Michael Boge Ogallo (Kenya)

Michael Boge Ogallo

Research project: Design, testing and optimization of a resting box for blood-fed malaria mosquitoes under semi field conditions

Ogallo is a DRIP MSc fellow supervised by Dr James Mutunga and Prof. Fredrick M. Wanjala, University of Eldoret, Kenya. Ogallo’s research interest areas include Medical Entomology and Parasitology targeting human infectious diseases. Current frontline tools for control of adult malaria mosquitoes are long-lasting insecticide treated nets and indoor residual spraying. Additional tools are needed for control of malaria mosquitoes especially for the current drive towards malaria elimination in Africa. Ogallo’s MSc research is on design and optimizing of an indoor/outdoor mosquito resting box for blood-fed malaria mosquitoes in semi-field systems (SFS). The resting box will be deployed in an attract-and-kill strategy for horizontal transfer and auto-dissemination of new insect growth regulators as well as a bait station for testing new mosquito-selective K+ channel inhibitors as adulticides.This new approach is expected to control both adult mosquitoes and larvae without risk of toxicity to non-target species in the environment. The new IGRs and K+ inhibitors have novel modes of action that are unlikely to select for resistance and can be used for insecticide resistance management.  The ultimate goal of the project is to generate an inexpensive easy to use tool scalable for adoption in rural African communities.

Ogallo completed his undergraduate studies in BSc Zoology and Botany at Moi University, Eldoret-Kenya.