Vector Ecology and Environment

Our research interests include any thing from ecology to molecular biology of medically important arthropods, particularly mosquitoes that transmit pathogens such as Malaria parasites and dengue virus in Africa and Southeast Asia. We are also interested in their relationships with environmental variables and development of environmentally friendly vector control tools.


Noboru Minakawa
Assistant Professor
Toshihiko Sunahara
Assistant Professor
Kyoko Futami
Chiaki Tsurukawa
Naomi Sano
Junko Sakemoto
Graduate Student
Huynh Thi Thuy Trang
Graduate Student
Yang Chao
Graduate Student
Nayu Sukehiro
Graduate Student
Yasue Morimoto


Currently, we are analyzing the population genetic structures of Aedes aegypti in Africa. This study has already revealed that the genetic structures of mosquito populations in dengue fever endemic areas are distinct. We are also working on the genetic structure of the Ae.aegypti populations population that was introduced in Mozambique in the recent years. This study will reveal its origin and introduction pathway.
For reducing malaria risk, we are evaluating the effectiveness of new insecticides and tools in Kenya and Malawi. We are also developing malaria parasite transmission models and COVID-19 transmission models.

Recent main research achievement

  1. Huynh et al. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2022;16(1):e0010119.
  2. Kawada et al. Jpn J Environ Entomol Zool 2021;31(3):99-103.
  3. Yang et al. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2021;15(10):e0009827.
  4. Kawada et al. Jpn J Infect Dis 2021;doi:10.7883/Yoken JJID.2021.584.
  5. Minakawa et al. Am J Trop Med Hyg 2021;105(2):461-471.

Achievement list