Marta Andres Miguel

Marta
Andres Miguel

Postdoctoral fellow
Ear Institute
University College London
Area of expertise: Vector-borne diseases
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Biography

Our group at Ear Institute (University College London) is studying several aspects of mosquito hearing and acoustic communication within swarms with the motivation that a thorough understanding of these mechanisms could inform the development of novel vector control tools that target mosquito communication or swarm formation. We have performed an extensive characterization of the mosquito Anopheles gambiae, Aedes aegypti and Culex quinquefasciatus auditory properties combining molecular, electrophysiological and behavioural techniques and we are currently studying how mosquito hearing is modulated in the context of swarming and how this modulation varies across Anopheles gambiae and Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, two vector species with very different circadian activity patterns. We believe our data could have an impact for the development of mosquito control tools that exploit sound or mosquito communication. Joining the BOVA Network would be very enriching for us to get in touch with potential collaborators that could help us to translate our ideas into devices to target mosquito populations.

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