With a Genetics degree and PhD from Cardiff University, I trained at the National Institute for Medical Research, London before joining LSTM in 2002. From 2005 I was based with the Medical Research Council, Malaria Lead Programme in South Africa. I re-joined the Department of Vector Biology in 2009.
Michael’s research teams focus is on studying methods to improve the surveillance of vectors of human disease, and how to utilise that data to make informed decision on disease control and elimination. This has included establishing large scale surveillance programmes in Africa and India.
Michael leads on the develop of new tools for surveillance including a bespoke data base and methods for Quality Assurance of insecticides on a surface.
In order to create sustainability within the programmes, the team has developed and implemented a number of capacity strengthening tools.
Integrated Entomological Surveillance (IES)
IES is a research programme supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to determine if it is possible to establish a sentinel site surveillance programme for six vector borne diseases in Northeast India. We are working with a wide rage of stakeholders, including the National Centre for Vector Borne Disease Control, State’s and the All India Institute of Medical Science, Patna.
Quality Assurance of Insecticides on Surfaces for Vector Control
This novel hand-held sensor device utilises sensor technology to determine if insecticides sprayed onto surface is within an acceptable range. Funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the new diagnostic tool is the result of a collaboration that brings together the expertise of iiCON, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), and a Merseyside SME design partner 4D Products Ltd.
Non-invasive Detection of Lymphatic Filariasis in Humans
This novel tool sensor device utilises sensor technology to determine if a patient is positive for lymphatic filariasis. Funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the new diagnostic tool is the result of a collaboration that brings together the expertise of iiCON, LSTM, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), and the All India Institute of Medical Science, Patna.
Digital Platform of the Entomological Surveillance Planning Tool (ESPT)
The ESPT is a decision-support tool for planning entomological surveillance activities, interpreting entomological data, and guiding programmatic vector control decisions, developed by the Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI). Funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation this project focuses on developing a digital version of the tool for use by programmes in collaboration with MEI.
Michael leads on teaching "Development of a Disease Control Programme" with in the Tropical and Infectious Diseases MSC, as well as capacity strengthening in operational global.