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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

Mr
Pilate
Kwi

student
university of Buea
Area of expertise: Mosquitoes
E-mail: kpkbush [at] yahoo.com

mosquito diversity, virus transmitted by mosquitoes and insecticide  resistance

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

Dr
DJAMOUKO DJONKAM
Landre

Assistant Researcher
OCEAC
Area of expertise: Mosquitoes
E-mail: djamoukolandry [at] yahoo.fr

Malaria vector ecology and  vector control.

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

Miss
Paige
Lewington

Undergraduate Researcher
The Pirbright Institute
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: paige.lewington [at] pirbright.ac.uk

Vector biology, animal and zoonotic diseases

Early career 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
Lopez

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

I'm interested in understanding the transmission dynamics of tropical vector borne diseases, mainly the ecological aspects. Currently, I'm a Wellcome Trust Fellow at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Universidad del Valle de Guatemala. My fellowship focuses on establishing the baseline of the transmission cycle of cutaneous leishmaniasis in an endemic area in Guatemala. We'll be looking at the diversity of Leishmania parasites circulating in human patients, natural infection in sandflies and blood sources of the sandflies. 

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

Dr
Sarah
Lumley

Virologist
DSTL
Area of expertise: Mosquitoes
E-mail: slumley [at] dstl.gov.uk
Established 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

Scientist B
Central Silk Board, Govt of India
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: suddhamoitra [at] gmail.com

Vector ecology, host seeking behavior, Culicoides

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

Miss
Emily
Martin

PhD Student
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Area of expertise: Mosquitoes
E-mail: emily.martin [at] lstmed.ac.uk

Investigating the mechanisms of resistance to neonicotinoid insectciides in mosquito species. This involves in silico work looking at variant gene expression using Ag1000G project data, in vitro work looking at gene expression levels and in vivo work to assess phenotypic susceptibility to insecticides.

Early career researcher

Dr
Ines
Martin-Martin

Postdoctoral Fellow
National Institutes of Health
Area of expertise: Mosquitoes, Sandflies
E-mail: martinines [at] hotmail.com

Role of Sand fly and Mosquito saliva in pathogen infection and transmission

Early career researcher

Dr
Daniel
Martín-Vega

Postdoctoral Researcher
Universidad de Alcalá
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: daniel.martinve [at] uah.es

Diptera of medical and veterinary importance; insect anatomy and development; visualisation of Diptera metamorphosis; visualisation of host/parasite interfaces.

Early career researcher

Dr
Josue
Martinez de la Puente

Postdoc
Estación Biológica de Doñana
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Blackflies
E-mail: jmp [at] ebd.csic.es

ecology

Early career researcher

Dr
Angeliki
Martinou

Head Entomologist
Joint Services Health Unit
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: af.martinou [at] gmail.com
Established researcher

Dr
Bruno
MATHIEU

Medical and Veterinary Entomologist
University of Strasbourg
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: bmathieu [at] unistra.fr

Culicoides, Integrative taxonomy, Barcoding, Phylogeny, Morphology, Development of molecular tools, Interactive identification keys, Vector ecology

Established researcher

Dr
Damaris
Matoke-Muhia

Post Doc Fellow
Kenya Medical Research Institute
Area of expertise: Mosquitoes, Sandflies
E-mail: kdamah [at] gmail.com

A molecular biology research scientist with interest is on utilising genomics in the control vector borne diseases mainly malaria and leishmaniasis

Early career researcher

Professor
Abhijit
Mazumdar

Professor in Zoology
The University of Burdwan
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: abhijitbu02 [at] gmail.com

Biology of Culicoides spp & predatory midges

Vector ecology & host vector interaction of Culicoides spp.

Morphological and molecular characterization of Culicoides spp

Established researcher

Dr
Santosh
Mazumdar

Principal Investigator
Environment and Community Development (ENCODE)
Area of expertise: Mosquitoes
E-mail: mazumdarsantosh [at] gmail.com

Taxonomy and biology of mosquitoes.

Established researcher

Dr
David
Mburu

SnR. Lecturer/scientist
Pwani University_Pwani University Biosciences Research Center(PUBReC)
Area of expertise: Mosquitoes
E-mail: Davmburu12 [at] gmail.com

Vector Biology

Vector_Parasites interactions

Early career researcher

Dr
Emily
McDermott

Postdoctoral Fellow
Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Sandflies
E-mail: emily.g.mcdermott.ctr [at] mail.mil

Vectors of livestock pathogens, zoonoses, virus-vector interactions, vector surveillance, vector control

Early career researcher

Bethany
McGregor

PhD Candidate
University of Florida, Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: bethanylmcgregor [at] gmail.com

My research interests are focused on vector ecology and the role of ecology in understanding the epidemiology and epizootiology of pathogens. My research also spans laboratory based infection and vector competency studies.

CAREER UPDATE: I graduated last May with my PhD in entomology from the University of Florida. I did a postdoc at the CDC where I studied an invasive population of Aedes aegypti and also completed laboratory studies with West Nile virus and Oropouche virus. I have since started a full time research entomologist position with the USDA Agricultural Research Service at the Arthropod borne Animal Diseases Research Unit in Manhattan, KS. I continue to study Culicoides ecology in this capacity, with specific areas of interest including host associations, sugar feeding ecology, spatial ecology, and larval ecology. I am also interested in the ecology of Culicoides-borne diseases including epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus, bluetongue virus, and vesicular stomatitis virus. Through the vast breadth of ecological research we pursue, we hope to leverage our results to better understand not just the true breadth of vector species in North America but also management and control strategies that target specific ecological characteristics of vector midges.

Early career researcher

Mr
James
McGregor

Veterinary student
The University of Liverpool
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: jamesmcgregor30 [at] hotmail.com

Culicoides, Vector species, sugar sources

Early career researcher

Shannon
McIntyre

Research Assistant
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: shannon.mcintyre1 [at] lshtm.ac.uk

I am currently working as a Research Assistant on the Bill and Melinda Gates funded consortium 'Setting the Post-Elimination Agenda for Kala-azar in India' (SPEAK India), and completing my PhD on xenomonitoring of visceral leishmaniasis.

My primary areas of interest are xenomonitoring, leishmaniasis transmission dynamics, the impacts of climate change on vector borne diseases, and vector control.

Early career researcher

Professor
Philip
Mellor

Emeritus Fellow
Pirbright Institute
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Blackflies
E-mail: philip.mellor44 [at] btinternet.com

Retired - more or less

Established researcher

Miss
Ana Sofia
Méndez Arévalo

Student
Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: men17137 [at] uvg.edu.gt

Venomics and Transcriptomics related to Neglected Tropical Diseases

Immunology 

 

Early career researcher

Mr
Soeren
Metelmann

Research Associate
University of Liverpool, IGH
Area of expertise: Mosquitoes
E-mail: soeren.metelmann [at] liverpool.ac.uk

Primarily mathematical modelling of vector and infection dynamics.
I am also interested in (laboratory based) behavioural studies with mosquitoes.

Early career researcher

Dr
Mohammad Asaduzzaman
Miah

Assistant Professor
Patuakhali science and Technology University
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Blackflies, Sandflies
E-mail: mamiah81 [at] yahoo.com

The research works, recently I have been carried on disease vector insects (mosquitos, planthoppers) particularly focused on their physiology and molecular biology studies to explore their control mechanism. Accordingly, I am looking for opportunities to relate my previous knowledge, skills and experiences to do further research on vector insect-pests’ like vector midges, flies and their management aiming to eliminate vector borne disease.

Early career researcher

Dr
Mary Katherine
Mills

Assistant Professor
University of South Carolina Aiken
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Mosquitoes
E-mail: marymi [at] usca.edu

I work with Culicoides and vector mosquito species in the South Carolina area. My lab identifies vectors and pathogens from field collections. We also utilize RNAi to determine the molecular mechanisms behind blood-feeding and pathogen transmission in Culicoides sonorensis.  

Early career researcher

Dr
Miguel Angel
Miranda

Lecturer in Zoology
University of the Balearic Islands
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Sandflies
E-mail: ma.miranda [at] uib.es

Bioecology, control and taxonomy of Culicoides spp. and Phlebotominae

Established researcher

Mr
Rodrigo
Miranda

Evaluation of the immunological and enzymatic profile of Aedes aegypti (Linnaeus) treated with Metarhizium brunneum (Metsch.) Sorokin
Oswaldo Cruz Institute
Area of expertise: Mosquitoes
E-mail: r-prado-miranda [at] bol.com.br

As an early career researcher and PHD student, in order to develop and solidify my knowledge in entomology, taxonomic and molecular techniques, i look forward to participate the gnatwork.

Early career researcher

Dr
Mayank
Modi

Assistant Professor of Basic Science & Clinical Medicine
Caribbean Medical University, School of Medicine, Curacao
Area of expertise: Mosquitoes
E-mail: drmodi1986 [at] gmail.com
Early career researcher

Dr
Sushil Kumar
Mohapatra

Assistant Professor
Department of Animal Biotechnology, College of veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, Sardarkrushinagar Dantiwada Agricultural University
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: sushilmohapatra [at] yahoo.co.in

Molecular diagnostics, vector borne diseases in animal and its control, Stem cell biology, Cloning

Alternative email: drsushilmohapatra@gmail.com

 

Early career researcher

Mr
Tim
Möhlmann

PhD candidate
Wageningen University and Research
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: tim.mohlmann [at] wur.nl
Early career researcher

Miss
Most. Momotaj
Mohol

Student
University of Rajshahi
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: momotajmohol9005 [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
Ricardo
Molina

Head of the Laboratory of Medical Entomology
Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Laboratory of Medical Entomology
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: rmolina [at] isciii.es

Vectorial competence of sand flies for leishmaniasis and arboviruses

Established researcher

Miss
Carolina
Molina

Student
Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Mosquitoes
E-mail: johannamolina0 [at] gmail.com

I am interested on the ecology of vectors such as mosquitos and biting midges specially because these are main vectors of tropical diseases that affect countries like Ecuador, where I am from. I made my undergraduate project about abundance of Aedes aegypti in Galapagos Islands on 2017-2018. Currently, I am studying a MsC. program on Microbiology and I started working on the detecting of vectors of Oropuche virus in Ecuador analyzing Culex spp. and Culicoides by qPCR.

Early career researcher

Dr
Hameem
Mollick

MS fellow in Microbiology
Chittagong
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: hameemdvm17 [at] yahoo.com

Bitting midges, Blackflies, Sandflies.

Early career researcher

Dr
Dinesh
Mondal

senior scientist
icddrb
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: din63d [at] icddrb.org

Visceral Leismaniasis

Established researcher

Mr
Biswajit
Mondal

Research Fellow
The University of Burdwan
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: mbiswajit171 [at] gmail.com

Ecological parameters and biology of Culicoides.

Early career researcher

Dr
Carolina
Monteiro

Technician
Fiocruz Minas
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: carolina.monteiro [at] fiocruz.br

I just started a job as a sand fly collection techinician so I started do study sand flies txonomy. My carear was developed studying sand flies interaction with leishmania and bacteria, but now I need to improve my epidomiology and taxonomy skills on this insect. 

Early career researcher

Dr
Ramiro
Morales-Hojas

Research Scientist
Rothamsted Research
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Blackflies
E-mail: r.moraleshojas [at] gmail.com

Molecular evolution, genomics, population genetics, phylogeography, landscape genetics and phylogenetics.

Established researcher

Mr
Saied
Mousa

Lecturer
University of Tobruk
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: saiedmousaa [at] gmail.com

I'm interested in working in environmental protection.

Early career researcher

Sofía Lorián
Moya

PhD Student
Instituto Nacional de Medicina Tropical, Ministerio de Salud y Desarrollo Social, Argentina & CONICET
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: sofialorian [at] gmail.com

Phlebotomine Taxonomy; Barcoding, Epidemiology; Molecular Biology and natural infection; Blood meal.

Early career researcher

Miss
Emon
Mukhopadhyay

Senior Research Fellow
Zoological Survey of India
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: emon.mukherjee7 [at] gmail.com

Taxonomy, diversity and distribution of biting midges,study the influence of altitude, temperature and precipitation on the vector and invasive insects of this group with the help of species distribution modelling in India.

Early career researcher

Dr
Farah Isse
Mumin

Lecturer/Researcher
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Red Sea University, Somalia
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: muminvet [at] gmail.com

Vector transmitted parasitic diseases, Veterinary Vaccine Production, Rational Use of Veterinary Drugs. currently investigating major tabanids transmitting Camel trypanosomiasis in Mudug Region, Somalia.

Early career researcher

md.mosaddekur rahman
munna

Research assistant
Jahangirnagar University
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: m.mosaddek4142 [at] gmail.com


Insect pest management . Through this management system, will develop and implement environmentally sound, sustainable practices to lessen the impact of insect pests. This research area concentrates on pests of field crops, livestock, horticultural crops, urban environments as well as forests.
 

Early career researcher

Dr
Archie
Murchie

Senior Scientific Officer
Agri-food & Biosciences Institute
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: archie.murchie [at] outlook.com

Insect surveillance and monitoring

Integrated pest management

Established researcher

Dr
Steve
Murphree

professor of biology
Belmont University
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: steve.murphree [at] belmont.edu

morphological and ecological studies of biting midge larvae, particularly Culicoides species

Established researcher

Mr
Abdurahman Mohamed
Muse

Animal Health Consultant
Puntland Ministry of Livestock and Animal Husbandry
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: camamusaw [at] gmail.com

Animal health, vector-borne diseases and parasitic vaccine production

Early career researcher

Dr
Brindha Narayanan
Narayanan

Assistant Professor
Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: brindhanarayanan [at] gmail.com

Culicoides as vector for bluetongue, bluetongue epidemiology, vaccinology and diagnosis

Early career researcher

Dr
Dana
Nayduch

Research Molecular Biologist
USDA-ARS
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: dana.nayduch [at] ars.usda.gov

Transcriptome, genome and microbiome projects in biting midges and other diptera. Vector-microbe interactions, vector competence, larval microbial ecology.

Established researcher

Dr
AKMA
NGAH HAMID

DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL
DEPARTMENT OF VETERINARY SERVICES, MALAYSIA
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: akma1494 [at] gmail.com
Early career researcher

Mr
Akwelle
Ngwese Roland

Research Assistant
Molecular & Cell Biology Laboratory, University of Buea, Cameroon
Area of expertise: Blackflies
E-mail: nhon.akwelle [at] yahoo.com

Development and evaluation of novel and highly sensitive and specific point of care diagnostics/vaccine for neglected tropical diseases such as human onchocerciasis. 

Early career researcher

Dr
El Hadji Amadou
Niang

Research Associate
Cheikh Anta Diop University
Area of expertise: Mosquitoes
E-mail: eaniang1 [at] yahoo.fr

My interests encompass various aspects related to insect vector ecology, population genetics and genomics, evolution and applied consequences of insecticide resistance and the control of mosquito vectors of human disease, especially for malaria.

Early career researcher

Dr
Adrian
Nicholas

Senior Research Entomologist
Central Coast Primary Industries Centre
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: Adrian.Nicholas [at] dpi.nsw.gov.au

Biting midge ecology, trapping and surveillance

Established researcher

Dr
Chinonyelum Linda
Oforka

Lecturer and Researcher
University of Lagos
Area of expertise: Blackflies, Mosquitoes
E-mail: chinoforka [at] unilag.edu.ng

Vector biology, ecology, surveillance and control.

Vector population dynamics, molecular characterisations, and parasite transmission potentials.

Early career researcher

Dr
Philip
Oke

Lecturer/Researcher
Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Sandflies
E-mail: dvmoke [at] yahoo.com

Parasitic insects in Nigeria with interest in biting midges and sand flies

Early career researcher

Mr
Olusola
Olaleye

Research officer
Nigerian Institute for Trypanosmiasis and Onchocerciasis Research
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Blackflies, Mosquitoes
E-mail: olusolaolaleye1 [at] gmail.com

Control of vectors that transmits  diseases using natural products

Early career researcher

Dr
Evelyn
Olanga

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Malaria Alert Centre - Communicable Diseases Action Centre [MAC-CDAC] of the University of Malawi
Area of expertise: Mosquitoes
E-mail: eveolanga [at] gmail.com

My research interests include vector control, vector biology, infectious diseases, neglected diseases and basic biology

Early career researcher

Mr
Akinseye
Olanrewaju

Research Officer
Nigerian Institute For Trypanosomiasis (& Onchocerciasis) Research (NITR)
Area of expertise: Blackflies, Mosquitoes, Sandflies
E-mail: akinseyeroland [at] gmail.com

The mechanism of action of the anti-trypanocidal drugs such as pentamidine, fexinidazole and acoziborole (to mention but a few) and even some natural herbs which are being administered to cases of African trypanosomiasis revealed that they are usually directed to assault and kill the trypanosomes in the body. The red blood cell (RBC) membrane which form the first site of infection are usually unprepared for the first attack and hence the RBCs suffer massive destruction as seen in various anaemic shape the cells assumed after the first wave of parasitaemia. The bilayer membrane of RBCs consist of glycoproteins such as glycophorin A which bound to neuraminic acid (NA) and O-linked oligosaccharide sugar. This conjugate forms the binding site for trypanosome on RBCs. NA can be oxidized or cleaved from glycophorin by neuraminidase or sialidase secreted by the invading trypanosome. The research interest lies in the ability to screen for neuraminidase inhibitors either natural or synthetic compounds which can be used to block the parasite before adhering itself to the surface of RBCs and damage the cells. This will requires designing or screening for compound, its bioavailability, molecular basis and understanding its toxicity as well as its effectiveness. 

Early career researcher

Dr
A.Sonia
Olmeda García

Associate Professor
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Blackflies, Mosquitoes, Sandflies
E-mail: angeles [at] ucm.es

Ticks; Tick-Borne Diseases; Vector-Borne Diseases

Established researcher

Professor
Daniel
Oluwayelu

LECTURER/RESEARCHER
University of Ibadan
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: ogloryus [at] yahoo.com

Surveillance for zoonotic and emerging infectious diseases of livestock, companion animals and wildlife; viral discovery and ecology; arthropod-borne viral diseases of medical/veterinary importance.

Established researcher

Priscilla
Opare

Student
University of Cape Coast
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Blackflies, Sandflies
E-mail: prylla8 [at] gmail.com

Leishmania

Early career researcher

Miss
Eliana
Ordoqui

Junior researcher
Center for Studies on Vectors and Parasites-CEPAVE (UNLP-CONICET)
Area of expertise: Blackflies
E-mail: eliana_ordoqui_7 [at] hotmail.com

Taxonomy, biology, ecology, vector competence and control of blackflies. I am working on a blackfly problems a long Salado river at Buenos Aires Province. I found 4 species of blackflies breeding in this river and closer chanels. One species, Simulium chaquense is a big problems for more than 1.500.000 people living in the area. I want to go deep in this problem trying to give some solutions to those people.

Early career researcher

Dr
Mike Yaw
Osei-Atweneboana

Principal Research Scientist-Council for Scientific and Industrial Research-Water Research Institute (CSIR), Associate Professor- CSIR- College of Science and Technology
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research- Water Research Institute (CSIR-WRI)
Area of expertise: Blackflies, Mosquitoes
E-mail: oseiatweneboana [at] yahoo.co.uk

My expertise are in the areas of  medical entomology, parasitology and molecular biology. Applying these expertise my research interest involves exploring blackfly vector dynamics  and transmission patterns of onchocerciasis and other  Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)  to support the control of onchocerciasis and other NTDs and also determine the  feasibility of onchocerciasis elimination in Ghana. Other research interest include  the development of molecular diagnostic tools and genetic markers to determine the  parasitological responses to antihelminthics and to understand the  mechanisms  of drug resistance.

Established researcher

Dr
Maha
Osman

Researcher
National Center for Research
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: mahaelhadi [at] hotmail.com

My research interests are in the areas of molecular epidemiology of tropical diseases and identification of potential bio-markers for the diagnosis and control of diseases. In the area of tropical diseases I focus on control of leishmaniasis and malaria with particular interest on sandfly.

Established researcher

Professor
Chris
Oura

Professor of Veterinary Virology
University of the West Indies
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: chris.oura [at] sta.uwi.edu

Vector borne viral diseases of animals and humans

Culicoides -borne viral diseases

Bluetongue virus, Oropouche virus and  EHDV

One Health

Established researcher

Professor
Yusuf
OZBEL

Full Professor
Ege University Faculty of Medicine Department of Parasitology
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: yusuf.ozbel [at] ege.edu.tr

Sand fly fauna, leishmaniasis epidemiology, sand fly identification tools

Established researcher

Dr
Nonito
Pages

Research Scientist
CIRAD
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: nonito.pages [at] cirad.fr

My research interest rely on the role of arthropods in the transmission of pathogens of Veterinary and Public Health relevance.

My experience as entomologist is based on the study of biting midges and mosquitoes of the Palearctic and Neotropical regions. My main domains of expertise include vector taxonomy, genetic-barcoding, bloodmeal host identification, distribution and diversity of species communities, surveillance and epidemiology of vector-borne diseases and experimental infections of vectors to study vector-pathogen interactions.

 

Established researcher

Mr
ARJUN
PAL

Project Fellow
The University of Burdwan
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: arjun2pal [at] gmail.com

I work on molecular taxonomy of Culicoides spp  to elucidate species complexes.

Early career researcher

Professor
CHIRANJIB
PAL

Professor
West Bengal State University, Barasat, Norths 24 Parganas,
Area of expertise: Mosquitoes, Sandflies
E-mail: chiranjibpal.zoology [at] wbsu.ac.in

​​​​Development of prophylactic/ therapeutic leads against visceral leishmaniasis.

Transmission biology of leishmaniasis.

Leishmania-sandfly interactions.

Influence of non-vector bite on the transmission of vector-borne infectious diseases.  

Established researcher

Dr
Claudia
Paredes-Esquivel

Lecturer
University of the Balearic Islands
Area of expertise: Mosquitoes
E-mail: claudia.paredes [at] uib.es

Vector-borne pathogens, PCR-based diagnostics, Parasites, Molecular phylogenetics, population genetics

Established researcher

Anca
Paslaru

Doctorand
Institute of Parasitology, Zurich
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: ancaiona.paslaru [at] uzh.ch
Early career researcher

Miss
Gabriela
Passos

Estudant
University of São Paulo
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: kimiketi [at] hotmail.com
Early career researcher

Dr
Nilotpol
Paul

Researcher at university
The University of Burdwan
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: nilotpolento [at] gmail.com

Biology and taxonomy of Biting Midges, specially immature taxonomy, egg taxonomy of Culicoides

Established researcher

Miss
Patrícia
Paulino

MV. Ms.
UFRRJ
Area of expertise: Mosquitoes
E-mail: patgpaulino [at] gmail.com
Early career researcher

Dr
Angélica
Pech-May

Post-doctoral student
Instituto Nacional de Medicina Tropical, Ministerio de Salud y Desarrollo Social de Argentina, CONICET
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: apechmay [at] gmail.com

Genetic diversity, populations genetics and phylogeography in Phlebotomine sandflies 

Early career researcher

Miss
Sarah
Peers

Veterinary Student
University of Liverpool
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: sarahpeers [at] btinternet.com

age grading Culicoides

Early career researcher

Dr
Renato
Pereira de Souza

Scientific Researcher
Instituto Adolfo Lutz
Area of expertise: Mosquitoes, Sandflies
E-mail: renatoefabi [at] gmail.com

Graduated in Biological Sciences, with bachelor's degree from the University of São Paulo (1997). PhD in Sciences in the Epidemiology concentration area, Faculty of Public Health, University of São Paulo (2013). He is currently Scientific Researcher VI of the Adolfo Lutz Institute at the Regional Laboratory Center XII - Taubaté. I have been acting mainly in the phylogenetic analysis and molecular evolution of zoonotic pathogens, developing research in molecular epidemiology, phylogeography and philodynamics. I am interested in the ecology of arboviruses, hantaviruses, arenaviruses, leishmaniasis, trypanosomiasis and malaria, studying the geographical distribution of vectors and reservoirs and the development of spatial distribution models such as ecological niche modeling. I am also interested in understanding the ecological, virological and molecular factors behind the emergence of new pathogens and the process of pathogen sharing between animals and humans.

Established researcher

Dr
Poppy
Pescod

Research Technician
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Area of expertise: Mosquitoes, Sandflies
E-mail: poppy.pescod [at] gmail.com
Early career researcher

Dr
Yoenten
Phuentshok

Veterinary Epidemiologist
National Centre For Animal Health
Area of expertise: Blackflies, Sandflies
E-mail: vetyoen [at] gmail.com
Early career researcher

Professor
john
pickett

Professor of Biologica; Chemistry
Shool of Chemistry, Cardiff University, Wales, UK
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Sandflies
E-mail: pickettj4 [at] cardiff.ac.uk

Chemical ecology of haematophagous insects including chemical characterisation of natural signals mediating behaviour and development e.g. the first identification of mosquito and sandfly pheromones and developing sustainable production systems for their use, particularly of pheromones and host related attractants and repellents.

Established researcher

Mr
Jack
Pilgrim

PhD student
University of Liverpool
Area of expertise: Biting midges
E-mail: j.pilgrim [at] liv.ac.uk

veterinary entomology, endosymbionts, epidemiology

Early career researcher

Mr
SOUMABROTA
PODDAR

District Entomologist and Research Scholar
Govt. of West Bengal
Area of expertise: Sandflies
E-mail: soumabrota22 [at] gmail.com

Many districts in West Bengal are endemic for Kala-azar. The number of cases are rising every year. Despite of performing Indoor Residual Spray in the endemic areas, there are abundant sandflies found during the post-IRS entomological survey. The reason behind this can be attributed to their change in habitat & resting places, increasing resistance against insecticides, poor management of patients leading to increased transmission of the disease and many more to discover. if these problems are addressed, will lead to change in the guidelines in the management of sandflies in an effective way.

Early career researcher

Catherine
Poole

Associate Scientist
New England Biolabs
Area of expertise: Biting midges, Blackflies, Mosquitoes
E-mail: poole [at] neb.com

 Diagnostic and chemotheraputic targets of filarial parasites. In addition,  I am interested in the intersection between the nematodes and insects: the molecular systems nematodes have evolved in order to use insects as vectors as well as the mechanisms insects use to minimize infection by parasites. 

Established researcher

Dr
Rory
Post

Hon Professor in Disease Control Department
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Area of expertise: Blackflies
E-mail: r.j.post [at] ljmu.ac.uk

Genetics, Taxonomy, Natural History, Vector Biology, Onchocerciasis Elimination

Established researcher

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