Dr Heather Ferguson
- Reader (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine)
- Associate - Life Sciences (School of Life Sciences)
I am an infectious disease ecologist who specializes in the transmission and control of mosquito-borne diseases. My primary focus is the Anopheles mosquitoes that transmit malaria, but I have general interest in the biology of insect vectors and the diseases they transmit.
My current work encompasses study of the ecology and behaviour of malaria vectors in Africa, with the aim of using this information to improve disease control. We are also studying the impacts of land-use change on the spread of the zoonotic malaria Plasmodium knowlesi from monkeys to people in south east Asia. More locally, we study the insects that transmit bird malaria in Scotland.
I have a close research and training partnership with the Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania through which we are developing new tools for mosquito surveillance and control, and investigating the potential for mosquito vectors to adapt in response to control measures. We are also interested in the potential impacts of environmental change on mosquito-borne diseases.
Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.
- 2010 - ongoing: Parasites and Vectors
- 2006 - 2010: Malaria Journal
Grant Advisory Board
- 2015 - 2015: MRC - Panel member for Medical Research Council's UK-Thailand Joint Health Research Call
- 2015 - ongoing: BBSRC - Member of BBSRC Panel of Experts
Invited International Presentations
- 2012: Dublin, Ireland - Invited talk, Society of General Microbiology Annual Meeting
- 2009: Nairobi, Kenya - Talk. Multilaterial Initiative on Malaria Conference
- 2009: Davis, USA - Invited seminar, Department of Entomology, University of California
- 2009: Paris, France - Invited Seminar, Pasteur Institute
- 2009: Albuquerque, New Mexico - Invited symposium talk. Ecological Society of American Conference.
- 2006: Ithaca, USA - Department of Entomology, Cornell University
- 2006: Atlanta, USA - Entomology Branch, Centers for Disease Control.
- 2005: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - Department of Zoology and Marine Biology, University of Dar es Salaam
- 2004: Wageningen , The Netherlands - Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University
- 2004: Miami, USA - Invited session chairperson, American Society of Tropical Medicine
- 2002: Paris, France - Groupe Laboratoire de Parasitologie Évolutive, Université Pierre et Marie Curie,Paris VI
Professional Learned Society
- 2013 - ongoing: Royal Society of Edinburgh - Young Academy of Scotland
- 2008 - ongoing: British Society for Parasitology
- 2006 - 2011: BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship
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