Carlo Costantini was born in 1968 in Rome, Italy, where he received a degree in natural sciences (summa cum laude) from the University of Rome La Sapienza, Rome, Italy, in 1992. After a brief period in Burkina Faso as a Consultant Malaria Entomologist for the Directorate of Cooperation for Development of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in 1997, he obtained a Ph.D. degree in medical entomology from Imperial College London. After returning as a Postdoctoral Bursar and then Research Associate to the Parasitology Unit of the Department of Public Health of the University of Rome La Sapienza, in 2004, Costantini was recruited as a Research Director by the French Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD). He is currently in the Research Unit MIVEGEC (Infectious Diseases and Vectors: Ecology, Genetics, Evolution, and Control), with researchers from the University of Montpellier I and II, CNRS, and IRD. Costantini has spent almost 15 years in the field in Africa working mostly on the population genetics, ecology, and behaviour of anopheline mosquitoes. During these years, he has trained several African scientists and contributed to the development and emergence of malaria entomology labs in Burkina Faso and Cameroon. On several occasions, he has been appointed as an External Consultant for the World Health Organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the University of Greenwich/Natural Resources Institute in the UK. His research interests have been supported by several project grants from the Italian Foundation (Pasteur Institute, Cenci Bolognetti), the European Union, the World Health Organization, and the US National Institutes of Health.
Biography Updated on 8 January 2013