Dr Ulrike Fillinger is a disease ecologist and public health entomologist with more than 20 years of experience in basic, applied and operational research. Her work is aimed at developing novel and improving existing control strategies for mosquito-borne and other insect-borne diseases in Africa.
Her major focus over the past 15 years has been on malaria control, studying the ecology and behaviour of malaria vector mosquitoes with an interest in developing tools that complement the current frontline mosquito control interventions. Projects include research on basic vector ecology, evaluation of a broad range of insecticides from chemicals, microbials to insect growth regulators, and operational research on vector control and its impact on entomological, epidemiological and sociological outcomes.
Recently, Ulrike expanded her research portfolio to work on basic and applied studies to understand the disease ecology of tungiasis (sand flea disease, jiggers) in Africa and to investigate how freshwater pollution impacts on the spread of schistosomiasis.
Ulrike enjoys working trans-disciplinary, in close collaboration with ecologists, geographers, epidemiologists, statisticians, parasitologists, medical practitioners, veterinarians, microbiologists, social scientists and health economists which is well reflected in her diverse publication record. She has a wealth of experience in working with community-based organisations, public health staff and representatives of the private sector. She is also passionate about research capacity building and has a track record of mentoring BSc, MSc and PhD students.