Dr Jo Lines BSc MSc PhD

Reader of Malaria Control and Vector Biology


Originally trained as a population geneticist, I studied Medical Parasitology at the School, and since 1983, I’ve been working on practical methods for malaria vector control.  

For the first eight years of my career, I lived and worked in Tanzania.   I was involved with the development of insecticide treated nets from the initial small-scale entomological studies in the 1980s, through the large-scale child-mortality field-trials of the 1990s, to the national-scale integrated implementation programmes of today.   My research has included mosquito sampling methods, quantifying transmission, insecticide resistance, commercial markets in untreated nets, and the use of surveys to monitor delivery systems.   My interests include the links between basic biology and public health, and the multi-sectoral nature of malaria: the influence of landscape, land-use, housing and development, and what residents can do for themselves to reduce the risk of malaria, while they are waiting for the government to deliver the promised interventions.     

I’ve also worked as a consultant, often working with implementers to design and/or evaluate projects and programmes, and more recently working with donors and international agencies in higher-level strategy and policy-development activities.    I’ve worked in about 20 different countries, mostly in Africa and Southeast Asia, but also a little in Latin America and China.   

I recently spent three years in Geneva as regular WHO staff.   As Coordinator of Vector Control in the Global Malaria Programme, I introduced reforms related to procurement and distribution of nets, and led the development of the Global Plan for Insecticide Resistance Management in malaria vectors.   I chose to return to academia, and I remain co-chair of the Roll Back Malaria Vector Control Working Group (http://www.rollbackmalaria.org/mechanisms/vcwg.html), which has 8 recognised workstreams and more than 450 members.   




Until recently, most of my teaching was with the MScs in Medical Parasitology and the Medical Entomology for Disease Control.  

In 2013 I become Co-Course Director for the MSc One Health, which is run jointly with the Royal Veterinary College.  



Research areas

  • Child health
  • Climate change
  • Clinical trials
  • Complex interventions
  • Disease control
  • Drug resistance
  • Economic evaluation
  • Environmental Health
  • Evaluation
  • Health care policy
  • Housing
  • Hygiene
  • Impact evaluation
  • Implementation research
  • Infectious disease policy
  • Insects
  • Parasites
  • Private sector
  • Protozoa
  • Public health
  • Public health history
  • Public understanding
  • Qualitative methods
  • Randomised controlled trials
  • Statistical methods
  • Systematic reviews
  • Vector control


  • Entomology
  • Epidemiology
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Parasitology
  • Vector biology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Bluetongue virus
  • Chagas Disease
  • Dengue
  • Emerging Infectious Disease
  • Infectious disease
  • Lymphatic filariasis
  • Malaria
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
  • Vector borne disease
  • Zoonotic disease


  • World

Other interests

  • Mosquitoes
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