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.
Katherine Heath (2015 - 2019)
Katie completed an undergraduate in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Epidemiology at Imperial College London. Katie then worked as a Global Health Research Consultant working on HIV and HCV in London and a Research Associate in Lyon. Katie joined Oxford as part of the Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP in 2015. Katie works broadly on the mathematical and behavioural ecology of human disease vectors, with particular emphasis upon environmental change.