Zachary Stavrou-Dowd graduated from the University of Liverpool with a BSc in Pharmacology in 2012, with an Honours project focussing on the toxicity of biguanidines. The following year he completed an MRes in Clinical Infection and Global Health at the University of Liverpool undertaking projects investigating the genetics of HBV/HIV in coinfection and the role of deubiquitin enzymes in the replication of Alphaviruses.
After a short time working in financial services, Zachary joined the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine graduating with an MSc in Biology and Control of Parasites and Disease Vectors in 2016. During his MSc, Zachary completed a project with the Ranson group examining how insecticide resistance in Anopheles gambiae and Aedes aegypti altered the efficacy of the spatial repellent transfluthrin.
Having completed a PGCE from Edge Hill University Zachary worked as a secondary science teacher with pupils aged 11-18 before returning to LSTM in 2019. Zachary currently works in the Liverpool Insect Testing Establishment (LITE), in his role he is responsible for rearing mosquitoes and performing bioassays to determine resistance to new and repurposed insecticides.
Having worked as a science teacher Zachary understands the importance of STEM outreach in engaging pupils to pursue a science career. In July 2019 led a team from Vector Biology and LITE to the Big Bang North West, showcasing the work being carried out at LSTM.