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JR
Ewing

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

Miss
Tasnim
Faiez

Student
University of Birmingham
Area of expertise: Blackflies
E-mail: tasnimsyakirah [at] gmail.com
Early career researcher

Dr
Moussa
FALL

Scientific searcher
ISRA/LNERV and UCAD/LEVP
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: moussafall08 [at] yahoo.fr

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.

Early career researcher

Miss
Shyla
Faria

Logistics & Supply Chain Management Officer
National Kala-azar Elimination Programme (NKEP), CDC, DGHS
Area of expertise: Mosquitoes, Sandflies
E-mail: shylafaria [at] yahoo.com

Vector control, disease surveillance, epidemiology, etc

Early career researcher

Mrs
Emanuelle
Farias

PhD student
Instituto Leônidas e Maria Deane-FIOCRUZ, Amazonas/Instituto Oswaldo Cruz-FIOCRUZ, Rio de Janeiro
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Sandflies
E-mail: emanuellefarias82 [at] gmail.com

In biting midges (Culicoides) studies conducted in the Brazilian Central Amazon, high diversity indices were found, with 46 species, five species new to the reticulatus group and 39 morphotypes in seven subgenera that could not be identified by classical morphology due to variations. morphological for valid species. This situation should be repeated in several areas in the Amazon, making it necessary to add other combined methods of morphological diagnosis, such as morphometric and genetic analyzes, to more accurately elucidate the diversity of Culicoides.

Correct identification of an insect of economic / epidemiological interest is a basic premise for solving any entomological problem. The taxonomy of these biting midges based on their morphological characteristics is difficult due to their small size and occurrence of cryptic and complex species and those with phenotypic plasticity, which lead to misidentifications. Accurate identification is of great importance in the surveillance of arthropod-borne diseases, as large differences in vectorial capacity are found even among nearby species. My interest is to estimate the diversity of biting midges (Culicoides and Leptoconops, Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) in different regions of the Amazon, to understand biodiversity and elucidate taxonomic limits through integrated taxonomy methods.

Early career researcher

Professor
Heather
Ferguson

Professor of Medical Entomology and Disease Ecology
University of Glasgow
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Blackflies, Mosquitoes
E-mail: Heather.Ferguson [at] glasgow.ac.uk

Vector ecology and behaviour

Vector surveillance and control

Established researcher

Dr
Wilma
Fick

Senior Lecturer
University of Pretoria
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: wilma.fick [at] up.ac.za
Early career researcher

Emile
Fiesler

Researcher
Bioveyda
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Blackflies, Mosquitoes, Sandflies
E-mail: Bioveyda [at] gmail.com

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
E-mail: mark.fife [at] pirbright.ac.uk

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
E-mail: jordi [at] ebd.csic.es

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
E-mail: filatovmidge [at] gmail.com

Taxonomy

Biogeography

Vector-borne disease ecology

Early career researcher

Dr
Gabriela
Flores

DEGREE IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
UEL Unidad Ejecutora Lillo CONICET-Fundación Miguel Lillo
Area of expertise: Mosquitoes
E-mail: gcf363 [at] hotmail.com

My research interest are the vectors of diseases that inhabit phytotelmata in the  northern region in Argentina.

Early career researcher

Miss
Sophia
Fochler

Mosquito Research Technician
The Pirbright Institute
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: sophia-fochler1994 [at] hotmail.co.uk
Early career researcher

Dr
Cipriano
Foxi

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

Professor
Angelina
FRAGA

pH
Federal University of Alagoas
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: angelina.fraga [at] gmail.com

Culicoides and it's relationship with Bluetong

Early career researcher

Mr
NKEMNGO
FRANCIS NONGLEY

ASSOCIATE RESEARCH SCIENTIST
UNIVERSITY OF BUEA
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Blackflies, Mosquitoes, Sandflies
E-mail: nkemngo.francis [at] ubuea.cm

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

Mr
Fredy
Galvis Ovallos

Researcher
Epidemiology department, public health school, sao Paulo University
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: galvisfregao [at] gmail.com

Sandflies ecology, vector capacity, transmission Dynamics

Early career researcher

Dr
Juan José
García

Profesor
Center for Studies on Vectors and Parasites-CEPAVE (UNLP-CONICET) at University of la Plata, School of natural Sciences
Area of expertise: Blackflies, Mosquitoes
E-mail: juan [at] cepave.edu.ar

Mosquitoes and blackflies biological control

Established researcher

Dr
Julian
Garcia-Rejon

Research professor
Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan
Area of expertise: Mosquitoes
E-mail: julian.garcia [at] correo.uady.mx

Mosquito ecology and arboviruses

Established researcher

Dr
Rajesh Babu
Garlapati

Lead Entomologist
CARE India
Area of expertise: Mosquitoes, Sandflies
E-mail: rajeshagrico [at] gmail.com

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 [at] 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
E-mail: biolgarza [at] gmail.com

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
E-mail: kamilasalesg [at] gmail.com

- Vector-borne diseases

- Sand fly biology

- Pathogen-vector interaction

- Molecular taxonomy

Early career researcher

Mr
Agustin
Gavilanes

Student of Biology
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Area of expertise: Mosquitoes
E-mail: agustinhoo [at] hotmail.com

As a future bachelor in Biology, I developed my university path in the field of entomology, at the beginning with taxonomy, but at the two years I spent my time in a applicable field, in the vector control and survalence, developmeant of repellents and atractants, developmeant of traps, with high interess for chemistry ecology and behavoir

 

 

 

 

 

Early career researcher

Mr
Dennis
Gayi

Crop entomologist
National Agriculture Research Organisation (NARO) Uganda
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: gayidennis1983 [at] gmail.com

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
E-mail: gentafernando [at] gmail.com
Established researcher

Professor
Alec
Gerry

Professor of Veterinary Entomology
University of California at Riverside
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: alec.gerry [at] ucr.edu

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

Established researcher

Mr
Tapon Kumar
Ghosh

Student
University of Rajshahi
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: topu.ru62 [at] gmail.com
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

Mr
Debashis
Ghosh

Assistantant Coordination Manager
icddr,b
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Sandflies
E-mail: deba.du [at] yahoo.com

Leishmaniasis

Established researcher

Professor
Gabriella
Gibson

Professor of Medical Entomology
NRI, University of Greenwich
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Blackflies, Mosquitoes
E-mail: g.gibson [at] gre.ac.uk

Behaviour of blood-sucking insects with the aim of designing surveillance and control tools to reduce vector-borne disease.  Research conducted under controlled conditions in NR behaviour labs and in the field, especially in Burkina Faso, Benin, Kenya and Cameroon.

Established researcher

Dr
Awa
GNEME

Assistant Professor
Université Joseph
Area of expertise: Mosquitoes
E-mail: gplouise [at] yahoo.fr

Vectors ecology, Vector_Pathogens interactions

Early career researcher

Sonia
Gomez

PhD fellow
ISGlobal
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: soniaares [at] gmail.com
Early career researcher

Dr
Estela
Gonzalez

Research Scientist
The Pirbright Institute
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: estela.gonzalez [at] pirbright.ac.uk
Early career researcher

Dr
Mikel Alexander
González González de Heredia

Entomologist researcher
NEIKER- Basque Institution for Agricultural Research and Development
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Mosquitoes, Sandflies
E-mail: mikelalexandergonzalez86 [at] gmail.com

Post-Doc researcher

 

I am an early career researcher with 4 years expertise in Culicoides biting midges (Ph. D. Dissertation entitled: “The genus Culicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) in the Basque Country, Northern Spain”), 2 years experience in sand flies (1st Post-Doc, project named “Field trials of synthetic sex pheromone to reduce visceral leishmaniasis transmission by Lutzomyia longipalpis in Brazil”) and 3 years with mosquitoes (2nd Post-Doc in a project named “An integrated program for surveillance, disease prevention and control of the Asian Tiger Mosquito Aedes albopictus in Northern Spain”).

 

I have been working in Spain, England and Brazil on the ecology and biology of these important blood-sucking Diptera groups. My mother tongue is Spanish but I also speak and write in Portuguese and English. I consider myself a genuine field entomologist (passionate about trapping, surveillance and classical taxonomy) with high enthusiasm for nature but with some experience also in laboratory/molecular tasks. 

Early career researcher

Professor
Yuval
Gottlieb

Associate Professor
The Hebrew University
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: gottlieb.yuval [at] mail.huji.ac.il

Interaction between bacterial symbionts, viruses and midges.

Midges ecology in dairy farms.

 

Established researcher

Dr
John
Graham-Brown

Lecturer in Livestock Health and Welfare
Institute of Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool
Area of expertise: Blackflies
E-mail: xp0u405d [at] liv.ac.uk

Veterinary parasites and vectors, diagnostics and surveillance

Early career researcher

Mr
Elmer
Gray

Research Professional and Public Health Specialist
The University of Georgia
Area of expertise: Blackflies, Mosquitoes
E-mail: ewgray [at] 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
E-mail: yannick.grimaud [at] hotmail.fr
Early career researcher

Dr
Helene
Guis

epidemiology of vector-borne diseases
CIRAD - Institut Pasteur de Madagascar
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: helene.guis [at] cirad.fr

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
E-mail: serafin.gutierrez [at] cirad.fr

- 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
E-mail: dhagan [at] georgiasouthern.edu

- 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
Lee
Haines

PDRA
LSTM
Area of expertise: Mosquitoes, Sandflies
E-mail: lee.haines [at] lstmed.ac.uk

Vectors: tsetse, sand flies, kissing bugs, mosquitoes

Parasites: trypanosomes, leishmania

Viruses: Zika

Arthropod microbiota

Host-pathogen-symbiont interactions

Vector control

Insect immunology

Early career researcher

Dr
Martin
Hall

Head, Parasites and Vectors Division, Department of Life Sciences
Natural History Museum
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: m.hall [at] nhm.ac.uk

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
E-mail: lara.harrup [at] pirbright.ac.uk

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
E-mail: rupaharshamsc [at] gmail.com

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
Frances
Hawkes

Research Fellow
Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich
Area of expertise: Mosquitoes
E-mail: hf17 [at] gre.ac.uk

Vector behaviour, ecology, surveillance, and control.

Early career researcher

Dr
Paul
Hebert

Director and Professor
University of Guelph
Area of expertise: Blackflies
E-mail: phebert [at] uoguelph.ca

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
E-mail: luis-hernandez-triana [at] apha.gov.uk

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
E-mail: andrew.hope [at] lstmed.ac.uk
Early career researcher

Dr
Matthew
Hopken

Research Scientist
Colorado State University
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: mhopken [at] rams.colostate.edu

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
E-mail: R.J.Hopkins [at] gre.ac.uk

Insect Behaviour.

Host finding Behaviour

Insect oviposition

Established researcher

Mr
NAZMUL
HOQUE

Student
University of Rajshahi
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: nazmul.ru.66 [at] gmail.com

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

Mr
Md. Sahadat
Hossain

Student
University of Rajshahi
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: sahadat.zool.ru [at] gmail.com

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. The Relative abundance, Identification, Ecology, Monitoring and Management of sandflies can be a good topic for conducting research.  

Early career researcher

Mr
Md. Shahadat
Hossain

Assistant Professor
Bangladesh Agricultural University
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: shahadat.para [at] bau.edu.bd

Interested to work with vectors and vector borne diseases

Early career researcher

Dr
Lawrence
Hribar

Director of Research
Florida Keys Mosquito Control District
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Mosquitoes
E-mail: sphaeromias [at] lycos.com

Control, life history, geographic distribution, morphology

Established researcher

Karine
HUBER

Research scientist
INRA
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: karine.huber [at] cirad.fr

Population genetics and phylogeography on mosquitoes, hard ticks and Culicoides

Established researcher

Dr
H. Joel
Hutcheson

Research Scientist
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: joel.hutcheson [at] canada.ca

Geographical Distribution

Vector Competence

Arthropod-borne diseases of veterinary importance

 

Established researcher

Mr
Md. Alimul
Islam

Student
University of Rajshahi
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: alimul127 [at] gmail.com

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

Mr
Ashraful
Islam

Student
University of Rajshahi
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: iashraful041 [at] gmail.com
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

Dr
Shariful
Islam

Field Coordinator-Epidemiology
Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: sharifislam [at] ecohealthalliance.org

One Health, Wildlife Health, Vector Born Zoonotic Disease

Early career researcher

Dr
Maribel
Jiménez

Laboratoy of Medical entomology
Instituto de Salud Carlos III
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: mjimenez [at] isciii.es

Molecular biology and other studies applied mainly to the model of Leishmania infantum and its vector Phlebotomus perniciosus.

Established researcher

Dr
Robert
Jones

Study Manager, Academic and International Development Lead
Arctec, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Area of expertise: Mosquitoes
E-mail: Robert.Jones [at] lshtm.ac.uk
Early career researcher

Miss
Laura
Jones

PhD student
The Pirbright Institute
Area of expertise: Mosquitoes
E-mail: laura.jones [at] pirbright.ac.uk
Early career researcher

Mr
Hmooda
Kafy

Head of Integrated Vector Mnagement Department
Federal Ministry of Health, Khartoum, Sudan
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: hmoodatuok [at] gmail.com

My career for sand flies is early but for others such as mosquitoes well established

Vector ecology, biology , identification and vector control including vector surveillance and monitoring of insecticides resistance

Early career researcher

Mr
Surajit
Kar

Research fellow
The University of Burdwan
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: kar.sura2010 [at] gmail.com

I am working with ecology and to some extent biology of biting midges(Diptera:ceratopogonidae).

Early career researcher

Dr
Md. Rezaul
Karim

Scientific Officer
Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: reza [at] blri.gov.bd

I am Md. Rezaul Karim, Scientific Officer of Animal Health Research Division, Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute (BLRI), Dhaka, Bangladesh. I have completed Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) & Master of Science (MS) in Microbiology in English medium from Bangladesh Agricultural University.

I have taken part in the training course on PCR, real-time PCR, Genome sequencing & Gene expression, Bioinformatics and Laboratory quality management system. I am skilled in Cell culture, Embryo inoculation, PCR, RT-PCR, Real-Time PCR, Gel electrophoresis, ELISA, HA, HI, Sequencing, Sequence analysis and Phylogenetic analysis.

My Research Interest: Vectore borne zoonotic diseases, Antimicrobial Resistance, Genetic diversity, Comparative genomics, Computational metagenomics, Genome evolution, Next-generation DNA sequencing

Early career researcher

Mr
Rajaul
Karim

Senior Entomologist( Medical Entomologist)
Director Genaral of Health Services. The Government Republic of Bangladesh.
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: Md.rajaulkarim [at] yahoo.com
Early career researcher

Mr
SUMAN
KARMAKAR

Junior research fellow
WEST BENGAL STATE UNIVERSITY
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: karmakarsuman77 [at] gmail.com

I want to focus on the fact that gut harboring microbiota of sandflies have positive or negative effect on Leishmania development.

 

Early career researcher

Mr
SUMAN
KARMAKAR

Junior research fellow
WEST BENGAL STATE UNIVERSITY
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: sumankarmakar741993 [at] gmail.com

Screening of microbial populations in sand-fly (vector and non-vector) gut in Visceral Leishmaniasis endemic and non-endemic regions and evaluating their interaction with gut harboring parasite. 

Identification of the most suitable species of bacteria as therapeutic lead against Leishmaniasis.

Early career researcher

Miss
Tahura
Khanam

MS student in Microbiology
Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: tahura.munmun [at] gmail.com

My research interest is on virology especially which are vector transmitted.Although my thesis topic was in Bluetongue virus which is culicoides transmitted disease in sheep.

Early career researcher

Dr
Simon
King

Postdoctoral Scientist
The Pirbright Institute
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: simon.king [at] pirbright.ac.uk
Early career researcher

Miss
Georgia
Kirby

PhD Student
University of Glasgow
Area of expertise: Blackflies
E-mail: g.kirby.2 [at] research.gla.ac.uk

Black fly ecology, avian malaria transmission and interactions with Wolbachia.

Early career researcher

Dr
Daniel
Kline

Research Entomologist
USDA-ARS, CMAVE
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: dan.kline [at] ars.usda.gov

Behavior, biology, ecology, trapping, surveillance, chemical ecology, attractants,  spatial repellents and population management.

Established researcher

Dr
Georgette
Kluiters

BBSRC Future Leader Fellow
University of Liverpool
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: g.kluiters [at] liverpool.ac.uk

A veterinary epidemiologist and entomologist specialising in the biology and control of insect vectors of livestock diseases.

I have a strong veterinary science background with a PhD in veterinary epidemiology and entomology, more specifically in relation to the livestock disease bluetongue, and its midge vectors. Experienced in designing and undertaking field-studies on disease vectors, including their ecology, flight dynamics and feeding behaviour as well as both morphological and molecular identification of these insects and their blood meals.

Previously worked as a postdoctoral research associate on a BBSRC-funded project which aimed to improve projections for the future of bluetongue and its vectors under scenarios of climate and environmental change.

Currently a BBSRC Future Leader Fellow determining the effect of a parasitic worm on the life history characteristics, vector competence and survival of insects that transmit economically important viruses to livestock - thereby assessing their potential as biological control agents.

Early career researcher

Dr
Lassane
Koala

Medical Entomologist, PhD
Institut de Recherche en Sciences de la Santé (IRSS)/ Direction Regionale de l'Ouest
Area of expertise: Blackflies
E-mail: koalalassane [at] gmail.com

I am interested in developing new tools for surveillance and control of vectors of onchocerciasis and other NTDs like Lymphatic filariasis and Human trypanosomiasis. My country to begin the process of elimination of onchocerciasis but we face many challenges including the cross-border migration of infested blackflie, the migration of human populations carrying parasites, and the difficulty to achieve therapeutic coverage rates because socio-economic factors. In addition there are still areas where onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis are co-endemic. As a medical entomologist, I am looking to improve or develop new vector control tools in order to contribute to the elimination of NTDs.

Early career researcher

Dr
DABIRE
Kounbobr Roch

Medical entomologist
Institut de Recherche en Science de la Santé (IRSS)
Area of expertise: Blackflies, Sandflies
E-mail: dabireroch [at] gmail.com

- Vector ecology and control (malaria, FL and dengue vectors)

-Vectors of NTD: sandflies, black flies (vector dynamics, disease transmission, support of national control programmes of Onchocerciasis, Leishmaniasis)

- Traps development

Established researcher

Mojca
Kristan

Research Fellow
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: mojca.kristan [at] lshtm.ac.uk

So far, my research has been on malaria vectors , insecticide resistance, parasite-vector interactions and malaria transmission. However, I will now try to use some of this knowledge and apply it in research on sandflies and biting midges.

Early career researcher

Dr
Andreas
Krüger

Research medical entomologist
Bundeswehr-Hospital Hamburg
Area of expertise: Blackflies, Mosquitoes, Sandflies
E-mail: krueger [at] bni-hamburg.de

Vector taxonomy, faunistics, molecular phylogeny, blackly cytotaxonomy, Africa

Established researcher

Dr
VIJAY
KUMAR

ICMR CONSULTANT
RAJENDRA MEMORIAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL SCIENCES (INDIAN COUNCIL OF MEDICAL RESEARCH)
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: vijayrnagar [at] hotmail.com

Being a senior level scientific professional specialized for vector control, I worked upon the different aspect of Entomological work and successfully leading the Department of Vector Biology & Control for more than 30 years with following achievements in my research career. I worked on different aspect of Entomological work and successfully leading the Department of Vector Biology & Control for more than 30 years with following achievements in my research career.

I have been deputed as a district coordinator for National Kala-azar elimination programme an initiative put forwarded by GOI. Taking experience from Kala-azar control at Vaishali district (with cases less than 1/10000 per population in year 2016), at present I am actively engaged in developing Zero-Tolerance Kala-azar zone by implementing improved strategies of vector control at 2 more districts(s) viz., Saran and Muzaffarpur of Bihar (assignment put forwarded by GOI). I had developed IRS action plan for Vaishali district and supervised IRS, active case detection in all 16 PHCs of Vaishali district. Monitored and replaced spray of DDT with alphacypermethrine based on my finding of development of resistance in P. argentipes against DDT. Introduction of Hand Compression Pump (HCP) in place of conventional strirrup pump with signifactory result. Shown significant result with implementation of impregnated fiber (Durable Wall Linings), Impregnation of nets, environmental management for vector control. Implemented WHO/TDR project for the Integrated Vector Control management and five TDR/APW for the improvement of IRS for the Kala-azar control.

Along with the above mentioned success, at present I am engaged with important project(s) like research on effect of current insecticide viz., Alphacypermethrine on Kala-azar  vector to get it registration to CIB Delhi, Optimising the implementation of synthetic pyrethroid insecticide in IRS for VL elimination, development of insecticide quantification kits for IRS evaluation, rotation  of insecticide for  resistance management etc.

FOREIGN FUNDING AGENCIES AS PROJECT COLLABORATORS 

Associated as a member of central observer team for monitoring of IRS program of National Vector Borne Disease Control Program (Government of India) for Kala-azar Elimination Target Program from the endemic districts of India. Involved in Kala-Azar elimination programme with State Health Society, Bihar. Investigator in KALANET Project, European Commission. Investigator in DBT Project. Co-PI in Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS), Switzerland funded project Co-PI in WHO /TDR APW project-Phase 1-V. Co-PI in World Bank, Washington DC Co-PI in Wellcome Trust, UK, funded project Co-PI in Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), Seattle, Washington, United States, funded project Medical Entomology Unit at ISCII, Madrid, Spain. Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom University of York, UK. WELLCOME TRUST. UK Government Department for International Development (DfID, Kalacore consortium) through Mott MacDonald Co-PI in London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK.
Established researcher

Mr
Lucas
Kunene

PhD student
University of Cape Town, Medical School, Health Sciences, Lower Campus, Rondebosch
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Blackflies, Sandflies
E-mail: kunene47 [at] gmail.com

I am interested in disease causing vectors especially those causing Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) such as Zika, While Nile Virus, Yellow fever, Nyakungzuwa, Dengue (all caused by Mosquito) and the Tsetse Fly causing sleeping sickness and other diseases.

Early career researcher

Dr
Godwin
Kwakye-Nuako

Lecturer
University of Cape Coast
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Sandflies
E-mail: gkwakye-nuako [at] ucc.edu.gh

Leishmania-midges and Leishmania-sandly interactions

Early career researcher

Dr
Karien
Labuschagne

Reseacher
ARC-Onderstepoort Veterinary Research
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: labuschagnek [at] arc.agric.za

Taxonomy, identification and distribution of Culicoides biting midges. African horse sickness epidemiology

Established researcher

Mr
Harrison
Lambert

Postgraduate Research student
Natural Resources Institute
Area of expertise: Mosquitoes
E-mail: harrison.lambert [at] greenwich.ac.uk

Mosquito ecology, Vector ecology/biology, vector control, malaria, Vector borne disease, Agriculture and health

Early career researcher

Mrs
Zoe
Langlands

Research Assistant
The Pirbright Institute
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: zoe.langlands [at] pirbright.ac.uk
Early career researcher

Miss
Victoria
Laporte

Student (graduating in Biology)
PUC Minas
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: victorialaporte2 [at] gmail.com

Parasitology (Leishmania) and zoology of invertebrates

Early career researcher

Dr
Renato
León

Associate Professor of Medical Entomology
Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Mosquitoes, Sandflies
E-mail: rleon [at] usfq.edu.ec

I am a medical entomologist that live in Ecuador, South América.   I am a faculty member at Universidad San Francisco de Quito USFQ  since 2002  and Director of the Medical Entomology and Tropical Medicine Laboratory LEMMT. I am interested on  research on sand flies, biting midges of the genus Culicoides and mosquitoes and on diseases such as  leishmaniasis, malaria and arboviruses with emphasis on dengue chikungunya, zika and new emerging  or re emerging pathogens . 

Established researcher

Professor
James
Logan

Professor
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: james.logan [at] lshtm.ac.uk
Established researcher

Miss
Yaimie
López

Research Assistant/Profesor
Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
Area of expertise: Mosquitoes, Sandflies
E-mail: yslopez [at] uvg.edu.gt

I'm interested in disease ecology of vector borne diseases, such as malaria, Zika and leishmaniasis. 

Early career researcher

Miss
Yaimie
Lopez

Research Assistant
Center for Health Studies, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
Area of expertise: Mosquitoes, Sandflies
E-mail: ylopez [at] ces.uvg.edu.gt

Vector ecology, cutaneous Leishmaniasis, parasitic vector borne diseases, sandfly ecology, zoonotic diseases

Early career researcher

Mr
David
López Peña

PhD student and hired as researcher
Laboratory of Zoology and Pest Control, Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology, University of Valencia
Area of expertise: Blackflies
E-mail: david.lopez [at] uv.es

Simuliidae systematics, taxonomy, identification, biology, ecology, epidemiology and control.

 

Early career researcher

Erica
Lovett

Research Scientist
The Pirbright Institute
Area of expertise: Mosquitoes
E-mail: erica.lovett [at] pirbright.ac.uk
Early career researcher

Professor
Javier
Lucientes

Professor
University of Zaragoza
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Sandflies
E-mail: jlucien [at] unizar.es

Vector Surveillance. Ecology . Control

Epidemiology Vector Borne Diseases

Established researcher

Dr
Renke
Lühken

PostDoc
Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Sandflies
E-mail: renkeluhken [at] gmail.com
Early career researcher

Miss
Sarah
Lumley

Postdoctoral Research Scientist
The Pirbright Institute
Area of expertise: Mosquitoes
E-mail: sarah.lumley [at] pirbright.ac.uk
Early career researcher

Dr
Timothy
Lysyk

Retired
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: timlysyk [at] gmail.com

Population dynamics, modelling, species distribution, ecology

Established researcher

Mr
Shuddhasattwa
Maitra Mazumdar

Research fellow
University of Burdwan
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: suddhamoitra [at] gmail.com

Vector ecology, host seeking behavior

Early career researcher

Dr
Benjamin
Makepeace

Reader
University of Liverpool
Area of expertise: Blackflies
E-mail: blm1 [at] liverpool.ac.uk

I have been working on onchocerciasis for 18 years, focusing on the Onchocerca ochengi bovine system as an analogue of the human disease. My research spans vaccine, drug and diagnostics development for onchocerciasis using this bovine system, as well as basic questions about the evolution of filarial nematodes, their association with Wolbachia symbionts, and their capacity for immune evasion. 

Established researcher

Dr
Maria Isabel
Maldonado Coelho Guedes

Assistant Professor
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: mariaisabel.guedes [at] gmail.com

Animal Virology, with emphasis in Orbivirus, Orthopoxvirus, Herpesvirus, studying aspects about pathogenesis, molecular characterization, diagnosis and vaccines.

Early career researcher

Professor
Juan Sebastian
Mantilla

Professor-Research
Universidad El Bosque
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Blackflies
E-mail: jmantillag [at] unbosque.edu.co

I am interested in the  ecology  of blackflies (adults and immature stages) and their role as vectors of different parasites for human and birds.

Early career researcher

Dr
Antonio
Marques

Aspectos da transmissão de leishmaniose: diversidade, identificação de hábito alimentar, detecção e identificação de Leishmania spp. em flebotomíneos de municípios do Estado de Rondônia
Fiocruz Rondonia
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: junior.ampj [at] gmail.com

My objective is to interact with sand fly reserachers in the world. Actually, my work is to identify possible sand fly vectors in the Rondonia state, Amazonia, Brazil

Early career researcher

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