The External Scientific Advisory Committee (ESAC) for DMC-MALVEC has been formed to provide independent technical advice, assess the quality of the activities and help in assessing the progress of the project’s proposed activities. The committee consists of:
-Dr. Lizette Koekemoer, head of the Vector Control Reference Unit (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa) and expert on mosquito vector control and insecticide resistance.
Dr. Koekomer started her scientific career in mosquito vector control after she graduated with a BSc (Hons) in 1995. She graduated with her PhD in 1999 and continued her research interest in molecular systematics. This interest was later expanded to include insecticide resistance and the molecular mechanisms responsible for resistance. After realising the extent of insecticide resistance and the threat to malaria transmission, her research interests widened to include the development of additional vector control tools or interventions, e.g. entomopathogenic fungi and the sterile insect technique. This in turn led to her interest in the novel fields of research on male mosquitoes and transmission blocking studies.
-Additional members to be announced shorty.