Anopheles arabiensis is a major malaria vector in Southern Africa. It is particularly difficult to control due to its’ variable biting and resting behaviour. Due to its’ role in outdoor malaria transmission, this species represents one of the biggest challenges to the South African malaria elimination agenda.
We are interested in translating knowledge of the biology of this species into ideas for control, all while taking into context the problem of insecticide resistance. Anopheles arabiensis breeds in clean, temporary bodies of water, but with increasing levels of pollution, this species has been adapting to breeding in polluted water, and this has numerous effects on life history (Oliver and Brooke, 2018a and b). I am in search of an MSc student who is interested in examining the effect of pollution on Anopheles arabiensis.
This project will be undertaken at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases in Sandringham, Johannesburg at the Vector Control Reference Laboratory. The degree will be registered with the Wits Research Institute for Malaria (WRIM), School of Pathology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Wits University.
We are a well-established laboratory, with a unique collection of vector mosquito species to facilitate the studies. Our group is a highly productive group which encourages the development of research skills. If you are interested in joining this dynamic team, please contact Dr. Shüné Oliver at [email protected] by 23 January 2019. Please submit a cover letter, including a statement of the work you are interested in as well as a curriculum vitae. To qualify, you need an Honours’ degree. Please note that non South African students may require additional funding to cover the price of international tuition fees.

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