Dr Francesco Baldini
- Lecturer (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health & Comparative Medicine)
telephone: 0141 330 2430
Dr Francesco Baldini is a Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow. During his PhD in Medical Entomology in three international institutions (Harvard University, Perugia University, Imperial College London) he has determined key molecular factors that contribute to malaria mosquito reproductive success. He has also led the first identification of Wolbachia bacteria in Anopheles mosquitoes, a promising novel biological tool to control malaria transmission.
In October 2013 he has joined the University of Glasgow where he is investigating the ecology and evolution of life-history trade-offs in Anopheles mosquitoes and their impact on Plasmodium parasite interactions and disease transmission. The primary aim is to implement and sustain vector control strategies to fight malaria.
Vector Biology and Disease Group: http://www.gla.ac.uk/vectors/
My research focuses on the ecological and evolutionary bases of Anopheles mosquito survival and other life-history traits in order to:
- determine their response to vector control;
- understand their impact on Plasmodium falciparum development;
- elucidate their modulation by endosymbionts;
- develop novel methods for a fast and accurate measurement of these traits in natural populations;
- sustain and implement vector control strategies.
- AXA Fellowship (2015-17) Mosquito life-history responses to vector control measures and their implications for malaria transmission risk.
- Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (2014-15) Analysis of the ecological and genetic bases of mosquito fitness in two major malaria vectors.
- EMBO Fellowship (2014-2015): The role of insulin cascades in regulating the host-species dependent fitness and parasite transmission ability of malaria mosquitoes.
Evidence of natural Wolbachia infections in field populations of Anopheles gambiae. Nature Communications, 5: 3985 [open access]
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Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.
- Mosquito life-history responses to vector control measures and their implications for malaria transmission
AXA Research Fund
2015 - 2017
- Analysis of the ecological and genetic bases of mosquito fitness in two major malaria vectors (ISSF Fellowship)
2014 - 2015