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Olivia Wesula Luande

My research focuses on the virus-mosquito and mosquito-host interactions. Now, I have my own research group and I am passionate about research, teaching and mentorship.

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6F och 6M, Universitetssjukhuset by 6 o 24 Umeå universitet, 901 85 Umeå

I study how different mosquito-borne viruses are able to be transmitted within the mosquito and their subsequent spread to respective hosts. This involves determining how good the virus is in infecting and be transmitted from that mosquito to a susceptible host. This could for instance depend on the gut flora of the mosquito. I also investigate the maintenance of virus in nature by amplifying hosts for example birds, humans and livestock. The data gained from this study provides useful information for understanding the epidemiology, prevention, and control of mosquito-borne diseases.

In Sweden, I am investigating the capability of native Swedish mosquitoes to transmit potentially emerging viruses for example West Nile virus, whose amplifying hosts are birds. To achieve this, I am currently studying virus infections in mosquitoes and birds in Sweden. I am also performing experimental infection and determining whether wild-caught native Culex mosquitoes in Sweden can transmit these viruses. The results will be applicable in targeted vector control not only in Sweden but also in other countries.

Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Frontiers Media S.A. 2022, Vol. 10
de Garine-Wichatitsky, Michel; Lwande, Olivia Wesula; Fountain-Jones, Nicholas M.; et al.
Viruses, MDPI 2022, Vol. 14, (3)
Lwande, Olivia Wesula; Thalin, Therese; de Jong, Johnny; et al.
Viruses, MDPI 2021, Vol. 13, (6)
Meheretu, Yonas; Granberg, Åsa; Berhane, Gebregiorgis; et al.
Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, Mary Ann Liebert 2021, Vol. 21, (10) : 731-746
Näslund, Jonas; Ahlm, Clas; Islam, Md. Koushikul; et al.
Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, Mary Ann Liebert 2021, Vol. 21, (10) : 809-816
Obanda, Vincent; Agwanda, Bernard; Blanco-Penedo, Isabel; et al.
Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Frontiers Media S.A. 2021, Vol. 9
Obanda, Vincent; Otieno, Viola A.; Kingori, Edward M.; et al.
Virology Journal, BioMed Central 2020, Vol. 17, (1)
Lwande, Olivia Wesula; Mohamed, Nahla; Bucht, Göran; et al.
Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, Vol. 20, (2) : 71-81
Lwande, Olivia Wesula; Obanda, Vincent; Lindstrom, Anders; et al.
Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, Mary Ann Liebert 2019, Vol. 19, (2) : 128-133
Lwande, Olivia Wesula; Näslund, Jonas; Lundmark, Eva; et al.
Virology Journal, BIOMED CENTRAL LTD 2018, Vol. 15 : 1-7
Bystrom, Julia Wigren; Näslund, Jonas; Trulsson, Fredrik; et al.
Data in Brief, Elsevier 2018, Vol. 16 : 762-770
Mosomtai, Gladys; Evander, Magnus; Mundia, Charles; et al.
Virology Journal, Vol. 14
Lwande, Olivia Wesula; Bucht, Goran; Ahlm, Clas; et al.
PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE 2017, Vol. 11, (2)
Sang, Rosemary; Arum, Samwel; Chepkorir, Edith; et al.
Infectious Diseases Hub
Wesula Lwande, Olivia; Bucht, Göran; Ahlm, Clas; et al.
American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Vol. 94, (5) : 1103-1106
Evander, Magnus; Putkuri, Niina; Eliasson, Mats; et al.
Journal of Wildlife Diseases, Vol. 52, (3) : 599-608
Obanda, Vincent; Michuki, George; Jowers, Michael J.; et al.
Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, Vol. 16, (7) : 461-467
Tingström, Olov; Lwande, Olivia Wesula; Naslund, Jonas; et al.
Infection Ecology & Epidemiology, Vol. 5, (1)
Lwande, Olivia Wesula; Obanda, Vincent; Bucht, Göran; et al.
Infection Ecology & Epidemiology, Vol. 5
Lwande, Olivia Wesula; Paul, George Omondi; Chiyo, Patrick I.; et al.
Rusanganwa, Vincent; Lwande, Olivia W.; Bainda, Brenda; et al.

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Olivia Wesula Lwande lab

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