Mosquito-borne pathogens and their vectors (2022)

Course description

The aim of this NDPIA course is to provide an in depth understanding of pathogen-vector interaction and transmission dynamics of mosquito-borne pathogen. It will provide better understanding of mosquitoes as vectors of arboviruses and parasites most of which are zoonotic in nature and affect both humans and animals. The course will include various aspects of the mosquito vector including; ecology, biology, population genetics, competence, capacity and how these factors influence transmission to the susceptible host. The course will also cover vector surveillance, identification, diagnostics, prevention and control, as well as application of high-throughput sequencing platforms in virus discovery.

Suggested ECTS:
1.5 ECTS. This must be discussed with your University. You will receive a certificate stating the suggested ECTS, your attendance and the workload.

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Deadline for registration: April 30, 2022

Target audience

PhD students and postdocs (and master students) in the field of medicine, microbiology, virology, entomology, veterinaries, immunology, ecology, etc.

At the end of the course the participants should be able to;

  1. Understand mosquito biology in relation to mosquito-borne pathogen transmission
  2. Sample mosquitoes in different developmental stages and understand how mosquitoes are morphologically identified.
  3. To explore different approaches in mosquito identification for example genetic identification of mosquitoes especially sibling- or cryptic species using a barcoding approach.
  4. Know how to screen mosquitoes for diverse viruses
  5. Understand the concepts of laboratory colonization of mosquitoes
  6. Understand vector competence, virus-vector-host interaction and transmission dynamics of arthropod-borne viruses.
  7. Understand the application of high-throughput sequencing in the detection and characterization of mosquito-borne pathogens
  8. Know about vector control, surveillance, detection, remote sensing and response system for emerging mosquito-borne viral diseases

Responsible Person

Olivia Wesula Lwande,, +46 702476884
Department of Clinical Microbiology, Section for Virology, Umeå University


Lecture hall: Minor Groove
Group discussions/Fika: Open space adjacent to the Minor- and Major groove
Laboratory: White Lab
Oliver Billker’s mosquito laboratory: Building 6L
Insectary located: Building 6F
Field-work: Umeå

Suggested accommodation

Hotell Björken (Lasarettsbacken 10, 907 46 Umeå)

How to take the course:

NDPIA members: can register below and have priority to attend the course (registered persons will be admitted when at least 10 persons have registered to the course). Please also indicate if you would like NDPIA co-funding for travel and accommodation costs (not for participants at Umeå University).

Read more on how to apply for co-funding here.

Non-NDPIA members: please register as a member or associate member here, log in and then return to this page to register for the course below.

IBA members: please fill out the registration form below and choose “IBA member” under Membership status.

Please contact if you have any questions about this course or the membership.


Bookings are closed for this event.