Dr. Paaijmans holds an MSc degree in Biology (2002) and a PhD degree in Medical Entomology (2008) offered by Wageningen University. In Wageningen, he worked at the Laboratory of Entomology and The Department of Meteorology and Air Quality, and studied the relationship between climatic variables and mosquito population dynamics in western Kenya.
During his postdoctoral studies at the Department of Entomology and the Center for Infectious Diseases Dynamics (CIDD) at The Pennsylvania State University, he assessed how climate (and climate change) affects the ability of insect vectors to transmit infectious diseases such as malaria and dengue.
At ISGlobal, he continues his research on the ecology of vector-borne diseases, but is also involved in the development of new tools for the prevention of malaria transmission. In addition, he has restarted the entomological activities at the Manhiça Health Research Centre (CISM, Mozambique), where he is now heading the Entomology Platform.
Lines of research
- Climate (change) and vector-borne diseases
- Insecticide resistance in malaria vectors
- New tools for the prevention of malaria
- Malaria elimination entomological monitoring
- KD Glunt, AP Abílio, Q Bassat, H Bulo, AE Gilbert, S Huijben, MN Manaca, E Macete, P Alonso & KP Paaijmans (2015). Long-lasting insecticidal nets no longer effectively kill the highly resistant Anopheles funestus of southern Mozambique. Malaria Journal 14: 298
- KD Glunt, KP Paaijmans, AF Read & MB Thomas (2014). Environmental temperatures significantly change the impact of insecticides measured using WHOPES protocols. Malaria Journal 13: 350
- KD Glunt, JI Blanford & KP Paaijmans (2013). Chemicals, climate and control: Expanding the toolbox for malaria vector control by considering the local microclimate. PLoS Pathogens 9: e1003602.
- KP Paaijmans, RL Heinig, RA Seliga, JI Blanford, SB Blanford, CC Murdock & MB Thomas (2013). Temperature variation makes ectotherms more sensitive to climate change. Global Change Biology 19: 2373-2380.
- EA Mordecai, KP Paaijmans, LR Johnson, C Balzer, T Ben-Horin, E de Moor, A McNally, S Pawar, SJ Ryan, TC Smith & KD Lafferty (2013). Optimal temperature for malaria transmission is dramatically lower than previously predicted. Ecology Letters 16:22-30.