Dr Maggy Lord

Senior Research Fellow

School of Public Health
Faculty of Medicine
maggy.lord@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 64688

Overview

Dr Maggy Sikulu-Lord leads the Infectious Disease Diagnostics team at the School of Public Health , Faculty of Medicine at the University of Queensland. She is a Mid-Career Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellow. Her research focuses on developing novel tools for the diagnosis of vector-borne infectious diseases such as those transmitted by mosquitoes, kissing bugs, Soil and Snails. Her current specialisation involves the development of rapid and non-invasive diagnostic tools based on spectroscopy techniques. Dr Sikulu-Lord has received >$3million multi-site, National and international reserach funding in the spectroscopy field as the Chief Investigator to develop rapid diagnostic tools for malaria, arboviruses and neglected tropical diseases for use as a guide in the ellimination of these diseases globally.

Research Interests

  • Mosquitoes of medical importance
    Characterization of mosquito population to determine disease transmission capability
  • Mosquito-borne disease
    Development of rapid and non-invasive diagnostic tools

Research Impacts

Our team develops rapid and non-invasive novel diagnostic tools for multiple infectious diseases for humans and animals (One Health). We collaborate with scientists from Fiocruz, CDC, USDA, Instituto Oswaldo Cruz (Brazil), Australian Defence Force, and Kenya Medical Research Institute. My team focuses on testing the applicability of next generation diagnostic tools using rapid, high throughput, cost effective and user friendly light-based devices. These tools are intended to inform public health personnel in a timely manner, on the effectiveness of an intervention, guide ellimination and predict potential disease hotspots to stop a possible outbreak.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Medical Entomology, Griffith University

Publications

  • Mwanga, Emmanuel P., Minja, Elihaika G., Mrimi, Emmanuel, Jiménez, Mario González, Swai, Johnson K., Abbasi, Said, Ngowo, Halfan S., Siria, Doreen J., Mapua, Salum, Stica, Caleb, Maia, Marta F., Olotu, Ally, Sikulu-Lord, Maggy T., Baldini, Francesco, Ferguson, Heather M., Wynne, Klaas, Selvaraj, Prashanth, Babayan, Simon A. and Okumu, Fredros O. (2019) Detection of malaria parasites in dried human blood spots using mid-infrared spectroscopy and logistic regression analysis. Malaria Journal, 18 1: 341. doi:10.1186/s12936-019-2982-9

  • Milali, Masabho P., Sikulu-Lord, Maggy T., Kiware, Samson S., Dowell, Floyd E., Corliss, George F. and Povinelli, Richard J. (2019) Age grading An. gambiae and An. arabiensis using near infrared spectra and artificial neural networks. PLoS One, 14 8: . doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0209451

  • Sikulu-Lord, Maggy, Garcia, Gabriela A., Santos, Lilha M., Fernandes, Jill N., Dowell, Floyd E. and Maciel-De-Freitas, Rafael (2019). Detection of arboviruses and parasites in mosquito vectors with a beam of light. In: 68th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), National Harbor, MD, United States, (233-233). 20-24 November, 2019. doi:10.4269/ajtmh.abstract2019

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • This PhD project aims to develop alternative, rapid and cost-effective tools for detecting Arboviruses in vectors and human population

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Publications

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Conference Publication

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Note for students: Dr Maggy Lord is not currently available to take on new students.

Current Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

Dr Maggy Lord is not currently available to take on new students.

  • This PhD project aims to develop alternative, rapid and cost-effective tools for detecting Arboviruses in vectors and human population