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Mojca Kristan

MSc

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 is currently a doctoral candidate at LSHTM within the Department of Disease Control (DCD), and has recently joined Dr Thomas Walker's group. 

Affiliations

Department of Disease Control
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases

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 Epidemiology and Control of Malaria 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 also worked with Dr Colin Sutherland's group on the Plasmodium ovale project. In 2016, we have succeeded in producing P. ovale spp sporozoites and have used these to infect cultured hepatocytes.

Mojca is currently working with Dr Thomas Walker on vector incrimination and malaria sporozoite detection in mosquitoes.

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
Malaria
Vector borne disease
Country
Kenya
Uganda
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Detection of malaria sporozoites expelled during mosquito sugar feeding.
Brugman, V.A. ; Kristan, M. ; Gibbins, M.P. ; Angrisano, F. ; Sala, K.A. ; Dessens, J.T. ; Blagborough, A.M. ; Walker, T. ;
2018
Sci Rep
Determinants of the accuracy of rapid diagnostic tests in malaria case management: evidence from low and moderate transmission settings in the East African highlands.
Abeku, T.A.; Kristan, M.; Jones, C.; Beard, J.; Mueller, D.H.; Okia, M.; Rapuoda, B.; Greenwood, B.; Cox, J.;
2008
Malar J
Pyrethroid resistance/susceptibility and differential urban/rural distribution of Anopheles arabiensis and An. gambiae s.s. malaria vectors in Nigeria and Ghana
Kristan, M.; Fleischmann, H.; della Torre, A.; Stich, A.; Curtis, C. F.
2003
Medical and Veterinary Entomology
See all Mojca Kristan's Publications