Miss Ailie Robinson
BSc MSc PhD
I am a medical entomologist with a particular focus on the control of disease vectors through exploitation of their olfactory processes. My current focus is the biology and control of Musca sorbens, the putative vector of trachoma, as part of the Stronger SAFE team. I am also interested and actively involved in public engagement both at the school and elsewhere, and I occasionally blog for the BioMedCentral blog Bugbitten.
I obtained a BSc (Hons) in Zoology from the University of Edinburgh in 2007. Following this I worked for two years on research projects at Moredun Research Institue and the University of Edinburgh. I studied my MSc in medial parastiology at LSHTM in 2009/2010 before working for two years in a diagnostic microbiology laboratory. I started working as a research assistant at LSHTM in 2012, also studying my PhD at LSHTM between 2013 and 2017.
I tutor on the Epidemiology and Control of Malaria module. I also volunteer for the charity STEMNET. Through this I visit schools in London to deliver presentations and practical sessions concerning infectious disease research.
I am interested in the biology and control of haematophagous insects, and specifically investigating their chemical ecology in order to develop novel methods for monitoring and control.
I am currently investigating the fly Musca sorbens, both in terms of it's capacity to transit Chlamydia trachomatis, the aetiologic agent of trachoma, and methods of control.