Marieke de Swart

Marieke de Swart

Research project: Optimising the position of repellents and attractants in a push-pull system for the control of malaria mosquitoes

Marieke is a Msc student supervised by Collins Mweresa (icipe), Alexandra Hiscox and Niels Verhulst (Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR), the Netherlands). Her research interests include the transmission of malaria and other infectious diseases, and is currently researching the optimization of push-pull systems for malaria control. In a push-pull system, mosquitoes are repelled from houses (“push”) by the use of a spatial repellent and lured into odour-baited mosquito traps (“pull”). This limits the amount of mosquitoes entering the house, hence decreases malaria transmission. Previous studies indicate that this mechanism has a promising effect, but the exact optimization still has to take place before large-scale studies can start. Marieke completed her undergraduate studies in Biology (specialization: Ecology and Biodiversity) at WUR, where she is currently registered for a MSc in Health & Disease Biology. Marieke is a member of a Dutch Youth Association and was secretary of the board for a year, in addition to being active in the introduction-, photography-, almanac-, and policy committees.