I have 18 years of experience in the field of Public Health, specifically in medical entomology and parasitology, with a particular focus on mosquitoes and the pathogens they transmit to humans. My current research interests are to use interdisciplinary approaches to vector control, including the use of artificial intelligence, spatial modelling, telecommunication platforms, and gaming.

Recent projects I have worked on include a collaboration with the WHO, Centers for Disease Control, and the Pacific Island Health Officers Association to eliminate lymphatic filariasis in the Pacific; investigating rapid intervention tools and strategies for Zika outbreaks in Australia (FNQ Hospital Foundation Grant); and Queensland Institute of Medical Research – Berghofer and the US Department of Defense based in Peru, where we investigated the use of novel spatial repellents to intercept biting by Aedes aegypti, the primary vector of dengue and Zika viruses.

Earlier research includes trap development, and sampling biases for Aedes aegypti (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)

The collaborations I have been involved in over the last 18 years include institutions in Canada, the United States, Europe, South America, Australia, Samoa, and American Samoa.


  • TM5518: Medical Entomology (Level 5; CNS)
  • I am primarily interested in developing smart interventions for vector-borne diseases transmitted by Aedes aegypti, Aedes polynesiensis, and Aedes albopictus, including dengue, Zika, Chikungunya, and lymphatic filariasis.
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Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation - Research Grant

Metofluthrin, a targeted intervention for high-risk persons during Zika, dengue, and emerging mosquito-borne disease outbreaks in far north Queensland

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$24,000 over 1 year
In far north Queensland we have one of the world's most important mosquito vectors of dengue, Zika, and other viruses of public health significance. In this study, we look at interventions to protect high risk individuals from vector-borne disease in the event an outbreak scenario.
Tamara Buhagiar and Scott Ritchie in collaboration with Gregor Devine (College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences and Queensland Institute of Medical Research)
Aedes aegypti; Dengue; Vector Control; Zika; Intervention; Emerging Infectious Diseases

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