Dr Danica Fabrigar
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The African malaria vector, Anopheles gambiae s.s. is amongst the most dangerous insect vector in terms of the morbidity and mortality it causes. The use of bed nets and spraying of insecticides inside houses in Africa have helped relieve some of this burden, however, many researchers cite a change in vector behaviour that can render these control methods useless. Using whole genome sequence data and population genetic approaches, I am interested in disentangling the effects of selection from behaviour plasticity. I aim to answer one key question: is there selection in favour of outdoor biting behaviour?
Before coming to Oxford in January 2011, I studied for a Bsc in Zoology at Imperial College London. It was during my undergraduate years that I developed a keen interest in vector-borne diseases and public health. In particular, I took up a project on the emerging infectious fungal pathogen, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis as part of the European Research Union Project, RACE. The combined aspects of epidemiology, vector biology and global environmental issues in this project piqued my interest and have consequently cemented my passion for vector-borne disease research.