Professor Mary Cameron


of Medical Entomology

Room 403

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7927 2337

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Mary Cameron is a Professor of Medical Entomology in the Department of Disease Control with over 30 years of experience in delivering international level field and laboratory research focusing on the surveillance and control of a wide range of vector-borne diseases, particularly leishmaniasis.  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  and has developed strong collaborative networks on NTDs in multiple disease endemic countries. Her role in current leishmaniasis research projects include: Principal Investigator (PI) of SPEAK India (a consortium conducting operational research to sustain VL elimination in the Indian Subcontinent – see, Co-PI of the BBSRC Gnatwork network (conducting research on sandflies, biting midges and blackflies – see and a project supervisor of Euroleish (

Mary is also a Member of the WHO Regional Technical Advisory Group to support the Kala-azar elimination programme in the South-East Asia Region, a  Fellow of The Royal Entomological Society, and is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Medical and Veterinary Entomology.


Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases
Department of Disease Control


Mary was the Programme Director for MSc Medical Entomology for Disease Control ( and MSc Medical Parasitology ( for 13 years until Dec 2017. At present, she is  a  MSc module organiser (Core Parasitology and Entomology), a Personal Tutor, supervises MSc projects, and supervises several research students.


  1. Giorgia Dalla Libera Marchiori (LSHTM, 2018-) ‘Developing and evaluating new tools to study Leishmania transmission from sandflies.’ 
  2. Shannon McIntyre (LSHTM, 2018-) ‘The feasibility and potential scalability of xenomonitoring as a tool for passive surveillance of VL to be used in a post-elimination setting.’
  3. Laura Jones (LSHTM, 2017-) ‘Mosquitoes in the “Endless City”: understanding how urbanisation will influence vector populations.’
  4. 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.
  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. 



Presently, Mary leads or collaborates on the followingprojects:  1) a Bill and Melinda Gates Funded grant to establish the consortium SPEAK India “Breaking transmission of VL in India: progressing beyond elimination as a public health problem”, 2) a BBSRC GCRF network: The gnatwork: building capacity for research on neglected tropical vectors, -: CLEANED :-3) 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, 4) a Science Without Borders project to develop a xenomonitoring system for lymphatic filariasis elimination in Recife, Brazil, 2015-2018, and 5) a BBSRC studentship (fully funded): ‘Mosquitoes in the “Endless City”: understanding how urbanisation will influence vector populations’ (2017-2021, Principal Supervisor: Dr Simon Carpenter, The Pirbright Institute, University Supervisor: Prof Mary Cameron, LSHTM).

Research Area
Public health
Disease control
Randomised controlled trials
Vector control
Operational research
Vector biology
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Emerging Infectious Disease
Lymphatic filariasis
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Vector borne disease
Zoonotic disease
United Kingdom
Sri Lanka
United States of America
South Africa
Latin America & Caribbean (developing only)
Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
South Asia

Selected Publications

The use of molecular xenomonitoring for surveillance of mosquito-borne diseases.
Cameron MM; Ramesh A
Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences
Inferring transmission trees to guide targeting of interventions against visceral leishmaniasis and post-kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis.
Chapman LAC; Spencer SEF; Pollington TM; Jewell CP; Mondal D; Alvar J; Hollingsworth TD; Cameron MM; Bern C; Medley GF
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)
Novel control strategies for mosquito-borne diseases.
Jones RT; Ant TH; Cameron MM; Logan JG
Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences
A spatio-temporal approach to short-term prediction of visceral leishmaniasis diagnoses in India.
Nightingale ES; Chapman LAC; Srikantiah S; Subramanian S; Jambulingam P; Bracher J; Cameron MM; Medley GF
PLoS neglected tropical diseases
The COVID-19 pandemic should not derail global vector control efforts.
Seelig F; Bezerra H; Cameron M; Hii J; Hiscox A; Irish S; Jones RT; Lang T; Lindsay SW; Lowe R
Electrophysiologically and behaviourally active semiochemicals identified from bed bug refuge substrate.
Weeks ENI; Logan JG; Birkett MA; Caulfield JC; Gezan SA; Welham SJ; Brugman VA; Pickett JA; Cameron MM
Scientific reports
A spatio-temporal approach to short-term forecasting of visceral leishmaniasis diagnoses in India [preprint]
Nightingale E; Chapman L; Srikantiah S; Subramanian S; Purushothaman J; Bracher J; Cameron M; Medley G
No evidence of Zika, dengue, or chikungunya virus infection in field-caught mosquitoes from the Recife Metropolitan Region, Brazil, 2015.
Ramesh A; Jeffries CL; Castanha P; Oliveira PAS; Alexander N; Cameron M; Braga C; Walker T
Wellcome open research
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