Researcher biography

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.