Vector Biology and Disease Interest Group

The Vector Biology and Ecology SIG is a University of Glasgow research cluster that brings together researchers with common interests and expertise in the biology and control of arthropod disease vectors and the pathogens they spread.

The SIG encompasses expertise in a wide variety of scientific approaches, ranging from laboratory-based studies to large-scale ecological and epidemiological studies in disease endemic settings, in which vectors and their pathogens are studied at molecular, genetic, cellular, organismal, and population levels.

Group coordinators: 

Dr Francesco Baldini and Dr Heather Ferguson

Research themes

Training & capacity building

The vector biology and disease group is involved in numerous training partnerships with institutes in disease endemic countries to help strengthen research capacity. Find out more.

Public Engagement

Members of the group have been involved in a broad range of activities that help wider communities understand the issues of vector-borne disease. Some highlights of these include:

  • PODCAST—The Naked Scientists: Dr Heather Ferguson helps with the Question of the Week, 'Why do mosquitoes prefer some people over others?'
  • BBC WORLD SERVICE—'The Inqury': Dr Heather Ferguson discusses mosquito ecology and their role in the food web
  • ITV NEWS: Broadcast—Scottish scientists join the battle against Zika virus. Features interviews with Dr Alain Kohl and Dr Claire Donald
  • PODCAST—Microbiology Society: In the field with PhD student Caroline Millins, hunting for Lyme disease ticks - by the Society for General Microbiology
  • SCIENCE-ARTS project: Silent Signal, a Wellcome Trust funded public engagement project that brings together six artists and six scientists to creatively explore research
  • MAGAZINE FEATURE: GM Mosquitoes Bite (2011), by Ed Yong for Slate Magazine
  • PUBLIC LECTURE: Malaria - is eradication a realistic aim? (2010), Dr Heather Ferguson to the Glasgow Southern Medical Society
  • BLOG POST: Size matters for mosquitoes but medium-sized males do better (2008), by Ed Yong, Discover blog: Not Exactly Rocket Science