Janet Hemingway

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Janet Hemingway
Fields insect vectors of disease; insecticide resistance

Janet Hemingway, CBE FRS FMedSci FRCP, is a British parasitologist, and Professor of Insect Molecular Biology at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM). She is also Director of LSTM, Chief Executive Officer of the Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC)[1] (funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), and International Director of the Joint Centre for Infectious Diseases Research, Jezan, Saudi Arabia.


Hemingway initially trained as a geneticist and has 30 years of experience working on the biochemistry and molecular biology of specific enzyme systems associated with xenobiotic resistance. She is distinguished as an international authority on insecticide resistance in insect vectors of disease, most notably the malaria-transmitting mosquito. She was the first to report co-amplification of multiple genes on a single amplicon,[2] and to demonstrate their impact on disease transmission.[3] Her studies on resistance management have transformed the use of insecticides by disease control programmes. Her promotion of evidence-based monitoring and evaluation strategies for insecticide resistance has guided and improved international policy on vector control strategies for Onchocerciasis, Malaria and other vector-borne diseases. Her rigorous scientific approach to resistance analysis has contributed to a greater understanding of insecticide resistance, its impact and its spread through populations of insect vectors.

Hemingway's research is based at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, the oldest school of tropical medicine in the world. The school has about 360 staff based in Liverpool, Malawi and several other tropical locations. Upon receiving her CBE, Hemingway commented: “I am delighted to receive this honour, which also reflects upon the great teams of people I have worked with over the years, as things are never down to one individual."[4]

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  1. ^ "Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC)". 
  2. ^ Vaughan, A; Hawkes, N; Hemingway, J (Jul 15, 1997). "Co-amplification explains linkage disequilibrium of two mosquito esterase genes in insecticide-resistant Culex quinquefasciatus.". The Biochemical journal. 325 ( Pt 2): 359–65. PMID 9230114. 
  3. ^ McCarroll, L; Hemingway, J (October 2002). "Can insecticide resistance status affect parasite transmission in mosquitoes?". Insect biochemistry and molecular biology 32 (10): 1345–51. PMID 12225925. 
  4. ^ "Queen’s Birthday Honour for the Director of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine". Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Professor Janet Hemingway FRS". Retrieved 11 October 2013.