Dr. Penelope Hancock

Postdoctoral Researcher Team: Mosquito modelling and zoonotic malaria


Penny is a mathematical biologist interested in the ecology, evolution and epidemiology of mosquito-borne disease systems. Her current work explores the spread of insecticide resistance in mosquito vectors of malaria, aiming to quantify spatio-temporal trends across Africa and other affected regions. She is also investigating potential environmental drivers of selection for insecticide resistance, and how rising insecticide resistance may affect malaria prevalence. Another area of research is the study of invasion dynamics of Wolbachia bacteria in mosquito vectors of arboviruses such as the dengue and Zika viruses. Developing mathematical models of Wolbachia field releases should to inform biocontrol strategies that use Wolbachia to limit arbovirus transmission to humans. These models incorporate interactions between mosquito demography and Wolbachia spread.

Selected Biography

URLDOIHancock PA., Wiebe A., Gleave KA., Bhatt S., Cameron E., Trett A., Weetman D., Smith DL., Hemingway J., Coleman M., Gething PW., Moyes CL.,

Associated patterns of insecticide resistance in field populations of malaria vectors across Africa

PNAS. May 2018 115(23): 5938-5943.
URLDOIHancock PA., White VL., Ritchie SA., Hoffmann AA., Godfray HCJ.,

Predicting Wolbachia invasion dynamics in Aedes aegypti populations using models of density-dependent demographic traits

BMC Biology. November 2016 14(1): 96.
URLDOIHancock PA., Rehman Y., Hall IM., Edeghere O., Danon L., House TA., Keeling MJ.,

Strategies for controlling non-transmissible infection outbreaks using a large human movement data set

PLoS Computational Biology. September 2014 10(9): e1003809.
URLDOIHancock PA., Sinkins SP., Godfray HCJ.,

Population dynamic models of the spread of Wolbachia

The American Naturalist. March 2011 177(3): 323-333.