CANCELLED: Mosquito-borne pathogens and their vectors

The NDPIA have decided to cancel this year’s course in Mosquito-borne pathogens and their vectors. The course is planned to be given next year instead. More information about that will be posted.

The aim of this 2 ECTS 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.

Click here to see a preliminary programme

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. Know how mosquitoes are genetically identified 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

Lecture hall: X (to be confirmed)
Group discussions/Fika: Close to X (to be confirmed)
Laboratory: White Lab
Oliver Billker’s mosquito laboratory: Building 6L
Field-work: Lilltuvan

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

There will be an oral course examination in the form of group discussion based on the course aims.

Course leader
Dr. Olivia Wesula Lwande (
Department of Clinical Microbiology, Unit of Virology
Umeå University
Phone: +46 702476884

Registration deadline: May 15th 2020

Suggested accommodationHotell 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).

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.

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


This event is fully booked.