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Ailie Robinson

BSc MSc PhD

Research Fellow

Room
LG17

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
+44 (0)20 79272718

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.

Affiliations

Department of Disease Control
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases

Teaching

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.

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.

Research Area
Insects
Parasites
Disease control
Protozoa
Vector control
Discipline
Parasitology
Vector biology
Entomology
Disease and Health Conditions
Malaria
Trachoma
Vector borne disease
Country
Ethiopia
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Plasmodium-associated changes in human odor attract mosquitoes.
Robinson, A. ; Busula, A.O. ; Voets, M.A. ; Beshir, K.B. ; Caulfield, J.C. ; Powers, S.J. ; Verhulst, N.O. ; Winskill, P. ; Muwanguzi, J. ; Birkett, M.A. ; Smallegange, R.C. ; Masiga, D.K. ; Mukabana, W.R. ; Sauerwein, R.W. ; Sutherland, C.J. ; Bousema, T. ; Pickett, J.A. ; Takken, W. ; Logan, J.G. ; de Boer, J.G. ;
2018
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A
Odours of Plasmodium falciparum-infected participants influence mosquito-host interactions.
de Boer, J.G. ; Robinson, A. ; Powers, S.J. ; Burgers, S.L.G.E. ; Caulfield, J.C. ; Birkett, M.A. ; Smallegange, R.C. ; van Genderen, P.J.J. ; Bousema, T. ; Sauerwein, R.W. ; Pickett, J.A. ; Takken, W. ; Logan, J.G. ;
2017
Sci Rep
Plasmodium falciparum parasites with histidine-rich protein 2 (pfhrp2) and pfhrp3 gene deletions in two endemic regions of Kenya.
Beshir, K.B. ; SepĂșlveda, N. ; Bharmal, J. ; Robinson, A. ; Mwanguzi, J. ; Busula, A.O. ; de Boer, J.G. ; Sutherland, C. ; Cunningham, J. ; Hopkins, H. ;
2017
Sci Rep
Development of the larval migration inhibition test for comparative analysis of ivermectin sensitivity in cyathostomin populations.
McArthur, C.L. ; Handel, I.G. ; Robinson, A. ; Hodgkinson, J.E. ; Bronsvoort, B.M. ; Burden, F. ; Kaplan, R.M. ; Matthews, J.B. ;
2015
Vet Parasitol
The in vitro diagnosis of anthelmintic resistance in cyathostomins.
Matthews, J.B. ; McArthur, C. ; Robinson, A. ; Jackson, F. ;
2012
Vet Parasitol
Comparison of the CDC Backpack aspirator and the Prokopack aspirator for sampling indoor- and outdoor-resting mosquitoes in southern Tanzania.
Maia, M.F. ; Robinson, A. ; John, A. ; Mgando, J. ; Simfukwe, E. ; Moore, S.J. ;
2011
Parasit Vectors
Targeting cattle-borne zoonoses and cattle pathogens using a novel trypanosomatid-based delivery system.
Mott, G.A. ; Wilson, R. ; Fernando, A. ; Robinson, A. ; MacGregor, P. ; Kennedy, D. ; Schaap, D. ; Matthews, J.B. ; Matthews, K.R. ;
2011
PLoS Pathog
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