Zachary Stavrou-Dowd

Research Technician

I graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2012 with a BSc in Pharmacology. The following year I completed an MRes investigating the role of deubiquitin enzymes in the replication of Alphaviruses. I joined LSTM to undertake an MSc in Biology and Control of Parasites and Disease Vectors in 2016. During my MSc, I completed a project with the Ranson group examining how insecticide resistance in Anopheles gambiae and Aedes aegypti altered the efficacy of the spatial repellent transfluthrin.

I joined the Liverpool Insect Testing Establishment (LITE) in 2019, a GLP facility at LSTM. Whilst at LITE my primary role involved rearing mosquitoes and performing bioassays to determine resistance to new and repurposed insecticides.

I currently work in the lab of Dr Alvaro Acosta-Serrano on a project looking at how HPPD inhibitors can be used as potential insecticides. This work is primarily focused on Anopheles mosquitoes but with the use of tsetse. it furthers the work already carried out by the group.


Jean Clayton Award (2021) (with Clair Rose) - Six feet under: evaluating a novel mosquitocidal compound using the tarsal assay (£2,213) Rosetrees Trust Seedcorn Award (2022) (with Clair Rose and Lee Haines) - Repurposing the beta-triketones for malaria control (£9,910)