Dr. M. A. Miranda obtained his degree in Biology in 1994. He is Associate Professor of Zoology at the UIB since 1995. Currently, he teaches the subjects "Zoology I" and "Zoology II" and "Parasitology". He also participates in the Master of Biotechnology with the subject "Biotechnology applied for pest control". His scientific career began with the study of the parasitism of the pine processionary (Thaumetopoea pityocampa). From 1995 he started his PhD on the Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata) supervised by Dr. Ana Alemany Ferrą. He obtained his PhD degree in 1999 including the European mention for PhD. During years 1995, 1996 and 1997 he spent several months at the universities of Montevideo (Uruguay), San Salvador de Jujuy (Argentina) and Caxias do Sul (Brazil), researching on tobacco aphids, scale insects of citrus and termites respectively. In 1998 he stayed at the University of Southampton (UK) to carry out part of his PhD. From 2000 he started to work on the vectors of the genus Culicoides (Ceratopogonidae), transmitters of the bluetongue virus. The activity on those vectors has occupied much of his scientific research over the past 15 years, being member of several international committees. Research during the period 2000-2015 has also included other groups of vectors, such as ticks transmitters of bacteria, sandflies vectors of Leishmania infantum and especially mosquitoes, such as the Asian tiger mosquito Aedes albopictus. Similarly, he has also conducted extensive scientific work in the study of other insects of economic importance, such as Hymenoptera, which are parasitoids of plant pests, the red palm weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus); parasites of bees, such as Varroa destructor, and the parasite Oestrus ovis. From 2013-2014 he spent a year in Illinois (USA) in collaboration with the USDA for studying Culicoides vectors of the epizootic haemorrhagic disease of deers. Nowadays, he is part of the scientific committee of the Animal Health and Welfare Panel of the EFSA (European Food Safety Agency).
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