Jay obtained both his BSc (Hons) in Zoology (2015) and MRes in Ecology and Environmental Biology (2016) at the University of Glasgow. During this time, he worked at APS Biocontrol Ltd. as a Research Assistant working on midge (Culicoides) repellents. Jay then started working at LSTM in late 2016 as a technician, where he researched the efficacy of spatial insecticides before starting his PhD in early 2017.
During his PhD, Jay will be investigating ‘appropriate tests for the evaluation of behavioural, delayed and sub-lethal effects of insecticides on mosquitoes’ funded by the Gates Foundation. Supervised by Professor Philip McCall and Professor Hilary Ranson
Accelerating new vector control tools - Appropriate tests for the evaluation of behavioural, delayed and sub-lethal effects of insecticides on mosquitoes (funded by the Gates Foundation).
The rapid spread of pyrethroid resistance in African mosquito populations is an acute threat to malaria prevention, and the need for new insecticides or control tools is critical. The current assays used to evaluate new vector control chemistries, and to assess the impact of insecticide resistance on the performance of these products, are very limited. With significant funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, we are developing rapid, accurate cost-effective protocols to improve the screening process.
Using novel state-of-the-art video tracking methods for exploring and quantifying mosquito behaviour, in combination with existing protocols, we will quantify precisely the modes of action and additional longer-term impacts following exposure to a test material. The aim is to develop series of experimental procedures to record the impact of exposure to an active ingredient or formulated product over the mosquito’s lifetime, ultimately defining a testing pipeline for optimizing impact assessment of potential new vector control products under laboratory conditions. This will provide a step change improvement in our ability to predict entomological, and ultimately epidemiological, impacts of any new molecule or molecule combination at an early stage of product development.
Further relevant information
I am co-coordinator for the LSTM Methods in Tropical Medicine Meeting held monthly at the school.
I am a reviewer for “Insider Imprint” – A science journal for PhD and Master’s students in Liverpool.
I am also a student member of ASTMH and RSTMH.