Thomas Jaenson

Professor emeritus at Department of Organismal Biology, Systematic Biology

+46-70 4250510
Visiting address:
Evolutionsbiologiskt centrum, Norbyv. 18D
75236 Uppsala
Postal address:
Norbyv. 18D
75236 Uppsala

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Min forskning har tonvikten på vektorekologin hos fästingarna Ixodes ricinus och Ixodes persulcatus samt epidemiologin rörande de fästingöverförda humanpatogenerna TBE-viruset och Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato.

Inom VectorNet-projektet, som finansieras av ECDC och EFSA, kartlägger och undersöker jag hur de europeiska fästingarternas geografiska utbredningsområden förändras och vilka faktorer som orsakar förändringarna.

Keywords: thomas jaenson thomas g t jaenson vektorbiologi fästing fästingöverförda sjukdomar borrelia lyme disease tbe fästingöverförd hjärninflammation tbe-virus tick-borne encephalitis virus medicinsk entomologi vector biology medical entomology tick tick-borne infections

  • Professor of Medical Entomology at Uppsala University (appointed 2003).
  • Docent/Associate Professor in Entomology (Uppsala University, 1980).
·PhD in Entomology (Uppsala University, 1978). ·Diploma in Tropical Medicine (Karolinska Institute, 1974). ·One-year training in Aid-and-Disaster-Assistance and Relief Management (Bistånds- och katastroftjänstutbildning, Sida & Socialstyrelsen, Sandöskolan, 1973-1974).
  • BSc in Biology, Biochemistry and Environmental Science (Gothenburg University, 1972).

Present position and assignments:

Professor in Biology, especially Medical Entomology, Uppsala University.

In September 2014 I was selected by Avia-GIS, ECDC and EFSA to become one of five European experts on ticks and tick-borne infections. This group of scientists constitute the Tick Consortium of VectorNet funded by ECDC and EFSA. I am also a Registered Consultant Expert in Medical Entomology and Parasitology to Uppsala University Hospital’s Laboratory of Clinical Microbiology. In 2013 I was nominated to become a Member of the Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed journal Ticks & Tick-borne Diseases.

Previous assignments:

I have directed two large-scale disease control projects (trypanosomiasis and control of malaria by impregnated bed-nets) in Guinea-Bissau during 1986-1990 and 1990-1999, respectively. During 2009-2010 I was engaged as an expert to EFSA's (European Food Safety Authority) Scientific Working Group of Experts on “Ticks as Vectors of African Swine Fever and Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever” and “Geographic Distribution of Tick-borne Infections and their Vectors in Europe and the other Regions of the Mediterranean Basin. In 2010 I was asked to become a member of ECDC's (European Centre for Disease Control) VBORNET (European Network for Arthropod Vector Surveillance for Human Public Health). I am one of the twelve members (November 2011) of the Ecological Risk and Prevention (ERP) working group of the recently established European Study Group for Lyme Borreliosis (ESGBOR). Expert consultant to the World Health Organization, WHO and IAEA: to evaluate the potential for malaria mosquito eradication by the sterile insect technique (SIT) on Mauritius. FAO/IAEA Consultant to evaluate the potential for eradication of the tsetse fly Glossina pallidipes by the SIT in Ruma National Park, Kenya.

During the 1990s I was Sweden's representative to EUCALB (EU Concerted Action on Lyme Borreliosis). Member of the Expert Committees reviewing the problem with head lice and evaluating methods for control of head lice and reviewing methods for control of ticks and treatment of Lyme borreliosis for the Swedish Medical Products Agency (Läkemedelsverket).

Co-Editor of Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata during 1982-1988. During the 1970s and 1980s I carried out short-term scientific missions regarding control of vectors of human diseases, for the WHO, IAEA, FAO and SIDA. During 1979-1981 I was employed as a Research Scientist (P2) at United Nations Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Atomic Energy in Food and Agriculture, Dept. Entomology, Seibersdorf/Vienna, Austria.

Project leader T. Jaenson:

2013-2023: The importance of roe deer as tick producers and as drivers of tick-borne disease in humans on the Baltic islands Gotland and Öland: (Several funding agencies incl. Magnus Bergvalls, Längmanska, Carl Tryggers and Helge Ax:son Johnsons foundations).

2008-2013: The influence of climate change on the ecology of Ixodes ricinus and tick-borne pathogens. (Several funding agencies incl. Magnus Bergvalls, Längmanska, Carl Tryggers and Helge Ax:son Johnsons foundations).

2006-2010: Plant-derived repellents and insecticides in Laos: (Sida/Sarec).

2000-2008: Plants and plant-derived chemicals for control of blood-feeding arthropods: (Sida/Sarec & SJFR/Formas).

1999-2002: Population biology/parasitology (NFR & Sida/Sarec).

1995-1998: Ecology of ticks and tick-borne infections in West Africa: (Sarec)

1994-1995: Vector biology/medical entomology: (NFR).

1993-1999: Control of Anopheles and malaria in Guinea Bissau: (SMI & Sarec).

1993-1994: Vector biology/medical entomology: (NFR).

1982-1992: Medical entomology/vector biology: (NFR & Sarec).

External peer reviewer for several international scientific journals incl. JAMA, J. Med. Entomol., Med.Vet.Entomol., Parasitology, Int. J. Parasitol., J. Parasitol., Parasites & Vectors, Acta Pathol. Microbiol. Immunol. Scand., Acta Tropica, Ecol. Entomol., Oikos, Ambio, Can. J. Zool., Bull.Entomol.Res., J. Infect. Dis.,Vector-Borne & Zoonotic Dis., Parasitology Today, Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases, Veterinary Parasitology, Entomol. Tidskr., Norw. J. Entomol., PLOSONE and others.

External reviewer for universities and research councils incl. University of California at Berkeley, University College Dublin, The Wellcome Trust, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and Sida/Sarec.

Pedagogical skills: Many years' experience of university teaching in Medical Entomology, Tropical Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Uppsala University, Karolinska Institute at Solna and Huddinge, Stockholm, Veterinary Entomology at National Veterinary Institute, Uppsala and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala.

Course leader and main teacher at the evening course “Biology of Infections” during 2012 - 2014 and at the two-months full-time “Entomology - Insect Biology and Diversity” course 2007-2009. In 2010 - 2013 I was the course leader and principal teacher of the Entomology evening course, Uppsala University.

I am the author of more than 170 peer-reviewed scientific papers (listed on Google Scholar) and of 14 book chapters or books published 1974-2015.

Main supervisor for 14 PhD students and Main supervisor of 13 MSc students (All completed successfully their PhD and MSc studies, respectively).

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Thomas Jaenson