Several members of the department have active research programmes characterizing the molecular basis of insecticide resistance in mosquitoes and sandflies. Progress in identifying molecular markers in African malaria vectors is summarized in a recent review.
Examples of ongoing projects include :
- Genome-based diagnostics for mapping, monitoring and management of insecticide resistance in major African malaria vectors.
- Improving the control of the major malaria vector Anopheles funestus in Africa: developing new molecular diagnostic tools, understanding the evolution of resistance and its impact on control interventions.
- Molecular tools for insecticide resistance diagnosis in phlebotomine sandflies for sustainable leishmaniasis control and elimination programmes.
- Physiological and behavioural mechanisms of insecticide resistance in Aedes aegypti from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.