My current research aims to determine the conditions under which mosquitoes can transmit the flesh-eating bacterium Mycobacterium ulcerans. The results of this research aim to inform the control strategies employed to combat the current outbreak of Buruli ulcer along the Mornington Peninsula.
Further research involves investigating what factors impact the survival of Wolbachia in Aedes aegypti and its effects on host fitness. Results will help determine which Wolbachia strains possess the characteristics required to perform as arboviral control agents, particularly of Dengue fever.
A project aiming to control Dengue fever in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia is currently underway. My role aims to provide guidance upon the planning and operation of a mass rearing facility.
Part of my research involves the culturing of mosquitoes in a laboratory environment.