ghana Atomic Energy Commission
Area of expertise: Sandflies

Population genetics of sandfly and leishmania

Early career researcher

Dr
Jean-Bernard
Duchemin

Senior research scientist
Institut Pasteur de la Guyane
Area of expertise: Biting midges

Trapping and ecology, vector competence

Established researcher

Dr
Pronesh
Dutta

MS fellow student
Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
Area of expertise: Biting midges

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.

Early career researcher

Dr
Shusmita
Dutta Choudhury

Research Officer-Epidemiology
Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research
Area of expertise: Sandflies

Epidemiology of Vector-Borne Zoonotic diseases, Vector control and management, Emerging Infectious disease.

Early career researcher

Dr
Vit
Dvorak

researcher
Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Science, Charles University
Area of expertise: Sandflies

Biology of bloodfeeding insects, vector-borne diseases, ecology of sand flies (Diptera: Phlebotominae), molecular taxonomy and phylogeny, epidemiology of Old World leishmaniases

Early career researcher

Dr
Marion
England

Research Scientist
The Pirbright Institute
Area of expertise: Biting midges
Early career researcher

Dr
Kamil
Erguler

Associate Research Scientist
The Cyprus Institute
Area of expertise: Sandflies

Climate impact assessment on the global burden of vector-borne diseases. Mathematical modelling of population dynamics and disease epidemiology for various vectors and pathogens.

Established researcher

Dr
Ozge
Erisoz Kasap

Associate Professor
Hacettepe University
Area of expertise: Sandflies
Established researcher

Dr
Dinesh
Erram

Postdoctoral Associate
Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, UF/IFAS
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Sandflies
E-mail: derram@ufl.edu

Biology, ecology, surveillance, and management of arthropods of medical and veterinary importance.

Early career researcher

JR
Ewing

Research Associate
Kansas State University
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: jrewing@ksu.edu
Early career researcher

Miss
Tasnim
Faiez

Student
University of Birmingham
Area of expertise: Blackflies
Early career researcher

Dr
Wilma
Fick

Senior Lecturer
University of Pretoria
Area of expertise: Biting midges
Early career researcher

Emile
Fiesler

Researcher
Bioveyda
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Blackflies, Mosquitoes, Sandflies

Biodiversity, biology, ecology, and environmental impacts, with a focus on insects & arachnids.

Established researcher

Dr
Mark
Fife

PI
The Pirbright Institute
Area of expertise: Biting midges

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.

Established researcher

Dr
Jordi
Figuerola

Associate Professor of Research
Estación Biológica de Doñana - CSIC
Area of expertise: Biting midges

Transmission dynamics of vector borne pathogens with special attention to zoonotic diseases.

Established researcher

Mr
Serhii
Filatov

Researcher
National Scientific Center "Institute of Experimental and Clinical Veterinary Medicine"
Area of expertise: Biting midges

Taxonomy

Biogeography

Vector-borne disease ecology

Early career researcher

Miss
Sophia
Fochler

Mosquito Research Technician
The Pirbright Institute
Area of expertise: Sandflies
Early career researcher

Dr
Cipriano
Foxi

PhD
University of Sassari
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: cfoxi@uniss.it
Established researcher

Mr
NKEMNGO
FRANCIS NONGLEY

ASSOCIATE RESEARCH SCIENTIST
UNIVERSITY OF BUEA
Area of expertise: Blackflies, Sandflies

Research interest is on application of molecular biology tools and immunological techniques in the study of vector biology for possible control and elimination.

Early career researcher

Dr
Rajesh Babu
Garlapati

Senior Vector Ecologist
Genesis Laboratories
Area of expertise: Sandflies

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.

Early career researcher

Dr
Claire
Garros

Researcher, medical and veterinary entomologist
Cirad
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: garros@cirad.fr

ECOLOGY OF VECTOR BORNE DISEASES

culicoides taxonomy, biology, ecology and control

 

Established researcher

Dr
Javier Alfonso
Garza-Hernández

Researcher
Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez
Area of expertise: Blackflies

I am interested in ecology, mating behavior, biocontrol of hematophagous dipterans. Also in arbovirus detection and insect pathology.

Early career researcher

Mrs
Kamila
Gaudêncio da S. Sales

PhD student
Aggeu Magalhães Institute (IAM) - Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), Brazil.
Area of expertise: Sandflies

- Vector-borne diseases

- Sand fly biology

- Pathogen-vector interaction

- Molecular taxonomy

Early career researcher

Mr
Dennis
Gayi

Crop entomologist
National Agriculture Research Organisation (NARO) Uganda
Area of expertise: Biting midges

1.Laboratory rearing techniques for insects and insect vectors.

2.Molecular characterisation of insects and insect vectors

3. Ecological and predisposing insect-vector interractions.

 

Early career researcher

Professor
Fernando
Genta

Senior Researcher
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz
Area of expertise: Sandflies
Established researcher

Professor
Alec
Gerry

Professor of Veterinary Entomology
University of California at Riverside
Area of expertise: Biting midges

Culicoides ecology.  Use of animal-baited and odor baited traps for capture of blood-feeding insects.

Established researcher

Mr
Debashis
Ghosh

Assistantant Coordination Manager
icddr,b
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Sandflies

Leishmaniasis

Established researcher

Mr
Tapon Kumar
Ghosh

Student
University of Rajshahi
Area of expertise: Sandflies
Kala-azar or Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL) is a parasitic disease which has been recorded in South-East Asia during early 1800’s. It seems to have blowout along the Ganges and the Brahmaputra rivers, the major transport routs of Bengal and Bangladesh. In this area, Kala-azar was first described in 1824 in the Jessore district where about 75,000 people died. An intensive control program aimed at the eradication of malaria was mounted in the late 1950s and early 1960s throughout the South Asian sub-continent with the main effort based on indoor residual spraying (IRS) of DDT. Kala-azar is mainly caused by Leishmania donovani, L. infantum, or L. chagasi, but occasionally these species may cause other forms of disease. The cutaneous form of the disease is caused by more than 15 species of Leishmania. Leishmaniasis is mainly transferred by the bite of infected female phlebotomine sandflies which can transmit the protozoa Leishmania. This sandflies act as the vector.   VL is now endemic in many Bangladeshi areas, with the Mymensingh district representing over 50% of the cases. There is substantial underreporting. In 2007, the estimated number of active cases was 136,500. However, less than 5,000 cases were reported that same year. The estimated incidence of VL, according to recent studies, is 15.6/1,000 person-years in Fulbaria and 27/10,000 population in Godagari and Rajshahi.   A survey, conducted in 2006-2007, showed that when seeking care outside the community, 52% of patients made use of the public sector, 13% used poorly trained private practitioners and 28% used local chemists in order to obtain treatment. The awareness of VL is very low. Generally, in communities, VL is seen as ‘any fever that cannot be cured by the local drug sellers’.   As sandflies play a significant role in spreading the dangerous VL disease in different parts of Bangladesh, so this alarming rate of occurring VL in Bangladesh lead me to fix the mind setup to work with sand flies.  
Early career researcher

Sonia
Gomez

PhD fellow
ISGlobal
Area of expertise: Sandflies
Early career researcher

Professor
Yuval
Gottlieb

Associate Professor
The Hebrew University
Area of expertise: Biting midges

Interaction between bacterial symbionts, viruses and midges.

Midges ecology in dairy farms.

 

Established researcher

Elmer
Gray

Research Professional and Public Health Specialist
The University of Georgia
Area of expertise: Blackflies
E-mail: ewgray@uga.edu

We have maintained the only known colony of black flies (Simulium vittatum cytospecies IS-7) for the past 27 years. A wide variety of research projects have been conducted with specimens from this colony and eggs and adults are readily available for approved collaborators. Our particular interest is Commercial Research and Development associated with the biological larvicide Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. israelensis and larval feeding, although adult feeding studies are currently being conducted. I have also worked on three continents conducting and advising black fly suppression programs. This work includes personally operating a localized black fly suppression program for the past 24 years in the southeastern United States. 

Established researcher

Mr
Yannick
Grimaud

ingineer
GDS Réunion
Area of expertise: Biting midges
Early career researcher

Dr
Helene
Guis

epidemiology of vector-borne diseases
CIRAD - Institut Pasteur de Madagascar
Area of expertise: Biting midges

spatial epidemiology, distribution modelling and mapping, risk modelling and mapping, Culicoides, animal health, One Health,arboviruses, surveillance

Established researcher

Dr
Serafin
Gutierrez

Principal investigator
CIRAD
Area of expertise: Biting midges

- Ecology and evolution of arboviruses

- Community ecology of viruses associated to arthropod vectors

Established researcher

Dr
Daniel
Hagan

Professor of Biology, Emeritus
Georgia Southern University
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Sandflies

- Ultrastructure of Biting Midges and Sandflies

- Behavior of Biting Midges and Sandflies

- Ecology of saltmarsh breeding Biting Midges

- Insect attractants for Biting Midges

Established researcher

Dr
Martin
Hall

Head, Parasites and Vectors Division, Department of Life Sciences
Natural History Museum
Area of expertise: Biting midges

Biology and behaviour, metamorphosis and immature development, visualising host-parasite interface

Established researcher

Dr
Lara
Harrup

Senior Postdoctoral Research Scientist
The Pirbright Institute
Area of expertise: Biting midges

My research interests focus on combining field entomology and ecology with genetic and genomic characterisation of Culicoides to investigate vector-virus-host interactions for economically important arboviruses including bluetongue virus, African horse sickness virus, Schmallenberg virus and Oropouche orthobunyavirus. I specialise in high containment arbovirology studies and the establishment of vector surveillance networks and research projects in logistically difficult areas.

Established researcher

Dr
Rupa
Harsha

Assistant Professor
Balurghat College,West Bengal
Area of expertise: Biting midges

Bionomics of biting midges,bio systematics,insect microbiology,Laboratory rearing of important species of Culicoides and studying their life history traits

Early career researcher

Dr
Paul
Hebert

Director and Professor
University of Guelph
Area of expertise: Blackflies

DNA-based identified systems  for animal life, especially Arthropoda

Established researcher

Dr
Luis M.
Hernandez-Triana

Research Veterinary Entomologist/Arbovirologist
Animal and Plant Health Agency
Area of expertise: Blackflies, Sandflies

Working with ACDP3/SAPO4 pathogens within Biosafety Level 3 (BSL3) facilities in order to carry out vector competence studies in arthropods (mosquitoes). This also includes the preparation of SOPs and Biological Risk Assessments as well as training junior staff.

Characterization of arboviruses of medical and veterinary importance (e.g., Zika virus, West Nile virus, Rift Valley Fever virus, Usutu virus, Batai virus, Japanese Encephalitis virus) for which I have experience in tissue cell culture for virus propagation and titration, RT qPCR, DNA/RNA extraction methods and sequencing as well as serological tests.

Management of arbovirus laboratory and insectary facilities within BSL3 as well as non-containment, and line management of junior staff.

Molecular approaches and application of non-destructive techniques for vector species delineation using genetic markers such as COI DNA barcoding, ITS2, as well as for the identification of host DNA within arthropod’s blood meals (Xenosurveillance).

Application of molecular techniques for pathogens detection in arthropods such as ticks, sand flies, and mosquitoes, e.g. Piroplasms, bacteria, tick borne encephalitis.

Preparation of scientific publications, grant applications, attending national and international meetings, establishment of international collaboration, and provision of consultancy in animal health as well as communication with DEFRA stakeholders and senior management.

Curatorial experience, and collection and field-based research towards the systematics of arthropods of medical/ veterinary importance (e.g., mosquitoes, ticks, black flies, sand flies) as well as of agricultural relevance (e.g., plant bugs, termites).

Established researcher

Dr
Andrew
Hope

Post Doctoral Research Associate
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Area of expertise: Biting midges
Early career researcher

Dr
Matthew
Hopken

Research Scientist
Colorado State University
Area of expertise: Biting midges

Phylogenetics

Population genetics

Evolutionary Biology

Ecology

Conservation Genetics

Genomics

metabarcoding/metagenomics

Early career researcher

Professor
Richard
Hopkins

Professor of Behavioural Entomology
Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich
Area of expertise: Biting midges

Insect Behaviour.

Host finding Behaviour

Insect oviposition

Established researcher

Mr
NAZMUL
HOQUE

Student
University of Rajshahi
Area of expertise: Sandflies

Kala-azar or Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL) is a parasitic disease which has been recorded in South-East Asia during early 1800’s. It seems to have blowout along the Ganges and the Brahmaputra rivers, the major transport routs of Bengal and Bangladesh. In this area, Kala-azar was first described in 1824 in the Jessore district where about 75,000 people died. An intensive control program aimed at the eradication of malaria was mounted in the late 1950s and early 1960s throughout the South Asian sub-continent with the main effort based on indoor residual spraying (IRS) of DDT. Kala-azar is mainly caused by Leishmania donovani, L. infantum, or L. chagasi, but occasionally these species may cause other forms of disease. The cutaneous form of the disease is caused by more than 15 species of Leishmania.Leishmaniasis is mainly transferred by the bite of infected female phlebotomine sandflies which can transmit the protozoa Leishmania. This sandflies act as the vector.

VL is now endemic in many Bangladeshi areas, with the Mymensingh district representing over 50% of the cases. There is substantial underreporting. In 2007, the estimated number of active cases was 136,500. However, less than 5,000 cases were reported that same year. The estimated incidence of VL, according to recent studies, is 15.6/1,000 person-years in Fulbaria and 27/10,000 population in Godagari and Rajshahi.

A survey, conducted in 2006-2007, showed that when seeking care outside the community, 52% of patients made use of the public sector, 13% used poorly trained private practitioners and 28% used local chemists in order to obtain treatment. The awareness of VL is very low. Generally, in communities, VL is seen as ‘any fever that cannot be cured by the local drug sellers’.

As sandflies play a significant role in spreading the dangerous VL disease in different parts of Bangladesh, so this alarming rate of occurring VL in Bangladesh lead me to fix the mind setup to work with sand flies.

Kala-azar or Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL) is a parasitic disease which has been recorded in South-East Asia during early 1800’s. It seems to have blowout along the Ganges and the Brahmaputra rivers, the major transport routs of Bengal and Bangladesh. In this area, Kala-azar was first described in 1824 in the Jessore district where about 75,000 people died. An intensive control program aimed at the eradication of malaria was mounted in the late 1950s and early 1960s throughout the South Asian sub-continent with the main effort based on indoor residual spraying (IRS) of DDT. Kala-azar is mainly caused by Leishmania donovani, L. infantum, or L. chagasi, but occasionally these species may cause other forms of disease. The cutaneous form of the disease is caused by more than 15 species of Leishmania.Leishmaniasis is mainly transferred by the bite of infected female phlebotomine sandflies which can transmit the protozoa Leishmania. This sandflies act as the vector.

VL is now endemic in many Bangladeshi areas, with the Mymensingh district representing over 50% of the cases. There is substantial underreporting. In 2007, the estimated number of active cases was 136,500. However, less than 5,000 cases were reported that same year. The estimated incidence of VL, according to recent studies, is 15.6/1,000 person-years in Fulbaria and 27/10,000 population in Godagari and Rajshahi.

A survey, conducted in 2006-2007, showed that when seeking care outside the community, 52% of patients made use of the public sector, 13% used poorly trained private practitioners and 28% used local chemists in order to obtain treatment. The awareness of VL is very low. Generally, in communities, VL is seen as ‘any fever that cannot be cured by the local drug sellers’.

As sandflies play a significant role in spreading the dangerous VL disease in different parts of Bangladesh, so this alarming rate of occurring VL in Bangladesh lead me to fix the mind setup to work with sand flies.

Early career researcher

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