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Dr Georgette Kluiters BSc Hons VetSci. MSc. PhD.

BBSRC Future Leader Fellow Epidemiology and Population Health

About

Personal Statement

A veterinary epidemiologist and entomologist specialising in the biology and control of insect vectors of livestock diseases.

Currently a BBSRC Future Leader Fellow determining the effect of a parasitic worm on the life history characteristics, vector competence and survival of insects that transmit economically important viruses to livestock - thereby assessing their potential as biological control agents.

Georgette has a strong veterinary science background with a PhD in veterinary epidemiology and entomology, more specifically in relation to the livestock disease bluetongue, and its midge vectors. Experienced in designing and undertaking field-studies on disease vectors, including their ecology, flight dynamics and feeding behaviour as well as both morphological and molecular identification of these insects and their blood meals.

She previously worked as a postdoctoral research associate on a BBSRC-funded project which aimed to improve projections for the future of bluetongue and its vectors under scenarios of climate and environmental change. Here, she led on the field and laboratory aspects of the project, devising and undertaking field-trapping of bluetongue vectors, as well as establishing species-level and blood-meal PCR techniques at the University.

In 2012 she was I was awarded a competitive BBSRC-funded Policy Placement within the Research Service at the National Assembly for Wales. The Research Service provides an impartial enquiry service for all Assembly Members, research briefings to support Assembly Members in committee and in the scrutiny of legislation and policy, as well as proactive research outputs to help contribute to open and well informed debate. She was responsible for completing enquiries from Assembly Members connected with constituency work as well as Plenary or committee business; producing research briefings to support the functioning of three of the Assembly’s Scrutiny Committees; producing information to support the consideration of legislation by the Committees, consideration of the Welsh Government’s marine policy by the Environment and Sustainability Committee, and a variety of work on current petitions within the Petitions Committee; producing pro-active outputs: research notes, quick guides and research papers to inform public policy debates in Wales.

Georgette first joined the Lucinda (Liverpool University Climate and Infectious Diseases of Animals) Group in 1999 as a PhD student, under the supervision of Professor Matthew Baylis and Dr Jon Read. She completed her PhD on 'Determining and Modelling the Bluetongue Vector Landscape' in 2013.

Prior to this, Georgette had been employed at the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket, where she was involved in the development and day-to-day running of the first nationwide surveillance scheme for a for Equine Grass Sickness in the UK, fully funded by The Horse Trust.

She was also employed by the Swiss Federal Veterinary Office, Berne, Switzerland, to investigate the spatial distribution of cases and surveillance undertaken for bluetongue within Switzerland.

Georgette graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London, in 2007 with a BSc (Hons) in Veterinary Science, and again in 2008 with an MSc in the Control of Infectious Diseases in Animals.

Prizes or Honours

  • Allan Downie Prize (University of Liverpool, 2013)
  • Best Poster Presentation (PRISM, 2009)

Funded Fellowships

  • BBSRC Policy Placement (Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), 2012)