Clara Ocampo, PhD

Vector Biology and Control
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As Coordinator of the Vector Biology and Control group, my research interests center on generating knowledge about the biology and ecology of disease-transmitting insects, as well as on seeking an understanding of the molecular and biochemical mechanisms associated with vector competence and resistance to insecticides. Our studies have the overall goal of contributing to the development of new strategies for controlling transmission of diseases such as dengue, malaria and leishmaniasis.



  • B.Sc. in Biology, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia, 1990
  • M.Sc. in Biology, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia, 1994
  • Ph.D. in Parasitology, Department of Tropical Medicine, Tulane University, New, Orleans, USA, 2002



Ferro C;  Marín D; Góngora R; Carrasquilla MC; Trujillo JE; Rueda NK; Marín J; Valderrama C;  Alexander N; Pérez M; Munstermann LE; Ocampo CB. 2011. Phlebotomine vector ecology in the major outbreak recorded of American Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Colombia: Domestic transmission.  Am J Trop Med Hyg. 85(5):847-856

Jaramillo GI; Robledo PC; Mina NJ; Muñoz J; Ocampo CB. 2011. Comparison of the efficacy of long-lasting insecticidal nets PermaNet® 2.0 and Olyset® against Anopheles albimanus, under laboratory conditions (Phase I WHOPES). Mem Inst Oswaldo Cruz. 106(5):606-612

Mendenhall IH; Giraldo- Calderon G; Ocampo CB; Wesson D; Peccor JE. 2011. First record of culex (anoedioporpa) restrictor from Colombia. J Am Mosq Control Assoc. 27(2):148-148

Santaella J; Ocampo CB; Saravia NG; Méndez F; Góngora R; Gómez MA; Munstermann LE; Quinnell RJ. 2011. Leishmania (Viannia) infection in the domestic dog in Chaparral, Colombia. Am J Trop. Med. Hyg. 84(5):674-680

Ocampo CB; Salazar-Terreros M; Mina NJ; MCAllister J; Brogdon W. 2011. Insecticide resistance status of Aedes aegypti in ten localities in Colombia. Acta Tropica. 118 (1):37-44

Barón OL; Ursic-Bedoya RJ; Lowenberger CA; Ocampo CB. 2010. Differential gene expression from midguts of refractory and susceptible lines of Aedes aegypti infected with Dengue-2 virus. J  Insect Scien. 10(41):1-23

Valderrama C; Alexander N; Ferro C; Cadena H, Marín D; Haldford T; Mustermann L; Ocampo CB. 2010. Environmental risk factors for the incidence of American Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in a Sub-Andean zone of Colombia (Chaparral, Tolima). Am J Trop Med Hyg. 82(2):243-250

Fonseca-González I; Cárdenas R; Gómez W; Santacoloma L; Brochero H; Ocampo CB; Salazar M; Mcallister J; Brogdon W; Quiñonez M. 2010. Dosis diagnósticas para vigilar la resistencia a insecticidas de los vectores de malaria en Colombia. Revista Colombiana de Entomologia. 36(1):54-61

Ocampo CB; González C; Morales CA; Pérez M; Wesson D; Apersson CS. 2009. Evaluation of community base strategies for Aedes aegypti control in houses in Cali, Colombia. Evaluación de estrategias comunitarias para el control de Aedes aegypti en Cali, Colombia. Biomédica. 29(2):282-297

Giraldo-Calderón GI; Pérez M; Morales CA; Ocampo CB. 2008. Evaluación del triflumuron y la mezcla de Bacillus thuringiensis más B. sphaericus para control de formas inmaduras de Aedes aegypti y Culex quinquefasciatus en sumideros en Cali, Colombia. Biomédica. 28(2):224-233