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Al-Amin is a PhD student in the Mosquito Control Lab, QIMR Berghofer, registered at the University of Queensland (with Dr Nigel Beebe). He is funded through a competitive QIMR Berghofer International Scholarship. After completing his masters in Zoology (specialized in Entomology) in 2011, Al-Amin worked at the Emerging Infections and Parasitology Laboratory, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) as a Research Officer until June 2019. His keen interest is on vectors, and vector-borne arboviral diseases and malaria. He undertook a number of projects in Bangladesh focusing on mosquito taxonomy, behavior, bionomics, and insecticide resistance monitoring. His PhD project includes characterization of the operational impacts of insecticide resistance on survival of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Al-amin will explore this using molecular diagnostics and a range of bioassays, including the use of “free-flight” rooms. Having detailed the challenges that insecticide resistant mosquitoes pose to current, insecticidal control programs, he will demonstrate the utility of an alternative sustainable control approach by creating a Wolbachia-infected colony of the Dhaka strain. The characteristics of this strain regarding fitness, stability, virus-blocking and its hypothetical suitability for release in Bangladesh will be explored.