Maggy Sikulu – Research Officer
Maggy Sikulu joined the Mosquito Control laboratory in June 2009 as a Griffith University PhD candidate. Maggy is developing age grading assays for Anopheles vectors of malaria with the goal of evaluating the efficacy of malaria control interventions in southeast Tanzania. The efficacy of control interventions targeting mosquitoes should be evaluated based on their capacity to remove the oldest mosquitoes in the population given the relatively long extrinsic incubation period for Plasmodium in Anophelesvectors (10-14d). Maggy is applying proteomics techniques, including Differential In-gel Electrophoresis, to identify new biomarkers of age. Maggy is also evaluating a recent high-throughput approach to age grading based on near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) of mosquito cuticle in collaboration with colleagues from the CDC, USDA and the Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania. Species being investigated include Anopheles gambiae, Anopheles arabiensis and Anopheles stephensi. Although based in Brisbane, Maggy spends periods of time on field placements in Tanzania.