Ayman Ahmed

Wellcome Trust Master Fellow in Public Health and Tropical Medicine

My early-developed interest in the research and control of vector-borne diseases has captured my attention since undergraduate studies, and it has grown throughout my career development. I am working as a collaborative scientific researcher at the Institute of Endemic Diseases, for more than three years. I worked for one year as an International Advisor at the Program of Vector Biology Control & Research at US Naval Medical Research Unit No 3 (NAMRU-3), Mediterranean Region Office, Egypt. I also worked for three years as a Scientific Research Assistant for The National Public Health Laboratory-Department of Medical Entomology, where I became a Team Leader in Outbreaks Investigation, Risk Assessment and Response Federal Taskforce attached to the Directorate of Epidemiology-Federal Ministry of Health. Also, I was attached to the Tropical Medicine Research Institute on the Sterile Insects Technique Project (SIT) as a Scientific Research Assistant and I used to provide technical support to National Control Programs for Malaria, Onchocerciasis, Leishmaniasis, and Hemorrhagic fevers.

I established, joint, and actively contributed to several international collaboration projects including, as a Co-Investigator on mapping the black fly breeding sites throughout Atbra River in Sudan & Ethiopia, with WHO/APOC, and Risk Assessment of yellow fever, Viral Activity in Sudan with Pasture Institute & WHO, and dengue outbreak Investigation & Control in Kassala-Sudan, with the Federal Ministry of Health. Also, as a manager of the fieldwork on establishing a prediction model of the rift valley fever outbreaks in Sudan with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Research

  1. Identification by whole genome sequencing of genomic variants associated with:
      • Extreme (potentially operational-threatening) resistance to deltamethrin
      • Resistance to pirimiphos methyl (PM)
  1. Investigating the Genetic causes and population genetic delimitation of carbamate and organophosphate resistance in Anopheles arabiensis, the primary malaria vector in Sudan.
  2. Investigating the Genetic causes of the insecticide resistance in Aedes aegypti population of Sudan and its population genetic regarding Dengue transmission.

Memberships

Alumni of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO).

Member of Pan African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA).

Member of Vector Control Working Group (VCWG) at the Roll Back Malaria (RBM).

Member of International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID).

Member of the British Entomological Society.

Member of the American Society of the Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH).

Member of the American Committee of Medical Entomology (ACME).

Member of the American Committee of Arthropod-Borne Viruses (ACAV).

Member of The Royal Society of the Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Member of the Royal Society of Biology.

Member of the Royal Entomological Society. 

Member of the TDR global network of expertise.