Dr Maggy Lord

Research Fellow

Centre for Animal Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
maggy.lord@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 60550

Overview

Dr Maggy Lord (Also known as Dr Sikulu-Lord) is a medical entomologist at QAAFI, centre for Animal science at the University of Queensland. Maggy's research focuses on characterising mosquitoes of medical importance specifically on those that transmit malaria, dengue, Zika and yellow fever. Her current research applies the near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) technique for defining potentially infectious mosquito populations. She specifically develops spectroscopy models to profile mosquito age, infection and species type. She has more than eight years’ experience using NIRS for this purpose and has a track record in the use NIRS to differentiate cryptic species of malaria vectors, profile their age and has recently pioneered it's application on mosquitoes that transmit dengue and Zika. She has led successful grants in the application of the technique for Malaria control programs in Tanzania and is currently applying the technique on Zika and dengue in Brazil. Her research is valuable in predicting future vector-borne disease outbreaks.

Research Interests

  • Mosquitoes of medical importance
    Characterization of mosquito population to determine disease transmission capability

Research Impacts

Our team evaluates the ability of NIRS as an alternative tool to PCR for characterisation of mosquito parameters that aide in diseases transmission. We collaborate with scientists from Fiocruz, CDC, USDA, Imperial college, Instituto Oswaldo Cruz (Brazil) and Kenya Medical Research Institute. My team focuses on testing the applicability of next generation vector-borne disease surveillance tools using rapid, high throughput, cost effective and user friendly surveillance tools for mosquitoes and other insects of medical importance. By assessing their survival rates, infection rates and species abundance, these tools are intended to inform public health personnel in a timely manner, on the effectiveness of their intervention and predict potential disease hotspots to stop a possible disease outbreak.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Medical Entomology, Griffith University

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