How insects spread viruses – Anthony Wilson, Pirbright Institute
Outbreaks of insect-borne diseases like Zika are seemingly on the rise. What makes insect-borne diseases special, why are they emerging at the moment and what can we do about it?
Anthony leads the Integrative Entomology group at The Pirbright Institute in the UK, studying the ability of insects (particularly mosquitoes) and ticks to transmit viruses and how this is affected by the environment. He has acted as a scientific expert on vector-borne disease emergence for the European Food Safety Authority, Defra, and the Global Strategic Alliances for the Coordination of Research on the Major Infectious Diseases of Animals and Zoonoses (STAR-IDAZ) and is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society. He is also a core member of Pirbright’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee and sits on the national panel for the Athena SWAN Charter awards, which recognize employer commitments to gender equality