Karina Mondragon-Shem

Karina is a vector biologist with an MSc in medical parasitology (LSHTM) and a PhD in tropical medicine (LSTM). She is interested in many aspects of public health, particularly the eco-epidemiology and social impact of Neglected Tropical Diseases. Through a combination of lab and field work, she investigates the fascinating relationships between insects, the parasites they transmit and the biology underlying these systems.

A bite to remember

Phlebotomus pappatasi taking a blood meal. Content provider: CDC/ Frank Collins – commons Wikimedia

Sandfly salivary proteins could be used as biomarkers to indicate the risk of leishmaniasis infection.