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Dr Mojca Kristan

BSc MSc PhD

Research Fellow
in Medical Entomology

Room
442

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
0207 927 2439

Mojca Kristan studied Biology (BSc) at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and obtained an MSc in the Biology and Control of Disease Vectors at LSHTM in 2001. After her Masters she worked at the School as an entomology research technician as part of the Gates Malaria Partnership program. She was involved in work on malaria transmission and in the research within the Highland Malaria Project (HIMAL) on malaria epidemic early warning and detection systems in the highlands of Kenya and Uganda.

She has re-joined the School in 2012 as a Research Fellow, working on a collaborative project with Malaria Consortium, to study the impact of various control measures on malaria transmission from the perspective of vector-parasite interactions. Mojca joined Dr Thomas Walker's group after submitting her PhD to work on the use of FTA cards for detection of sporozoites during sugar feeding of mosquitoes. She then worked with Dr Walker and Dr Matt Rogers on the use of FTA cards for detection of Leishmania parasites in infective phlebotomine sand flies, with a potential to develop a simple and effective tool for monitoring of leishmaniasis transmission in the field. She continues to work on vector control, malaria transmission and parasite-vector interactions.

Affiliations

Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases
Department of Disease Control

Centres

Malaria Centre

Teaching

Mojca provides teaching support during various entomology practicals and student projects, and lectures on Vector Sampling, Identification & Incrimination and Vector Biology & Vector - Parasite Interactions modules. She is a tutor on the MSc Medical Entomology for Disease Control Control and MSc Medical Parasitology degree courses. Mojca is also a co-organiser of Malaria: from Science to Policy and Practice study module (3195). 

Research

Mojca's research interests include studies of malaria vectors in Africa, vector-parasite interactions, and evaluating the impact of insecticide resistance on malaria transmission and effectiveness of vector control. She is especially interested in the impact of vector control interventions on parasite-vector interactions, and in finding new tools for vector incrimination and monitoring of disease transmission in vectors.

She worked with Dr Colin Sutherland's group on the Plasmodium ovale project. In 2016, the team succeeded in producing P. ovale spp sporozoites and have used these to infect cultured hepatocytes. Together with Dr Michael Delves and Dr Christiaan van Ooij she successfully re-established P. falciparum transmission at LSHTM and they continue to work on various projects.

After working with Dr Thomas Walker on vector incrimination and malaria sporozoite detection in mosquitoes, she worked with Dr Walker and Dr Matt Rogers on detection of Leishmania parasites in infective phlebotomine sand flies.

In 2020, Mojca continues to work on vector control, malaria transmission and parasite-vector interactions, focusing on malaria and leishmaniasis. 

 

Mojca's research output can be viewed on google scholar (https://bit.ly/2Jl8gWj).

Research Area
Insects
Parasites
Disease control
Protozoa
Vector control
Discipline
Parasitology
Vector biology
Entomology
Disease and Health Conditions
Leishmaniasis
Malaria
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Vector borne disease
Leishmaniasis
Country
Ethiopia
Ghana
Guinea
Kenya
Nigeria
Uganda
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Investigating the blood-host plasticity and dispersal of Anopheles coluzzii using a novel field-based methodology.
Orsborne J; Furuya-Kanamori L; Jeffries CL; Kristan M; Mohammed AR; Afrane YA; O'Reilly K; Massad E; Drakeley C; Walker T
2019
Parasites & vectors
Mosquito and human hepatocyte infections with Plasmodium ovale curtisi and Plasmodium ovale wallikeri.
Kristan M; Thorburn SG; Hafalla JC; Sutherland CJ; Oguike MC
2019
Transactions of The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Novel Wolbachia strains in Anopheles malaria vectors from Sub-Saharan Africa.
Jeffries CL; Lawrence GG; Golovko G; Kristan M; Orsborne J; Spence K; Hurn E; Bandibabone J; Tantely LM; Raharimalala FN
2018
Wellcome Open Research
Detection of malaria sporozoites expelled during mosquito sugar feeding.
Brugman VA; Kristan M; Gibbins MP; Angrisano F; Sala KA; Dessens JT; Blagborough AM; Walker T
2018
Scientific reports
Using the human blood index to investigate host biting plasticity: a systematic review and meta-regression of the three major African malaria vectors.
Orsborne J; Furuya-Kanamori L; Jeffries CL; Kristan M; Mohammed AR; Afrane YA; O'Reilly K; Massad E; Drakeley C; Walker T
2018
Malaria journal
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