Department of Entomology

Develop and test products to protect deployed military personnel from vector-borne pathogens based on a thorough understanding of vector biology. Products include insecticides, surveillance systems, taxonomic materials used to identify vectors and training materials.

Transfer information, through close collaboration with Peruvian partners (military and MoH), to relevant Peruvian government agencies to supplement their ability to control vector-borne diseases across Peru.

Refine the distribution, taxonomy, behavior and determine the vector competence of major malaria and leishmaniasis vectors in Peru using traditional, molecular and other advanced laboratory methods.

Maintain the Anopheles darlingi colony to conduct experiments on basic biology and control of this species and to participate in DoD and other collaborating institutions efforts to develop a malaria vaccine.

Maintain colonies of other vector species including Aedes aegypti and Lutzomyia verrucarum to conduct experiments on the basic biology and control of these species and to support other NAMRU-6, DoD or Peruvian Government research projects.

Current Projects:

● Elucidation of the bionomics and distribution of malaria vectors in Peru. Specifically, projects have explored the changing structure of malaria vector populations in the upper Amazon, evaluated the vectoral competence and capacity of numerous Anophelines including both Anopheles darlingi and An. benarrochi, and have provided training and materiel for a national insecticide resistance monitoring program
● Field trials of novel arthropod repellent chemistries and formulations. This multi-center project is in the process of down selecting suitable alternative compounds to augment or provide an alternative to current military issue repellent formulations
● Assist Peruvian colleagues in building their capacity to conduct vector research by encouraging close collaborative ties on the aforementioned projects, transferring material and technology, providing training, and designing future studies that address the public health needs of Peru while fulfilling NAMRU-6’s mission to protect deployed U.S. forces throughout the world