Current QIMR appointment
- 2013-current: Associate Professor, Group Leader, Mosquito Control Laboratory, QIMR Berghofer.
- 2011-2013: Director of Medical Entomology, Tropical Regional Services, Queensland, Australia.
- 2010-2011: Principal Investigator, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK.
- 2008-2009: Senior Research Scientist, Rothamsted Research, UK.
- 2004-2008: Secondment, US Navy Medical Research Unit, Peru.
- 2006: Director of Entomology, US Navy Medical Research Unit, Peru.
Current Area of Research
The Mosquito Control Laboratory is committed to operational research, translation and implementation. Our focus is to characterise, monitor and manipulate the entomological determinants of arbovirus and malaria transmission. This includes looking at:
- the impacts of species / strain differences on vector competence and ecological / behavioural fitness (e.g. vector complexes, Wolbachia-infection and insecticide-resistant variants)
- the influence of environmental variables (urban structure, temperature) on fitness, invasion and disease transmission
- novel means of insecticide delivery (e.g. the auto-dissemination of larvicides, mosquito sterilants, and the volatilization of potent but safe pyrethroids)
- the application of new technologies for monitoring and survey purposes (e.g. novel age-grading and mark-recapture techniques).
This work is facilitated by our unique PC2, PC3 and QIC3 laboratories and insectaries.
I am author or co-author of 60 peer reviewed articles in journals and reference books. I have published in PNAS, Science, Heredity, PLoS NTDs, PLoS One and more specialist entomology and malaria journals. In the past five years I authored and co-authored 24 papers.
- White M, Lwetoijera D, Marshall J, Caron-Lormier G, Bohan DA, Denholm I, Devine GJ (2014) Negative cross resistance in co-treated bednets: a practicable means of restoring pyrethroid-susceptibility to vectors of malaria. PLoS One 9(5). A novel technique for decreasing the frequency of insecticide resistance alleles is explored. Resistance management strategies and opportunities are of crucial importance in the sustainability of vector borne disease control.
- Devine GJ and Killeen GF (2010) The potential of a new larviciding method for the control of malaria vectors. Malaria Journal 9:142. These ideas were developed into a 3.6M USD project funded by the Gates Foundation (2010-2014; PI Devine).
- Ritchie SR, Devine GJ (2013) Confusion, knock-down and kill of Aedes aegypti using metofluthrin in domestic settings: a powerful tool to prevent dengue transmission? Parasites & Vectors 6:262. Recognition of the potential importance of a novel, safe set of insecticides that might help manage an intractable dengue control problem developed into a 0.65M USD project funded by US government (2015-2018; PI Devine).
- Paul R, Sousa C, Sakuntabhai A, Devine GJ (2014). Mosquito control might not bolster imperfect dengue vaccines. Lancet. 384 1747-1748. Highlights the lack of complementary measures available for shoring up the proposed roll-out of a sub-optimal dengue vaccine.
- Kiware SS, Chitnis N, Moore SJ, Devine GJ, Majambere S, Merrill S, Killeen GF (2012) Biologically meaningful coverage indicators for eliminating malaria transmission. Biology Letters 8 874-877. The main constraint to malaria elimination is the current impossibility of achieving universal coverage of mosquito or human populations. A framework for characterising those constraints is presented.
- 2000-current: Fellow, Royal Entomological Society, UK (FRES).
- 2014-current: Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland.
- 2013-current: President, Mosquito and Arbovirus Research Committee, Queensland, Australia.
- 2012-current: adjunct Associate Professor, School of Public Health, James Cook University.
- 2005-current: Member, US Naval Medical Research Unit, Scientific Review Board.
- 2004-2008: Consultant, Amazon Malaria Initiative, US Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
- 1994-1997: PhD Entomology, Imperial College, London, UK.
- 1989-1990: MSc Applied Entomology (distinction), Imperial College, London, UK.
- 1984-1988: BSc Zoology, Honours, 2i, Aberdeen University, Scotland, UK.