About

Professor Burkot's career has focussed on improving how the insect vectors of human diseases, particularly malaria, are monitored and controlled. His team conducts basic research on the ecology and biology of the malaria vectors in the Solomon Islands in partnership the national malaria control program. The team is also evaluating two novel interventions to control malaria.  

Dr Burkot also orchestrates the work of 8 institutions and universities in the USA and Europe that form the Vector Ecology and Control Network (VECNet), which is creating an analytical framework for the analyses of the effectiveness of vector control strategies by creating a digital library in which all known data on malaria is assembled together with the means to parameterize multiple mathematical models with the data in the library, with the process being facilitated by intuitive user-friendly software.  VECNet is currently undertaking analyses using geo- and temporally specific data in the Solomon Islands, Kenya and Mozambique.

Teaching
  • TM5518: Medical Entomology (Level 5; CNS)
Interests
Research
  • Understanding the ecology and behaviours of insect vectors of human diseases
  • Evaluating novel interventions for malaria and lymphatic filariasis
  • Creating an analytical framework to facilitate modelling of malaria control interventions
Experience
  • 1991 to 2011 - Research Entomologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Fort Collins, CO and Atlanta GA, USA)
  • 1988 to 1991 - Laboratory Head, Queensland Institute of Medical Research (Brisbane, QLD)
  • 1983 to 1988 - Senior Scientist, Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research (Madang, Papua New Guinea)
  • 1981 to 1983 - National Research Council Fellow, The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (Washington, DC; USA)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
Publications

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National Institute of Health - RO1

International Centres of Excellence in Malaria Research

Indicative Funding
$466,102 over 5 years (administered by Case Western Reserve University)
Summary
The ICEMR for the Southwest Pacific is studying the biology of malaria vectors and parasites and how these populations change under the selective pressure of malaria control interventions. The work is being carried out in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.
Investigators
Tom Burkot, Tanya Russell, Nigel Beebe and James Kazura (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, The University of Queensland and Case Western Reserve University)
Keywords
Malaria; Solomon Islands

Intellectual Ventures Property Holdings LLC - Contract Research

Development of a Vector Management Programme at Intellectual Ventures Labs

Indicative Funding
$339,277 over 2 years
Summary
To develop support for and development of a vector management strategy and potential program for the Global Health Technologies Organization of Intellectual Ventures Labs. Activities will be development of a mosquito monitoring and control programs with an initial focus on malaria vectors including development of target product profiles for potential interventions and their development towards field evaluations.
Investigators
Tom Burkot (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine)
Keywords
Vector Control; Anopheles; Integrated Vector Management; Malaria

Intellectual Ventures Property Holdings LLC - Consultancy

Defining the Role of Intellectual Ventures in Vector Biology Research

Indicative Funding
$345,850 over 3 years
Summary
a) Review outcomes of the Vector Expert Group meeting which took place on December 16th and December 17th, 2014 and the consultation on vectors with The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation ("BMGF") which took place on January 5, 2015. b) Identify priority areas suitable for further developments by Client and IVPH; and c) Develop concept notes on identified priority areas, including recommended timelines, resource requirements and partners.
Investigators
Tom Burkot (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine)
Keywords
Vector Biology; Malaria; Mosquito

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - Grant

The Vector Control Development Network: a consortium of institutions to analyze malaria transmission and its reduction by any one or several vector control or drug-based interventions

Indicative Funding
$8,815,915 over 3 years
Summary
The VecNet project supports a consortium of institutions to analyze malaria transmission and its reduction by vector and drug based interventions. The project will facilitate the development of new vector control tools, collection of new entomological data and analysis of transmission risk as a function of vector ecology and behaviour. It will also support an analysis of the composition of tools needed to achieve malaria eradication globally. Importantly, it will also provide input about the potential impact of candidate new tools, to inform prioritization of investments.
Investigators
Tom Burkot, Michelle Barker, Frank Collins, Greg Madey, Catherine Moyes, Simon Hay and Robert Farlow in collaboration with Philip Eckhoff and Tom Smith (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, University of Notre Dame, University of Oxford, R Farlow Consulting (USA), Intellectual Ventures/Global Good and Swiss Tropical Public Health Institute)
Keywords
Malaria transmission; Anopheline biology; Transmission simulation
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Current
  • Survey of Dengue Fever Vectors and its Serotype Viruses in Solomon Islands (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • When World's Collide: Where and When Anophelines and Humans Interact Impacts Malaria Transmission (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Larval density and adult fitness in Anopheles farauti: Towards understanding how larval control may impact transmission by adults (PhD , Primary Advisor)
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  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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  • E4.109, QLD Tropical Health Alliance (Cairns campus)
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