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Professor Steve Lindsay, PhD, BSc

Professor in the Department of Biosciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41291
Fax: +44 (0)191 334 1201

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Professor Lindsay is a public health entomologist with a particular interest in the control of vector-borne diseases. He was part of the team that first showed that insecticide-treated bednets reduced mortality from malaria in children. Since then he has carried out clinical trials of house screening, larval source management, new generation insecticide-treated bednets, insecticide-treated bednets in combination with indoor residual spraying, and topical repellents. His current focus of research is on improvements to the built environment for the control of vector-borne diseases. He is a strong advocate of multi-sectoral action for vector control and has produced publications developing this approach for the control of vector borne diseases. Over the past 35 years he has have carried out field work in The Gambia, China, Ethiopia, Kenya, Laos PDR, Pakistan, Tanzania, Thailand and Uganda and published over 250 peer-reviewed papers, many in high impact journals. He was also a lead writer of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) ’Global Vector Control Response 2017-2030’, and the ’Toolkit for Integrated Vector Management for sub-Saharan Africa’. He was a member of WHO’s Vector Control Advisory Group and is presently a member of WHO’s Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Neglected Tropical Diseases. He has been a co-chair of the housing and malaria workstream of Roll Back Malaria, since its inception in 2014, and is currently co-director of the UKRI-funded BOVA (Building Out Vector-borne diseases in sub-Saharan Africa). More recently, he is studying how trained dogs could be used for detection of malaria and COVID-19 and is involved in a clinical trial of ’healthy houses’. He has an honorary chair in public health entomology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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Research Groups

Department of Biosciences

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Research Interests

  • Malaria vector control
  • Housing and malaria
  • Integrated vector control
  • Vector ecology and behaviour
  • Ecology of infectious diseases
  • Study design of field trials


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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Wildlife: insects of medical importance
  • Wildlife: malaria
  • Medical and health research topics: malaria control & epidemiology
  • Medical and health research topics: malaria & global warming