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Dr Penny Hancock

Dr Penny Hancock

Penny Hancock

BSc, PhD


Senior Postdoctoral Researcher in Geospatial Modelling

I am interested in the ecology and evolution of mosquito-borne disease systems, with applications to mosquito control techniques. As part of the Malaria Atlas Project (MAP) team I am performing spatial analysis of the dynamics and spread of insecticide resistance in Anopheles mosquito vectors of malaria across Africa. This research interprets spatial datasets of insecticide resistance observations using a combination of geostatistical and machine learning approaches, informed by a suite of environmental predictor variables. I am also interested in novel mosquito control strategies involving field releases of Wolbachia bacteria, aimed at Aedes mosquito species that vector the dengue and Zika viruses.  I am developing mechanistic models of the spread of Wolbachia infections through field mosquito populations, focussing on representing patterns of spatial and demographic heterogeneity that occur in nature.