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).