Ms Rachel Hopper

PhD Student

I obtained a BSc in Biomedical Science from Lancaster University in 2014, during which time I completed a training year at Blackpool Victoria Hospital as a trainee Biomedical Scientist. I subsequently gained an MSc in the Biology and Control of Parasites and Disease Vectors from LSTM in 2015. My dissertation examined tsetse movement and distribution in Zimbabwe with relation to human African trypanosomiasis foci through the use of population genetic study methods.

My research aims to examine the relationship between tsetse and their environment, as well as their interaction with wild and domestic hosts on the edges of wilderness areas. This year I have spent five months in the Serengeti district, Tanzania, collecting data to better understand the ecology of tsetse and sampling to quantify insecticide use in this area.
I also aim to quantify the impact of trypanosome infection on the feeding behaviour of tsetse, and to examine the genetic variation within and between tsetse populations to determine how flies may be moving in and around the Serengeti area.

This project is part of the ZELS-AS programme

PhD supervisors: 

Prof Steve Torr
Dr Alistair Darby (UoL)
Dr Emily Adams