Pest insects do enormous damage to human health (through transmission of diseases such as dengue fever and malaria) and to agriculture (through damage to crops or livestock). Our cross-disciplinary research programme explores ecological and genetic aspects of novel methods to control insect populations. We focus primarily on a transgenic variant of the Sterile Insect Technique, an area-wide method of biological pest control in which large numbers of sterile pest insects are released; these mate with wild insects, but no offspring result, so the population’s reproductive potential is reduced and numbers are suppressed.
Doran obtained a PhD in applied mathematics at the University of Cambridge, and an MMath&Phys in mathematics and physics at the University of Manchester. His research focused on analysing the cost-effectiveness of mosquito population control technologies by applying optimal control theory to coupled models of population dynamics, epidemiology and economics.