I am a medical entomologist with background in veterinary medicine. My career goal is to develop and test appropriate vector control solutions for low and middle-income countries. In 2004, I graduated in Veterinary Medicine at the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal. In 2005 I began a PhD program at the Free University of Berlin and Bernhard-Nocht Institute in Hamburg and specialized in control of nuisance insects and disease vectors of veterinary and medical importance. My fieldwork took place at the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Ghana, where I investigated the use of insecticide-treated fences to protect zero-grazing cattle from insect attacks as well as a zooprophylactic measure against malaria vectors. I graduated in 2009 and directly afterwards started my post-doc at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), under the supervision of Dr. Sarah Moore working on a project aiming at characterizing spatial repellents mode of action, efficacy and neighboring effects. In 2013 I joined the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute as a research scientist. Since then I have been based throughout in Tanzania and Kenya, and have been involved in the development and evaluation of novel mosquito control interventions such as spatial repellents, plant-based repellents, mosquito attractants, endectocide synergists, attractive toxic sugar baits as well as developing near infrared spectroscopy for surveillance of malaria and dengue vector control interventions.
I am currently investigating near infrared spectroscopy as a new method to identify malaria parasites in the mosquito.