Janet is interested in Research on the Population Biology and Ecology of Anopheles mosquitoes, vector-parasite interactions, vector immunity to Plasmodium infection, insecticide resistance and the population genomics of malaria vectors in Sub-Saharan Africa. She also has interest in work that explores how our knowledge of these subjects can be applied in the development of novel tools and interventions for the control of disease vectors in the natural environment.
Her main research interests are in understanding the ecological genomics of Anopheles mosquitoes within the context of ongoing malaria control interventions and the transition in malaria epidemiology. She is particularly interested in exploring how ecological variability and the scaling up of control interventions impacts on vector population genomics, vector-parasite interactions and disease transmission especially malaria.Key Collaborations are with 1) The VigiLab, Imperial College London (Professor George Christophides) on mosquito immunity to malaria parasites and the genetic characterization of Anopheles populations and 2) The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute / The Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford (Professor Dominic Kwiatkowski) particularly on the An. gambiae 1000genomes initiative which is exploring genomic variability across Anopheles mosquito populations. Ongoing Research:• Describing the spatio-temporal distribution of anopheline vectors of malaria (with Prof. Maria Gloria Basanez, Dr. Martin Walker (DIDE, Imperial College)• Assessing the infectious reservoir of malaria (with Teun Bousema and Chris Drakeley (LSHTM)• The Anopheles gambiae 1000genomes Project