Luciano Moreira

Luciano Moreira

Senior researcher

Fiocruz / World Mosquito Program

Biography

Dr Moreira has been working with insects since his undergraduate studies. Firstly, with agricultural pests, he then switched to mosquitoes that transmit malaria, during his first post-doc at Case Western Reserve University with Dr. Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena, working on transgenic mosquitoes, expressing anti-malarial peptides.

In 2002, he got a permanent position at Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz), in Brazil, and started working with transgenic mosquitoes, bird malaria and some aspects of neotropical Anopheline mosquitoes. In 2008, he joined Dr. Scott O’Neill’s laboratory, for a sabbatical, at the University of Queensland, Australia. There they discovered the ability of Wolbachia to block dengue virus in Aedes mosquitoes, promoting the creation the Eliminate Dengue: Our Challenge and now World Mosquito Program.

In Brazil, he is the Leading Scientist for this Program, working today in several localities in the state of Rio de Janeiro, which involves social work for community engagement, entomology, molecular biology and field trials. His group discovered the ability of Wolbachia to block Zika virus and, more recently, to Mayaro virus.