Miss Alicia Showering
Research Degree Student
My research interests include the microbiome and vector bourne disease. Through an MRC London Intercollegiate Doctoral scholarship I am undertaking my PhD at LSHTM investigating the skin microbiome and human attractiveness to malaria mosquitoes.
Prior to my PhD I obtained an MSc in Epidemiology from LSHTM (2018-19) and a first class BSc(Hons) in Biological Sciences from the University of Liverpool (2015-2018).
For more information on me and my project visit my personal website.
I demonstrate on statistics modules including Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health (STEPH) and Analysis & Design of Research Studies (ADRS). I teach Entomology practicals and am a distance learning tutor on the Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases in Developing Countries module. I also coordinate “Outbreak Control”, a public engagement workshop funded by MRC LID that introduces GCSE students to careers in public health.
My PhD project is part of the GenoScent project, an MRC-funded project that aims to investigate the genetic basis of attractiveness to mosquitoes, both in the UK and in a natural host-vector-parasite system in The Gambia. The study will provide insight into the mechanisms that can affect our body odour, and make people more or less attractive to mosquitoes. By collecting body odour from identical and non-identical twins in the UK and The Gambia, we will test the relative attractiveness of twins to the major vector of malaria, Anopheles mosquitoes, in behavioural experiments as well as investigate their odour profiles. My PhD is focused on the skin microbiome of these participants. I will associate the skin microbiome with the body odour and attractiveness to mosquitoes. Understanding the role of the microbiome in how humans produce natural attractants and repellents could be used to develop novel vector control tools in the future.