Roksana Wilson

PhD Researcher

I graduated from the University of Manchester with an MSci in Zoology in 2018. Throughout my degree I have completed a number of entomological projects, including: flower scent preferences in horseflies and hoverflies, crop rotation and carabid beetle diversity, the effects of red and blue LEDs on pollinator ability, and a Masters on the evolution and spread of human blood preference in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Though I am a fan of all insects, I am particularly interested in vectors. My PhD is supervised by Gareth Jones and Andrew Wakefield, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Integral LED, and in collaboration with the University of Ghana. I aim to design an LED that attracts fewer vector species (particularly Anopheles gambiae) than conventional house lights so people living in malaria zones will have reduced contact with these insects.