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Dr. Hanano Yamada (PhD)

Hanano Yamada


External Ph.D. Student

Office: IAEA-FAO, Seibersdorf, Austria





Curriculum Vitae


04/2018 - present                                      

Ph.D. at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen; Institute for Insect Biotechnology; Department of Insect Biotechnology in Plant Protection, Germany

03/2016 - present Entomologist at the International Atomic Energy Agency, Human Disease Vector Group, Insect Pest Control Laboratory, Joint FAO/IAEA Programme of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, Seibersdorf, Austria
01/2015 - 03/2016 Senior Scientist at MosquitoMate Inc.; 2520 Regency Road, Lexington, KY 40503, USA
2013 - 2015

Ph.D. at the University of the West Indies; Department of Life Sciences, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago

Thesis: 'The development and evaluation of an effective and reliable sex separation system for mass-reared mosquitoes for enhanced application of the sterile insect technique in integrated vector management programmes'

03/2010 - 05/2014 Entomologist at the International Atomic Energy Agency, Human Disease Vector Group; Insect Pest Control Laboratory, FAO/IAEA, Seibersdorf, Austria
2002 - 2003

MSc - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Dept. of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, Keppel Street, London, UK

Thesis: 'The potential for plant-based insect repellents to play a significant role in the control of vector-borne diseases'

1998 - 2001

BSc - University of Bristol; School of Medical Sciences, Dept. of Microbiology & Pathology, Bristol, UK


Ph.D. Project


“The effects of handling and treatment conditions during exposure to ionizing radiation on the reproductive biology of the human disease vectors Aedes aegypti, Ae. albopictus and Anopheles arabiensis, and the development and formulation of a standardized protocol for the irradiation of these insects in the frame of the sterile insect technique”

It has been the general consensus that both X-rays and gamma-rays will induce the same or similar effects in insects when exposed to the same dose, and that the same dose of radiation will produce comparable results no matter what type of irradiator is used for the exposure. It has also been assumed that the same species will have the same or similar radio sensitivity no matter the geographic location, or the number of generations it has been kept in colonization. However, there are increasing incidences of diverging results obtained by different researchers in terms of sterility in male mosquitoes induced by irradiation and their subsequent mating propensity. Thus, there is a need to investigate these discrepancies and identify significant variable parameters within the irradiation processes with the aim to develop optimal, standardized sterilization protocols in the frame of the sterile insect technique for the management of mosquitoes. 




Lobb LN, Munhenga G, Yamada H, Koekemoer LL. The effect of egg storage of laboratory rearedAnopheles arabiensis(Diptera: Culicidae) on egg hatch synchronisation, pupation success and time to pupation. Short communication, submitted to African Entomology

Culbert NJ, Balestrino F, Dor A, Herranz GS, Yamada H, Wallner T, Bouyer J. A rapid quality control test to foster the development of genetic control in mosquitoes. Scientific Reports 2018, 8:16179.

Mamai W, Lobb NL, Bimbile Somda NS, Maiga, H, Yamada H et al. Optimization of Mass-Rearing Methods for Anopheles arabiensis Larval Stages: Effects of Rearing Water Temperature and Larval Density on Mosquito Life-History Traits. J. Econ. Entomol. 2018, 111:2383-2390.

ZhangD, SunQ, ZhengX, GillesJRL, Yamada H, Wu Z, Xi Z, Wu Y. Establishment of a medium scale mosquito facility: II-Tests on mass production cage for Aedes albopictus(Diptera: Culicidae). Parasit Vectors. 2018 Mar 19;11(1):189

Bimbilé Somda NS, Dabiré KR, Maiga H, Yamada H, Mamai W, Gniankini O, Diabaté A, Sanon A, Bouyer J, Gilles JRL. Optimal larval diet mixtures for mass rearing of Anopheles arabiensisPatton(Diptera: Culicidae)Parasites & Vectors 2017, 10:619.

Zhang D, Zhang M, Yu Wu; Gilles JRL, Yamada H, Wu Z, Xi Z, Zheng Xl. Establishment of a medium scale mosquito facility: I-Optimization of the larval mass rearing unit for Aedes albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae). Parasites & Vectors 2017, 10:569

de Beer CJ; Moyaba P; Boikanyo SNB; Majatladi D; Yamada H; Venter GJ; Vreysen MJB. Evaluation of Radiation Sensitivity and Mating Performance of Glossina brevipalpis Males. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2017, 11(3): e0005473

Maïga H, Bimbilé-Somda NS, Yamada H, Wood O, Damiens, D, Mamai W, Balestrino F, Lees RS, Dabiré RK, Diabaté RK, J.R.L. Gilles. Enhancements to the mass rearing cage for the malaria vector, Anopheles arabiensis for improved adult longevity and egg production. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 2017, 164: 269–275

Soma DD, Maïga H, Wadaka M, Bimbile-Somda SN, Venter C, Ali AB, Yamada H, Diabaté A, Fournet F, Lees RS, Dabiré RK, JRL Gilles.  Effect of mass rearing conditions on mosquito life history traits and mating competitiveness of sterile male Anopheles arabiensis in semi-field cages.Malar J 2017, 16:357

Zheng M-L, Zhang D-J; Damiens DD, Yamada H, Gilles JRL. Standard operation procedures for standardized mass rearing of the dengue and chikungunya vectors Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae)- I - Egg Quantification. Parasites & Vectors 2015, 8:42

Yamada H, MJB Vreysen, K Bourtzis, W. Tschirk, D. Chadee, and JRL Gilles. The Anopheles arabiensis genetic sexing strain ANO IPCL1 and its application potential for the sterile insect technique in integrated vector management programmes. Acta Tropica 2015, 142:138-144

Yamada H, MJB Vreysen, J Gilles, and D Damiens. Evaluation of the competitiveness of radio-sterilised males against wild-type males of the species Anopheles arabiensis genetic sexing strain “ANO IPCL1” in semi-field cages. Malaria Journal 2014,13:318

NDO C, H Yamada, DD Damiens, N’DO, JRL Gilles. X-ray sterilization of An. arabiensis at pupal and adult stages. Acta Tropica 2013, 131:124-128

Yamada H, AG Parker, CF Oliva, F Balestrino, JRL Gilles. X-Ray induced sterility in Aedes albopictus. J. Med. Entomol. 2014, 51: 811-816

Yamada H, SM Soliban, MJB Vreysen, DD Chadee, JRL Gilles. Eliminating female Anopheles arabiensis by spiking blood meals with toxicants as a sex separation method in the context of the sterile insect technique. Parasites & Vectors 2013, 6:197

Yamada H, Z Jandric, S Chhem-Kieth, MJB Vreysen, MN Rathor, JRL Gilles, A CannavanAnopheles arabiensis egg treatment with dieldrin for sex separation leaves residues in male adult mosquitoes that can bioaccumulate in goldfish (Carassius auratus auratus). Environ Toxicol Chem. 2013, 32(12):2786-91

Yamada H, MQ Benedict, CA Malcolm, CF Oliva, SM Soliban, and Gilles JRL. Genetic sex separation of the malaria vector, Anopheles arabiensis, by exposing eggs to dieldrin. Malar. J 2012, 11:208

McKechnie NM, W Guerr, H Yamada, D Copland, and G Braun. Antigenic Mimicry: Onchocerca volvulus antigen-specific T cells and ocular inflammation. Invest Ophthalm Vis Sci. 2002 Feb;43(2):411-8


Talks & Presentations

77th Annual American Mosquito Control Association conference, Annaheim, CA. 2011. Oral presentation: “The potential of using the Sterile Insect Technique as part of the integrated management of mosquito-borne diseases”

79th Annual American Mosquito Control Association conference, Atlantic City, NJ. 2013. Oral presentation: "Feasibility of eliminating female mosquitoes by spiking blood meals for male-only releases in the context of the sterile insect technique" 

79th Annual American Mosquito Control Association conference, Atlantic City, NJ. 2013.Poster presentation: "X-Ray induced sterility in Aedes albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae) and male longevity following irradiation"

FAO/IAEA Coordinated Research Project Meeting on Exploring Genetic, Molecular, Mechanical and Behavioural Methods of Sex Separation in Mosquitoes.2013. Oral presentation: “Spiking bloodmeals for the elimination of female An. arabiensis from release material”. 

82th Annual American Mosquito Control Association conference, Savannah, GA. 2016. Oral presentation: "Efficient mosquito rearing for autocidal approaches to control invasive container breeding mosquitoes"

TC Interregional & Regional Latin America Meeting, “Sterile insect technique-based approaches to control mosquito vectors that transmit Zika, and other diseases”

25th International Congress of Entomology, Orlando, FL. 2016. Oral presentation: “Sterile insect technique-based approaches to control mosquito vectors that transmit Zika, Dengue, and other diseases” 

84th Annual American Mosquito Control Association conference, Orlando, FL. 2019. Oral presentation: “New developments in the use of the sterile insect technique (SIT) against mosquitoes”

Teaching & Training

12/2010, 2/2013 -Expert Mission: Investigating the Use of the Sterile Insect Technique for Controlling Mosquitoes in Northern Sudan, Khartoum/Dongola, Sudan

2/2012--Expert Mission: Assessing the Sterile Insect Technique for Malaria Mosquitoes in a South African Setting 

7/2016 - Meeting; SIT for Aedes mosquito control as vector of human pathogens, particularly Zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean(Regional Latin America & Caribbean project, Tapachula, Mexico)

7/2016 - Using the SIT to control Dengue Vectors(Mexico national project, program review)

7/2016 - Coordination Meeting: Sharing knowledge on the SIT and related techniques for the integrated area-wide management of insect pests and human disease vectors (interregional project)

8/2016 - Expert Mission: Promoting the sharing of expertise and infrastructure for Dengue vector surveillance towards integration of the SIT with conventional control methods among South and SE Asian countries:(Kyaukse, Myanmar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

11/2016 - Regional Training Course “Methods for the Various Components of the SIT Package for the Control of Mosquito Disease Vectors of Zika” Moscamed Facility, Juazeiro, Brazil