I completed my B.Sc. in Zoology at Queen’s University Belfast in 2013 followed by a M.Sc. in Medical Parasitology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2014. Following my M.Sc. I started work with Oxford University’s Malaria Atlas Project collating data on the bionomics of Anopheles mosquitoes. I joined LSTM in 2015, investigating the application of genetic simulations of insecticide resistance (IR) dynamics in Anopheles mosquito populations.
My current work focuses on the evaluation of indoor residual spraying across 3 states (Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal) through the establishment of 8 sentinel sites operated in collaboration with CARE India. Each site monitors the impact of IRS programmes over a 3 year period by measuring each of the following indicators:
1. Vector sand fly abundance through the use of CDC light traps;
2. Insecticide resistance through the use of WHO diagnostic assays;
3. IRS coverage rates;
4. Quality of IRS in houses using HPLC and Insecticide Quantification Kits;
5. VL case data from clinics and the national health management information system
The data collected will be used to help guide evidence based policy change and improve IRS quality and monitoring in future.