Mr Mauro Pazmino Betancourth
- Research Assistant (Host-Parasite Interactions & Pathogenesis)
I started my research career when I obtained my degree in Biotechnology Engineering at the Armed Forces University in Ecuador. I worked at the medical entomology department at the Instituto Nacional de Investigación en Salud Pública (INSPI) doing vector surveillance along the Ecuadorian coast. Furthermore, I got my master degree in parasitology and vector biology, where I worked on speciation of Anopheles gambiae at Keele University.
After working as a lecturer in various universities in Ecuador, I won the prestigious Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Scholarship to pursue a multidisciplinary PhD project using quantum cascade lasers in spectroscopy for mosquito surveillance. Currently, I am a postdoctoral researcher at the vector biology group. My work focuses on improving our understanding on how mid-infrared spectroscopy data relates with mosquito ageing.
I am a vector biologist who specialises in mid-infrared spectroscopy and machine learning analysis in the context of vector surveillance.
My research interests are:
- Vector surveillance
- Mosquito ageing
- Ecology of vector diseases
- Spectroscopy as a tool for vector surveillance
- Machine learning
Professional activities & recognition
Selected international presentations
- 2022: PanAfrican Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA) (Rwanda)
- 2023: British Society for Parasitology Spring (Endinburgh)
- 2023: PanAfrican Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA) (Ethiopia)