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Dr Marta Maia

Dr Marta Maia

Marta Maia

Principal Investigator

I am a medical entomologist based at the KEMRI Wellcome Trust Programme in Kilifi, Kenya. My main research interests include malaria vector bionomics, control and surveillance.

I originally trained in veterinary medicine and did a PhD at the Free University of Berlin on evaluating insecticide-treated fences to protect cattle from disease vectors. After finishing my PhD, I took on a post-doc fellow position at the LSHTM evaluating spatial repellents for malaria vector control based at the Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania. I later joined the SwissTPH as a scientific collaborator developing and testing new malaria vector control tools such as plant-based mosquito repellents, spatial repellents attractive-toxic sugar baits and mosquito attractants.

I am interested in novel vector control tools that may address outdoor biting mosquitoes and therewith reduce residual malaria transmission. I am particularly interested in endectocides such as ivermectin and am involved in research aiming at better understanding how ivermectin may impact vector population and malaria transmission.

I am also interested in developing new tools that can provide high-throughput and affordable alternatives to cross-sectional malaria prevalence surveys to map malaria transmission intensity using the mosquito populations. I am currently investigating near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and MALDI-TO-MS for predicting malaria infection in Anopheline mosquitoes using machine learning methods.

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