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Bionomics of malaria vectors for P. knowlesi transmission in Indonesia

Title of Project

Bionomics of malaria vectors for P. knowlesi transmission in Indonesia

Advisor/s

Tom Burkot, Tanya Russell

College or Research Centre

Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine

Summary of Project

In Southeast Asia, Plasmodium knowlesi is an emerging malaria parasite of the macaque monkeys, and is transmitted by the Anopheles mosquitoes. P. knowlesi is now the most common cause of human malaria in Malaysia and has been reported in all countries throughout Southeast Asia where the relevant macaque hosts and mosquito vectors are present. However, critical information regarding the epidemiology and transmission dynamics of P. knowlesi remain poorly defined, hindering effective regional and local control responses. This project seeks to understanding which mosquito vectors are transmitting zoonotic malaria, and how vector bionomics varies across different land types. Understanding the biting behavior and ecology of the primary malaria vectors will be necessary to develop an effective control program.

Key Words

Malaria; Plasmodium knowlesi; anopheles; landscape ecology; Indonesia

Would suit an applicant who

This project will suit an applicant who is interested in conducting applied research aimed at improving malaria vector control operations. The research will require spending time in the field in remote locations. The student will be required to collect data, analyse it and write up a thesis and publications. Both Indonesia and Australian nationals are encouraged to apply.

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