The research activities planned for the AnoRep project required the involvement of qualified research staff to carry out the planned experimental activities. The team includes postdoctoral researchers, PhD students and research assistants.

Principal Investigator

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Prof.ssa Flaminia Catteruccia (PI), Associate Professor, University of Perugia, Italy

Her main research focus is the study of the molecular basis of mating and reproduction in Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes, the major malaria vectors. Her research aims at answering basic biological questions on the factors and mechanisms shaping fertility in mosquitoes, as well as developing new tools for vector control programs.

Dr. Catteruccia trained as a molecular entomologist at Imperial College London, where she achieved the first genetic manipulation of Anopheles mosquitoes. She has contributed to the generation of a number of tools for molecular and genetic studies in mosquitoes, to aid the implementation of genetic strategies for vector control. These tools include the development of a genetic sexing mechanism for the automated separation of male from female mosquitoes at the larval stage, and the validation of RNA interference for functional studies. Her work includes field studies in a number of African countries to confirm and expand the laboratory findings of her research group.

Postdoctoral fellows

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Dr Matthew Pierce (Postdoctoral researcher), University of Perugia, Italy

Dr Pierce is involved in the identification of factors and processes involved in sperm viability and function, including the transcriptional and proteomic analysis of the spermatheca before and after mating, and the functional analysis of a number of candidate genes important for sperm viability and function.

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Dr Evdoxia Kakani (Postdoctoral researcher), University of Perugia, Italy

Dr Kakani is currently working as postdoctoral researcher and her research activities have been focused on: the analysis of the role of transcription factors in the formation of the glands and in the expression of MAG secretion in An.gambiae, the establishment of the role of glands in controlling female behavior, the analysis of the role of the MAG lipidic components and small peptide hormones in mosquito fertility, the identification of factors that interfere with mosquito reproduction, to aid the development of sterilizing agents able to interfere with sperm storage and function, and egg development and laying.

Dr Douglas Paton (Postdoctoral researcher), University of Perugia, Italy

Graduate students

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Eleonora Teodori (PhD student), University of Perugia, Italy

Eleonora Teodori is a PhD student and is working in objective 2 focused on the identification of factors and processes involved in sperm viability and function.

 

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Aurelio Serrao (PhD student), University of Perugia, Italy

Aurelio Serrao is enrolled in the PhD program and is involved in the manipulation of mosquito reproductive success in the field. The research activities were focused on the identification of factors that interfere with mosquito reproduction, to aid the development of sterilizing agents able to interfere with 1) sperm storage and function, and 2) egg development and laying.

 

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Enzo Mameli (PhD student), University of Perugia, Italy

Enzo Mameli is enrolled in the PhD program and is working at the objective 3 research activities, focused on the identification of factors and processes involved in sperm viability and function. 

Research assistant

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Francesca Mancini (Research assistant), University of Perugia, Italy

Francesca Mancini is working as research assistant and is collaborating to the research activities of objective 2 focused on the identification of factors and processes involved in sperm viability and function.

Former members

Dr Paolo Gabrieli (Postdoctoral researcher)