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Gregory received his PhD in behavioural ecology from Bournemouth University (UK) using video experiments and mark-release recapture fieldwork to inform agent-based models, predict the foraging behaviour of fish and ultimately improve river management. After defending his PhD, Greg moved from fish to mosquitoes, working with Philip McCall and others at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (UK) to use machine vision to quantify previously unobserved host-seeking behaviour, as mosquitoes tried to feed on a human under a bednet. These behavioural insights informed the design new bednets, with Greg testing his prototypes under field conditions in Burkina Faso, West Africa, illustrating the value of exploiting an organisms’ behaviour to improve the performance of control measures. Greg is currently working with Felix Hol, a long-term fellow at CRI and Marie Curie fellow at Institut Pasteur in the team of Louis Lambrechts, studying interactions between arboviruses and their vectors. The research is based on developing new technologies to study mosquito biology and behaviour, focussing on the biting behaviour of Aedes and Anopheles mosquitoes and leveraging these tools to understand the internal and external drivers of mosquito behaviours that are relevant to pathogen transmission.

 

Education

2014: PhD Behavioural ecology, individual-based modelling, Bournemouth University

2010: MRes Science of the Environment/ Bioinformatics, Lancaster University

2007: BSc (Hons.) Biology, University of Dundee

 

Research Experience

Since March 2020 Post-doctoral researcher, CRI, Universite de Paris/Institut Pasteur working on the Bites, Blood & Behaviour project to understand mosquito blood-feeding behaviour through the development of videography, machine vision and machine learning bioassays.

2019-2020 Consultancy/Project manager, IVCC/LSTM helping manage UK DFID funded vector control development projects in association with several international research institutions.

2015-2019 Post-doctoral Research Associate, LSTM Describing mosquito behaviour and insecticide resistance around LLINs through videography-based behavioural experiments and field assays to assess current LLIN designs and prototype novel bednets.

2014-2015 Research analyst, Bournemouth University Students Union Curation of quantitative and qualitative data for internal university decision making.

 

Awards

2017 Medical Research Council CiC Award (£33,127) (Lead applicant) Confidence in Concepts for Agent-based model of mosquito behaviour.

 

Training and personal Development

(2019) Proposal Writing Workshop (MRC/AREF)

(2019) Co-organiser: Equality in Science Conference

(2018) Introduction to Project Management (Royal Society of Biology)

(2017) Professional Certificate in Supporting Learning (SEDA) programme

(2016) Good Clinical Practice for clinical research and Research Ethics Accreditation

(2016) STEM Ambassador training (All About STEM)

Recent Publications

Vitaly V, Christian K, Chandrabhan S, Murray GPD, Guy A, Towers CE, McCall PJ and Towers, DP, (2020) Diffuse retro-reflective imaging for improved video tracking of mosquitoes at human baited bednets. The Royal Society Open Science, Vol 7, Issue 191951. (https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.191951)

Jones J, Murray GPD, McCall PJ, (2020) A minimal 3D model of mosquito flight behavior around the human baited bed net. bioRxiv 2020.01.21.913608. (https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.01.21.913608)

Murray GPD, et al. (2019) Barrier bednets target malaria vectors and expand the range of usable insecticides. Nature Microbiol. (doi:10.1038/s41564-019-0607-2)