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Martina Ferraguti

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My name is Martina and I was born in Rome on 4 June 1987. I was graduated in Biological Sciences at the University of Roma Tre, with specialization in Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management in 2011.

Throughout the university career I have awarded with two grants in the LLP Programme / Erasmus and Erasmus Student Placement. In the latest, I started my research career in the field of the Ecology of Parasitism. My research interests focused on the study of the transmission dynamics of avian malaria pathogens. I improved my experience on the use of analytical techniques, including molecular analysis techniques, to identify both blood parasites and insect vectors such as Mosquitoes and Culicoides.

In July 2012, I finished an Official Master of II level in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology at the Pablo de Olavide University in Seville and I am currently in the second year of my PhD Thesis thanks a FPU grant. In my project, titled “Effect of biodiversity on the circulation of both pathogens transmitted by mosquitoes: West Nile Virus and Malaria Parasite”, I want to investigate the role of Biodiversity on the

transmission ecology of two avian pathogens transmitted by mosquitoes: West Nile virus (WNV) and the Malaria Parasite. I will study the spatial and temporal dynamics of mosquitoes and the incidence of pathogens in the avian host species model, the house sparrow (Passer domesticus) in natural, rural and urban habitats in provinces of Seville, Huelva and Cadiz.



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