Dr Lisa Reimer


I received my PhD in Entomology (designated emphasis in Biology of Vector-Borne Diseases) from the University of California, Davis in 2008. I then joined Case Western Reserve University, Center for Global Health and Diseases, as a post-doctoral research associate (2009-2011) and then as a senior lecturer (2011-2013). During these four years I held a joint appointment as the head of Entomology at the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research. I joined LSTM department of Vector Biology in February 2013, with a secondary appointment in the department of Parasitology.


Various modules for undergraduate and post-graduate courses including mosquito biology, arbovirus transmission and filariasis.


My research involves a combination of field and laboratory studies to evaluate the entomological aspects of malaria and filariasis transmission. I am currently conducting research on anopheline host preferences, endophagy, and biting and resting behaviours in the context of vector control interventions. I evaluate the impact of vector control programmes on vector densities, composition and distribution and the resulting effects on disease transmission. I am currently conducting experimental work to determine vector competence to malaria and filariasis and the impact of vector control (and/or mass drug administration) on parasite uptake, development and transmission.



  • Selected Publications

    Reimer L, Thomsen E, Tisch D, Henry-Halldin C, Zimmerman P, et al. (2013) Insecticidal Bed Nets and Filariasis Transmission in Papua New Guinea. New England Journal of Medicine 369: 745-753.

    Erickson SM, Thomsen EK, Keven JB, Vincent N, Koimbu G, Siba PM, Christensen BM, Reimer LJ. Mosquito-parasite interactions can shape filariasis transmission dynamics and impact elimination programs. PLoS NTD 2013 Sep; In press

    Katusele M, Gideon G, Thomsen EK, Siba PM, Hetzel MW, Reimer LJ. Long-lasting insecticidal nets remain efficacious after five years of use in Papua New Guinea. PNG Medical Journal 2013 Sep, In press

    Hetzel WM, Pulford J, Maraga S, Barnadas C, Reimer L, Tavel L, Jamea-Maiasa S, Tandrapah T, Maalsen A, Makita L, Siba PM, Mueller I. Evaluation of the Global Fund-supported National Malaria Control Program in Papua New Guinea, 2009-2014. PNG Medical Journal 2013 Sep, In press.

    Beebe NW, Ambrose L, Hill LA, Davis JB, Hapgood G, Cooper RD, Russell RC, Ritchie SA, Reimer L, Lobo NF, Syafruddin D, van den Hurk AF. Tracing the tiger: population genetics provides valuable insights into the Aedes (Stegomyia) albopictus invasion of the Australasian region. PLoS NTD 2013 7(8): e2361

    Small ST, Ramesh A, Bun K, Reimer LJ,Thomsen E, Baea M, Bockarie MJ, Siba PW, Kazura JW, Tisch DJ, Zimmerman PA. Population Genetics of the filarial worm Wuchereria bancrofti in a post-treatment region of Papua New Guinea: Insights into diversity and life history. PLoS NTD 2013 7(7): e2308

    Horwood PF, Reimer LJ, Dagina R, Susapa M, Bande G, Katusele M, Koimbu G, Jimmy S, Ropa B, Siba PM, Pavlin BI. Outbreak of chikungunya virus infection, Vanimo, Papua New Guinea. Emerg Infect Dise 2013 Sep; 19(9)

    Logue K, Chan ER, Phipps T, Small ST, Reimer L, Henry-Halldin C, Sattabongkot J, Siba PM, Zimmerman PA, Serre D. Mitochondrial genome sequences reveal deep divergences among Anopheles punctulatus sibling species in Papua New Guinea. Malaria J 2013 Feb; 12:64

    Burkot TR, Russell TL, Reimer LJ, Bugoro H, Beebe NW, Cooper RD, Sukawati S, Collins FH, Lobo NF. Barrier screens: A method to sample blood fed and host seeking exophilic moquitoes. Malaria J 2013 Feb; 12:49

    Henry-Halldin CN, Nadesakumaran K, Keven JB, Zimmerman AM, Siba P, Mueller I, Hetzel MW, Kazura JW, Thomsen E, Reimer LJ, Zimmerman PA. Multiplex Assay for Species Identification and Monitoring of Insecticide Resistance in Anopheles punctulatus Group Populations of Papua New Guinea. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2012 Jan;86(1):140-51.

    Henry-Halldin CN, Reimer L, Thomsen E, Koimbu G, Zimmerman A, Keven JB, Dagoro H, Hetzel MW, Mueller I, Siba P, Zimmerman PA.  High throughput multiplex assay for species identification of Papua New Guinea malaria vectors: members of the Anopheles punctulatus (Diptera: Culicidae) species group.  Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2011 Jan;84(1):166-73.

    Keven JB, Henry-Halldin CN, Thomsen EK, Mueller I, Siba PM, Zimmerman PA, Reimer LJ. Pyrethroid susceptibility in natural populations of the Anopheles punctulatus group (Diptera: Culicidae) in Papua New Guinea.  Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2010 Dec;83(6):1259-61.

    Mehlotra RK, Gray LR, Blood-Zikursh MJ, Kloos Z, Henry-Halldin CN, Tisch DJ, Thomsen E, Reimer L, Kastens W, Baea M, Baea K, Baisor M, Tarongka N, Kazura JW, Zimmerman PA. Molecular-based assay for simultaneous detection of four Plasmodium spp. and Wuchereria bancrofti infections.  Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2010 Jun;82(6):1030-3.

    Ndjemaï HN, Patchoké S, Atangana J, Etang J, Simard F, Bilong CF, Reimer L, Cornel A, Lanzaro GC, Fondjo E.  The distribution of insecticide resistance in Anopheles gambiae s.l. populations from Cameroon: an update.  Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2009 Nov;103(11):1127-38.

    Elnaiem DE, Kelley K, Wright S, Laffey R, Yoshimura G, Reed M, Goodman G, Thiemann T, Reimer L, Reisen WK, Brown D.  Impact of aerial spraying of pyrethrin insecticide on Culex pipiens and Culex tarsalis (Diptera: Culicidae) abundance and West Nile virus infection rates in an urban/suburban area of Sacramento County, California. J Med Entomol. 2008 Jul;45(4):751-7.

    Reimer L, Fondjo E, Patchoké S, Diallo B, Lee Y, Ng A, Ndjemai HM, Atangana J, Traore SF, Lanzaro G, Cornel AJ.  Relationship between kdr mutation and resistance to pyrethroid and DDT insecticides in natural populations of Anopheles gambiae.  J Med Entomol. 2008 Mar;45(2):260-6.

    Lawler SP, Reimer L, Thiemann T, Fritz J, Parise K, Feliz D, Elnaiem DE.  Effects of vegetation control on mosquitoes in seasonal freshwater wetlands. J Am Mosq Control Assoc. 2007 Mar;23(1):66-70.

    Tripet F, Wright J, Cornel A, Fofana A, McAbee R, Meneses C, Reimer L, Slotman M, Thiemann T, Dolo G, Traoré S, Lanzaro G.  Longitudinal survey of knockdown resistance to pyrethroid (kdr) in Mali, West Africa, and evidence of its emergence in the Bamako form of Anopheles gambiae s.s.  Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2007 Jan;76(1):81-7.

    Slotman MA, Tripet F, Cornel AJ, Meneses CR, Lee Y, Reimer LJ, Thiemann TC, Fondjo E, Fofana A, Traoré SF, Lanzaro GC. Evidence for subdivision within the M molecular form of Anopheles gambiae. Mol Ecol. 2007 Feb;16(3):639-49

    Slotman MA, Reimer LJ, Thiemann T, Dolo G, Fondjo E, Lanzaro GC.  Reduced recombination rate and genetic differentiation between the M and S forms of Anopheles gambiae s.s. Genetics. 2006 Dec;174(4):2081-93. Epub 2006 Oct 22.  PMCID: PMC1698612.

    Reimer LJ, Tripet F, Slotman M, Spielman A, Fondjo E, Lanzaro GC. An unusual distribution of the kdr gene among populations of Anopheles gambiae on the island of Bioko, Equatorial Guinea. Insect Mol Biol. 2005 Dec;14(6):683-8.