Professor Mary Cameron


of Medical Entomology

Room 403

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7927 2337

+44 (0)20 7927 2918

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 followed by a Research Fellow position at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. 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, and Co-PI of the BBSRC Gnatwork network (conducting research on sandflies, biting midges and blackflies – see

Mary is a Member of the WHO Regional Technical Advisory Group to support the Kala-azar elimination programme in the South-East Asia Region, served as Editor-in-Chief for the journal Medical and Veterinary Entomology for eight years until 2020 and is a co-founder of LSHTM's first spin out company: Vecotech Ltd.


Department of Disease Control
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases


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 remains committed to the teaching programme and delivers lectures on several face-to-face modules and serves as a Personal Tutor, MSc project supervisor and PhD supervisor.




Presently, Mary is the Principal Investigator of the Bill and Melinda Gates Programme: Setting the Post-Elimination Agenda for Kala-azar in India (SPEAK India) (see: The focus of the operational research is to work towards sustained elination of Visceral Leishmaniasis in the Indian Sub-continent. The work comprises four synergistic pillars: Surveillance (partners: Kala Azar Medical Research Centre and the Institute of Tropical Medicine), Mathematical Modelling (partners: Vector Control Research Centre), Transmission (partners: Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences) and Health Systems (partners: Institute Public Health, RMRIMS, CARE, PATH, UNION).

Mary is Co-Director of a BBSRC GCRF network - The gnatwork: building capacity for research on neglected tropical vectors (with Dr Simon Carpenter, The Pirbright Institute). The Gnatwork brings together researchers working on phebotomine sandflies, blackflies and midges and supports early career researchers by delivering training programmes and providing grant support for research projects in ODA countries (see: The website also provides useful resources and training aids.

Mary serves as the University Supervisor of Laura Jones who is based in Dr Simon Carpenter's laboratory in Pirbright working on her BBSRC studentship: ‘Mosquitoes in the “Endless City”: understanding how urbanisation will influence vector populations’ (2017-2021).

In addition, Mary serves on the Steering Committee of The Global Vector Hub (

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

SPEAK India Toolkit for Surveillance of Visceral Leishmaniasis.
Cameron M; Campino S; Kristan M; Higgins M; Sundar S; Singh OP; Malaviya P; Kansal S; Srkantiah S; Bindroo J
Comparison of collection methods for<i>Phlebotomus argentipes</i>sand flies to use in a molecular xenomonitoring system for the surveillance of visceral leishmaniasis
McIntyre-Nolan S; Kumar V; Carew MM; Kumar K; Nightingale E; Libera Marchiori GD; Rogers M; Kristan M; Campino S; Medley GF
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Comparison of collection methods for Phlebotomus argentipes sand flies to use in a molecular xenomonitoring system for the surveillance of visceral leishmaniasis.
McIntyre-Nolan S; Kumar V; Mark-Carew M; Kumar K; Nightingale ES; Dalla Libera Marchiori G; Rogers ME; Kristan M; Campino S; Medley GF
PLoS neglected tropical diseases
Global operational manual on leishmaniasis vector control, surveillance and monitoring and evaluation
Salomón OD; Albuquerque e Silva R; Rangel EF; Yaghoobi-Ershadi MR; Aerts C; Sicuri E; Cameron M; Johnson C; Mcintyre S; Ready P
SPEAK India: Outcomes and recommendations
Cameron M
Report of the meeting of programme managers and the Regional Technical Advisory Group for the kala-azar elimination programme
Spatial Variation in Delayed Diagnosis of Visceral Leishmaniasis in Bihar, India
Nightingale E; Bindroo J; Dubey P; Priyamvada K; Das A; Bern C; Srikantiah S; Cameron MC; Lucas TCD; Medley GF
SSRN Electronic Journal
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