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Professor Amanda Callaghan

Molecular Ecotoxicology

University of Reading



Dr Amanda Callaghan received her PhD in Insect Biochemistry from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1989. She investigated biochemical mechanisms of resistance to insecticides in mosquitoes and went on to look at the underlying molecular basis of resistance as a Royal Society Science Exchange Fellow at Montpellier University, France. Since 1990 she has been based at the University of Reading, UK, where she is an Associate Professor in Molecular Ecotoxicology with over 70 refereed publications. Here she has studied the interaction between the genome and the environment and in particular, the interaction between toxic environments, changes in the genome and phenotypic effects. She has also been involved in the development of biochemical and molecular biomarkers in aquatic invertebrates, including chironomids and water fleas.

The main thrust of her current research is related to the ecology and control of British mosquitoes. Current projects include 'Biological control of the emerging UK mosquito problem' in collaboration with colleagues at Queens University Belfast, 'Impact of pond dyes' and 'Effect of microplastics on freshwater invertebrates'. A former Teaching and Learning Dean at the University of Reading, Amanda is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and also conducts pedagogical research. In addition to these roles, since 2005 Amanda has been the curator of the Cole Museum of Zoology, where she integrates her interest in zoological collections with her experience in pedagogy. Amanda is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and has produced material for the public understanding and appreciation of entomology.