Lauren Cator is a Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London. She studies the behavior of disease transmitting mosquitoes. In the past she has worked on several aspects of mosquito behavioral ecology both in the laboratory and in transmission sites in Tanzania, Thailand, Mexico, and India. If you are interested in working with Lauren please contact her: email@example.com.
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Alima likes to spend her spare time (what little she has of it!) going on outings with her husband and daughters, travelling and cooking -she loves all things food related, and spends a lot of time eating!
Claudia Wyer is a PhD student on the NERC-funded ‘Scientific Solutions for a Changing Planet’ Doctoral Training Partnership. In her past work she has investigated the role of microbiota load in the gut epithelial response in the malaria vector Anopheles coluzzi, and the functional characterisation of genes of the rodent malaria parasite Plasmodium berghei. The focus of Claudia’s current research is the genomic basis of sexual selection in Aedes aegypti
Deraj Wilson-Aggarwal is interested in how the dynamics of swarming mosquitoes are formed from underlying mechanisms. In particular, Deraj’s PhD focuses on the acoustic interactions between swarming individuals and how this shapes mating success. Previously, Deraj completed an MSc in Computational Methods in Ecology and Evolution at Imperial, giving him strong skills using programming techniques to answer ecological questions. Deraj’s PhD project is co-supervised by Dr Lorenzo Picinali (Dyson School of Engineering, Imperial).
Dr. Borlog Cator-Milner is originally from Geneva, NY. He has spent time "working" at Cornell University, Pennsylvania State University and currently can be found at Silwood Park (mostly the pub). His primary research interests include the effect of sleep deprivation on humans, optimal foraging theory, and rabbit location techniques. He also likes walks.
Nichar Gregory (2015-2019) is broadly interested in understanding the mechanistic processes that operate between ecological conditions and outcomes of health relevance. In past work, she has investigated trade-offs in health-related ecosystem services in Brazil, using a dung beetle-faecal parasite system, as well as the role of cockfighting in facilitating Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A (H5N1) transmission in Southeast Asia. Her Ph.D. research in Malaysian Borneo explored the impacts of converting lowland tropical forest to oil palm plantation on vector-borne disease risk. She is particularly interested in understanding how mosquito ecology interacts with environmental change to influence risk parameters. Nichar is now a postdoctoral researcher in the Eco-epidemiology lab at Columbia University.
Dr. Andy Aldersley is (very broadly!) interested in how we can use data to learn about the natural world around us. Currently, his focus is on understanding the how, what, and why of acoustic signalling between mosquitoes. During his PhD at the University of Bristol, Andy spent a large part of his time developing methods to visualise and analyse auditory interactions between pairs and larger groups of mosquitoes, with a view to understanding how sound is used in pre-copulatory and swarm behaviours. He worked with the Cator Lab from 2016-2019 working on a BBSRC project to investigate more deeply the role of acoustics in male mating success of the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti, and how this fits in with our wider knowledge of their behavioural ecology. See what Andy is up to here
Stefano Idugboe, Zacharo Zanti Investigating the effect of larval diet on the acoustic signals of Aedes aegpyti
Bethan Lang The effect of larval diet on male mating success in Aedes aegypti
Jo Clarke Methods in motion tracking for mosquito swarms
Jacob Cohen- The effect of individual variation on measurements of fecundity
Sarah Warwicker Can we catch the yellow fever mosquito with yeast? (2015)
Dougal Rees A comparative laboratory study on the reaction of Aedes aegypti to different yeast species (2016)
Kirelle McManus The effect of diet on swarming behaviour in Aedes aegypti (2016)
Celia Lutrat Indirect benefits in Aedes aegypti (2016)