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Ephantus (juma) Muturi

Research Entomologist


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CONTACT

Phone: (309) 681-6194

Fax: 

Room: 2105A

 

USDA ARS NCAUR

1815 N University

Peoria, IL 61604

EDUCATION

PhD, Entomology, University of Illinois, 2007

MS, Parasitology, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya, 2004

B.ed., Biology, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya,  2001

AREA OF EXPERTISE
Vector control, mosquito-microbe interaction, vector ecology, integrated vector management.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Mosquito-borne diseases present a major economic and public health challenge throughout the world. Although chemical insecticides have played a major role in combating these diseases, their sustained use is currently threatened by the rapid emergence of insecticide resistance and concerns regarding detrimental effects of these insecticides to the environment. My research uses an interdisciplinary approach to better understand the biology and ecology of vector mosquitoes, and to develop novel, ecofriendly and sustainable strategies for mosquito control. In particular, my research focuses on the discovery and development of microbial and plant-derived biopesticides that can complement other vector control strategies within the framework of integrated vector management.

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LAB MEMBERS / SUPPORT STAFF / VISITING SCIENTISTS

Current:

            Bruce Zilkowski (Biological Science Laboratory Technician)

            Joy Hensold  (Summer Student Researcher Intern)

            Nicholas Brose  (Summer Student Researcher Intern)

Alumni: 

            Kevin Foley (Summer Student Researcher Intern)

COLLABORATION / COOPERATION:

National:

            University of Illinois

International:

            International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Nairobi, Kenya.

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