Professor Mary Cameron BSc PhD

Professor of Medical Entomology

Background

Mary Cameron is a Professor of Medical Entomology in the Department of Disease Control with over 30 years of research experience exploiting arthropod behaviour for the surveillance and control of a wide range of vector-borne diseases and arthropods of public health importance. Mary obtained a BSc in Zoology from Bedford College, University of London, in 1983, and a PhD in Entomology in 1987. She originally joined the Department of Entomology at LSHTM as a research student in 1984, to study pheromone-elicited oviposition behaviour of mosquitoes, and later investigated the role of phlebotomine sandflies in transmission of disease. In 1990, she left LSHTM to take up a post-doc position at the University of Oxford studying the effect of nitrogen on the feeding behaviour of the pea aphid. This led to a one-year ecological study on sandfly/plant/aphid interactions in Peru, to complement an intense longitudinal study of the epidemiology of Andean Cutaneous Leishmaniasis carried out by the host institution, and her later appointment at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine as a Research Fellow, studying the effect of natural sugar and amino acid sources on sandfly behaviour and the development of Leishmania. In 1995, Mary re-joined LSHTM.  

In addition to Mary’s research activities (outlined below), she enjoys transferring her research skills by training others and plays an extensive teaching role in face-to-face MSc teaching at LSHTM (see teaching section below) as Course Director for two MSc courses, and serves as an External Examiner for a similar MSc course in another leading UK institute of public health. Furthermore, Mary wrote the curriculum, and was on the steering committee of a WHO Regional MSc in Medical Entomology and Vector Control hosted at Gezira University, Sudan. 

Mary is a Fellow of The Royal Entomological Society, and is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Medical and Veterinary Entomology (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1365-2915).

Other significant editing duties include co-editing a book: Cameron M.M and Lorenz, L.M. (Eds) (2013) Biological and Environmental Control of Disease Vectors, CABI. Target audience includes researchers and policy makers interested in vector control – see http://bookshop.cabi.org/?page=2633&pid=2461&site=191. Mary has also co-authored several book chapters:

A list of her publications in peer-reviewed journals is provided in the research section below.

Affiliation

Centres

Teaching

Mary is the MSc Course Director for MSc Medical Entomology for Disease Control (http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/msbcdv.html) and MSc Medical Parasitology (http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/msmp.html),  a MSc module organiser (Core Parasitology and Entomology) and lectures on appropriate aspects of the MSc course (e.g. Sandflies: Biology & Control,Lice: Biology & Control, Mites: Biology & Control, Fleas: Biology & Control, Sampling Of Stegomyia Larvae, Sampling, Identification & Incrimination Of Phlebotomine Sandflies, Sampling of Mites,  Oviposition Behaviour & Learning, Control of House Dust Mites, is a Personal Tutor, supervises MSc projects, and supervises several research students.

Titles of some recent MSc projects that she has supervised are listed below:

Research students supervised by Mary, as primary supervisor, include:

  1. Christopher Gamble (LSHTM, 2015-) ‘How does hybridisation influence life-history parameters and dispersal in Culex pipiens mosquitoes?’
  2. Anthony Ortiz (LSHTM, 2015-) ‘Attractive toxic sugar baits for indoor use: the design and evaluation of a novel approach for controlling sand fly vectors of leishmaniasis.’
  3. Ian Banks (LSHTM, 2011-2014) ‘Assessing the impact of black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens) larvae on faecal reduction in pit latrines’. Viva held on 28/7/14. 
  4. Melissa Bell (LSHTM, 2010-) ‘Effect of latrine building on populations of Culex quinquefasciatus (Diptera: Culicidae) and Musca domestica (Diptera: Muscidae) in Orissa, India’. Upgraded. Melissa is currently writing up her thesis following a study break.
  5. Seth Irish (LSHTM, 2008-2012) ‘Development of an optimum trapping method for the surveillance of Culex mosquito vectors’. Viva held on 16/10/12. 
  6. Emma Weeks (LSHTM, 2007-2011) ‘Identification of semiochemicals for bed bug, Cimex lectularius (Cimicidae), monitoring and potential control’. Viva held on 1/4/11. 
  7. April Hari Wardhana (LSHTM, 2006-2010) ‘Genetic mapping of Chrysomya bezziana in Indonesia using morphology and mitochondria DNA analysis’. Viva held on 13/10/10. 
  8. Amanda Skelton (LSHTM, University of London 2001-2005, (funded by BBSRC, co-supervised by Prof. J.A. Pickett FRS, IACR-Rothamsted). ‘Chemical Ecology of Medically and Veterinary Important Mites’. Viva held on 26/11/05. 
  9. Sarah Moore, formerly Pettifor (LSHTM, University of London, 2001-2005). ‘A methodology for developing plant based biocides against Anopheles mosquitoes. Viva held on 22/08/05. 

Research

Presently, Mary collaborates on the following recently-funded projects: 1) a Bill and Melinda Gates Funded grant to establish a consortium: “Breaking transmission of VL in India: progressing beyond elimination as a public health problem”, 2) a Marie Curie – Initial Training Network (ITN): “Control of leishmaniasis, from bench to bedside and field” (EUROLEISH-NET) (Jan 2015-Dec 2018) - the training programme will bring together public and private centres of excellence in Europe, Africa, South America and Asia to fill the current knowledge gaps and develop innovative methods contributing to the control of leishmaniasis, 3) a Science Without Borders project to develop a xenomonitoring system for lymphatic filariasis elimination in Recife, Brazil, 2015-2018, and 4) a BBSRC studentship (fully funded): ‘How does hybridisation influence life-history parameters and dispersal in Culex pipiens mosquitoes?’ (2015-2019, Principal Supervisor: Dr Simon Carpenter, The Pirbright Institute, University Supervisor: Dr Mary Cameron, LSHTM).

A list of Mary’s publications in peer-reviewed journals is provided below:

Research areas

  • Disease control
  • Environment
  • Hygiene
  • Insects
  • Public health
  • Randomised controlled trials
  • Sanitation
  • Surveillance
  • Vector control

Disciplines

  • Entomology
  • Epidemiology
  • Operational research
  • Parasitology
  • Vector biology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Emerging Infectious Disease
  • Infectious disease
  • Leishmaniasis
  • Lymphatic filariasis
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
  • Vector borne disease
  • Zoonotic disease

Regions

  • Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
  • Latin America & Caribbean (developing only)
  • South Asia
  • World

Countries

  • Brazil
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Peru
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania

Other interests

  • Chemical Ecology
  • Ectoparasites
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Integrated Vector Management
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases
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