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Ephantus J Muturi
emuturi2
Email: emuturi2@illinois.edu
Title: Director of Medical Entomology
Mailing address:
1816 South Oak Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Office address:
Address mailcode: 652
Office room:
Location: Entomology Lab
Phone: 217-244-3410
  
Fax: 217-244-0802

Activities:
Conduct research on ecological interactions among container mosquitoes, including mosquito-virus interactions.
Research:
Competitive interactions between mosquito species, assessing the interactive effects of temperature and sublethal doses of insecticides on adult mosquito fitness and evaluating how larval environment influences vector competence for arboviruses
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INHS Publink: http://www.refworks.com/refshare/?site=023461151737200000/RWWS1AA1279669/029721159385033000&au=Muturi
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Education: PhD Entomology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MS, Parasitology, Kenyatta University, Kenya
Bed (Science), Botany and Zoology, Kenyatta University, Kenya
Lab name: MedEnt Lab research: I conduct research on ecological interactions among container mosquitoes, including mosquito-virus interactions. Specifically, I study how interaction of chemical contaminants (e.g. pesticides) with natural biotic (e.g. competition) and abiotic (e.g. temperature) stressors alters the outcome of inter- and intra-specific competition, and how this outcome modifies mosquito-virus interaction. I use container mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti, Aedes albopictus, Culex pipiens and Culex restuans and dengue and sindbis viruses as my model systems. Currently I am using malathion as the model pesticide because it is used widely around the world and is the most commonly used pesticide in the United States. It is predicted that pesticides may induce trait and density-mediated effects that may alter the pattern of disease transmission as well as interfere with vector control efforts. Lab publications: Lab current projects:

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