Hilary obtained a BSc in Biology from the University of York, MSc in Medical Parasitology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a PhD in Molecular Entomology from Cardiff University. She spent two years at the University of Notre Dame, USA on Wellcome Trust International Travelling Fellowship before returning to Cardiff University as a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow. She joined LSTM in 2001 and was Head of the Department of Vector Biology from 2010-2019.
Hilary was appointed as Dean of Research Culture & Integrity in April 2021.
She also lead LSTM’s submission for REF 2021 and is a member of the Senior Management Group.
Hilary’s research activities encompass various aspects related to the control of mosquito vectors of human disease. She has a particular interest in the causes and consequences of insecticide resistance and her group have been using a variety of bioassay and molecular approaches to study the mechanisms of insecticide resistance in Anopheles and Aedes mosquitoes.
Hilary has coordinated several interdisciplinary projects in vector control including the European Union FP7 collaborative project, AvecNet from 2010-2016 (AvecNet EU) and the Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award ‘Malaria in Insecticide Resistant Africa (MIRA). Further information on some of the current projects Hilary is leading is provided below.
Partnership for Increasing the Impact of Vector Control (PIIVeC)
PIIVeC is a research capability strengthening partnership supported by the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund. By investing in individuals and institutes in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Malawi and the UK, and working with a wide range of stakeholders, we are building the evidence base for vector control. PIIVeC is also supporting policy makers in utilizing this evidence in defining and implementing vector control strategies.
ESSENTIALS (website under construction)
The Bill and Melinda Gates Funded ESSENTIALs project is developing entomological indicators to assess the performance of new classes of insecticide treated nets. Utilising a range of benchtop and field assays the project is determine how effective the new classes of insecticide treated nets, currently being deployed in Africa to combat pyrethroid resistance, are against different vector populations in Benin, Burkina Faso and Tanzania. Working with Imperial College, the project will test whether a combination of entomological evaluation and mathematical model can predict the impact of switching to new classes of nets on malaria cases in different epidemiological settings.
Liverpool Insect Testing Establishment (LITE)
The Liverpool Insect Testing Establishment provides a professional service to screen new vector control products against insecticide resistant populations of mosquitoes. LITE maintains a range of insecticide susceptible and resistant colonies of mosquitoes, many unique to LSTM, and offers a number of alternative protocols for insecticide efficacy testing.
Leslie Choi: The role of entomological outcomes in informing global malaria vector control policy
Hilary participates in the teaching of the Masters programmes in Biology and Control of Parasites and Disease Vectors and Molecular Biology of Parasites and Disease Vectors,
Postdocs and Programme Managers
Helen Williams: Manager of LITE
Dr Eddie Thomsen: Programme Manager, PIIVeC
Dr Eve Worrall: Senior Programme Manager
Sharon Mullane: Programme Co-ordinator
Dr Rosemary Lees: Programme Manager
Dr Vicky Ingham: Postdoc studying mechanisms of pyrethroid resistance in Anopheles gambiae
Dr Linda Grigoraki: Sir Henry Wellcome Fellow
Dr Federica Guglielmo: Anthropologist
Dr Jim Maas: Mathematical Biologist
GCRF Partnership for Increasing the Impact of Vector Control (PI)
Innovative Vector Control Consortium, Liverpool Insecticide Testing Establishment. (PI)
Developing Entomological Indicators to assess the public health value on next-generation insecticide-treated nets (PI)
Other relevant expertise, professional memberships etc.
- Member of Vector Control Advisory Group, WHO
- Member of the Editorial Board of Insect Molecular Biology and Medical and Veterinary Entomology
- Member of Royal Society International Collaborations Panel
- Member of UK Advisory Committee on Malaria Prophylaxis
- Fellow of Royal Entomological Society