Dr Ulrike Fillinger MSc PhD

Research Fellow Medical Entomology & Malaria Control


Ulrike Fillinger obtained a MSc in Biology (1994) and PhD in Ecology/Entomology (1998) from Heidelberg University, Germany. She worked for the German Mosquito Control Association from 1998-2000 before she went to Kenya to join the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) as a visiting scientist. In 2003 she took up a position at Durham University and joined LSHTM as Senior Research Fellow in 2009. She is based full time overseas at icipe’s Thomas Odhiambo field station at Lake Victoria, western Kenya.


Ulrike is an ecologist and public health entomologist with over 15 years of experience in operational mosquito control and has been based in East Africa for the past 14 years. She was instrumental in the initiation and implementation of the Urban Malaria Control Program (UMCP) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She has evaluated the operational use of larval source management (LSM) for malaria control in different ecological settings in East Africa, studied the added benefit of LSM to personal protection in an integrated vector management approach and developed tools for operational implementation. She has a keen interest in community-based approaches for malaria control in Africa and enjoys interdisciplinary research on malaria control working in close collaboration with social scientists, geographers, epidemiologists, health economists and chemical ecologists.




Ulrike is a tutor in the LSHTM Malaria Module which forms part of the Infectious Diseases MSc/PGCert/PGDip distance learning course.

Ulrike hosts summer field projects for MSc students interested in mosquito ecology and control and currently supervises four PhD students.


·        Local PI (Kenya) on a NIH funded 5-year project (2009-2014) to study the oviposition behaviour of the afro-tropical malaria vector An. gambiae. The research is based on a number of hypotheses all leading to the development of more efficient larval control intervention strategies and the development of a new monitoring tool for gravid anophelines. Specific objectives are to investigate differences in the bacterial and chemical profiles between habitats with and without larvae and to determine if oviposition attractants and stimulants can be utilized in an ‘attract-and-kill’ strategy for monitoring and controlling vector mosquitoes in an IVM approach for malaria control.

·        Co-Investigator in FP7 EU grant AvecNet: African Vector Control-New Tools Lead scientist of WP5 Task 3 (LSHTM/KEMRI 2011-2013): Rationalizing mosquito larval source management to develop a cost-effective tool for integrated vector management in Africa.

·        Co-Investigator: Insecticide-treated cattle for the control of outdoor-biting malaria vectors (2012-2014).

·         PI on Sumitomo funded research (2010-2014) on testing of the insect growth regulator pyriproxyfen for controlling immature malaria vectors in different settings in East Africa.

PhD studentships:

Research areas

  • Disease control
  • Environment
  • Insects
  • Public health
  • Vector control


  • Entomology
  • Epidemiology
  • Operational research
  • Vector biology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Malaria
  • Vector borne disease


  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)


  • Kenya
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