Dr Rod Dillon

Senior Lecturer

Research Overview

Leishmania - sand fly interactions; functional genomics of insect vectors of medically important diseases; sand fly genome sequencing project; digestive physiology of bloodsucking insects; insect microbiology; microbial symbiosis; microbial ecology; insects and emerging infectious disease; natural antimicrobial systems and insects. Public engagement activities includes working with DIYBio maker communities, Bioscience research and art.

Selected Publications Show all 47 publications

Colonisation resistance in the sand fly gut: Leishmania protects Lutzomyia longipalpis from bacterial infection
Sant'Anna, M.R.V., Diaz-Albiter, H., Aguiar-Martins, K., Al Salem, W.S., Cavalcante, R.R., Dillon, V.M., Bates, P.A., Genta, F.A., Dillon, R.J. 23/07/2014 In: Parasites and Vectors. 7, 1, 10 p.
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Everybody loves sugar: first report of plant feeding in triatomines
Diaz-Albiter, H.M., Dillon, V.M., Dillon, R.J. 29/02/2016 In: Parasites and Vectors. 9, 8 p.
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Evaluation of a temperate climate mosquito, Ochlerotatus detritus (=Aedes detritus), as a potential vector of Japanese encephalitis virus
Mackenzie-Impoinvil, L., Impoinvil, D.E., Dillon, R.J., Ranson, H., Fooks, A.R., Solomon, T. 03/2015 In: Medical and Veterinary Entomology. 29, 1, p. 1-9. 9 p.
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Imaginative labour and relationships of care: co-designing prototypes with vulnerable communities
Southern, J., Ellis, R., Ferrario, M.A., McNally, R., Dillon, R., Simm, W., Whittle, J. 05/2014 In: Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 84, p. 131-142. 12 p.
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The characterization of the Phlebotomus papatasi transcriptome
Abrudan, J., Ramalho-Ortigão, M., O'Neil, S., Stayback, G., Wadsworth, M., Bernard, M., Shoue, D., Emrich, S., Lawyer, P., Kamhawi, S., Rowton, E.D., Lehane, M.J., Bates, P.A., Valenzeula, J.G., Tomlinson, C., Appelbaum, E., Moeller, D., Thiesing, B., Dillon, R., Clifton, S., Lobo, N.F., Wilson, R.K., Collins, F.H., McDowell, M.A. 7/02/2013 In: Insect Molecular Biology. 22, 2, p. 211-232. 22 p.
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Bacterial feeding, leishmania infection and distinct infection routes induce differential defensin expression in Lutzomyialongipalpis
Telleria, E.L., Sant'anna, M.R.V., Alkurbi, M.O., Pitaluga, A.N., Dillon, R.J., Traub-Csekö, Y.M. 11/01/2013 In: Parasites and Vectors. 6, 1, 8 p.
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Investigation of the bacterial communities associated with females of Lutzomyia sand fly species from South America
Sant'anna, M.R.V., Darby, A.C., Brazil, R.P., Montoya-Lerma, J., Dillon, V.M., Bates, P.A., Dillon, R.J. 2012 In: PLoS ONE. 7, 8, p. e42531. 10 p.
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Reactive Oxygen Species-mediated Immunity against Leishmania mexicana and Serratia marcescens in the Phlebotomine Sand Fly Lutzomyia longipalpis
Diaz-Albiter, H., Sant'anna, M.R.V., Genta, F.A., Dillon, R.J. 2012 In: Journal of Biological Chemistry. 287, 28, p. 23995-24003. 9 p.
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Caspar-like gene depletion reduces Leishmania infection in sand fly host Lutzomyia longipalpis
Telleria, E.L., Sant'Anna, M.R.V., Ortigão-Farias, J.R., Pitaluga, A.N., Dillon, V.M., Bates, P.A., Traub-Csekö, Y.M., Dillon, R.J. 13/04/2012 In: Journal of Biological Chemistry. 287, 16, p. 12985-12993. 9 p.
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Reactive oxygen species scavenging by catalase is important for female lutzomyia longipalpis fecundity and mortality
Diaz-Albiter, H., Mitford, R., Genta, F.A., Sant'Anna, M.R.V., Dillon, R.J. 9/03/2011 In: PLoS ONE. 6, 3, 9 p.
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Stage-specific adhesion of Leishmania promastigotes to sand fly midguts assessed using an improved comparative binding assay
Wilson, R., Bates, M.D., Dostalova, A., Jecna, L., Dillon, R.J., Volf, P., Bates, P.A. 09/2010 In: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 4, 9
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Chicken blood provides a suitable meal for the sand fly Lutzomyia longipalpis and does not inhibit Leishmania development in the gut
Sant'anna, M.R., Nascimento, A., Alexander, B., Dilger, E., Cavalcante, R.R., Diaz-Albiter, H.M., Bates, P.A., Dillon, R.J. 11/01/2010 In: Parasites and Vectors. 3, 3
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Diversity of gut microbiota increases with aging and starvation in the desert locust
Dillon, R.J., Webster, G., Weightman, A.J., Charnley, A.K. 01/2010 In: Antonie van Leeuwenhoek. 97, 1, p. 69-77. 9 p.
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Inhibition of trypsin expression in Lutzomyia longipalpis using RNAi enhances the survival of Leishmania
Sant'anna, M.R., Diaz-Albiter, H., Mubaraki, M., Dillon, R.J., Bates, P.A. 9/12/2009 In: Parasites and Vectors. 2, 10 p.
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Proteophosophoglycans regurgitated by Leishmania-infected sand flies target the L-arginine metabolism of host macrophages to promote parasite survival
Rogers, M., Kropf, P., Choi, B., Dillon, R., Podinovskaia, M., Bates, P., Müller, I. 21/08/2009 In: PLoS Pathogens. 5, 8
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Blood meal identification and parasite detection in laboratory-fed and field-captured Lutzomyia longipalpis by PCR using FTA databasing paper
Sant'Anna, M.R.V., Jones, N.G., Hindley, J.A., Mendes-Sousa, A.F., Dillon, R.J., Cavalcante, R.R., Alexander, B., Bates, P.A. 2008 In: Acta Tropica. 107, 3, p. 230-237. 8 p.
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Composition of Acridid gut bacterial communities as revealed by 16S rRNA gene analysis
Dillon, R.J., Webster, G., Weightman, A.J., Dillon, V.M., Blanford, S., Charnley, A.K. 03/2008 In: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. 97, 3, p. 265-272. 8 p.
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Analysis of ESTs from Lutzomyia longipalpis sand flies and their contribution toward understanding the insect-parasite relationship
Dillon, R.J., Ivens, A.C., Churcher, C., Holroyd, N., Quail, M.A., Rogers, M.E., Soares, M.B., Bonaldo, M.F., Casavant, T.L., Lehane, M.J., Bates, P.A. 12/2006 In: Genomics. 88, 6, p. 831-840. 10 p.
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Potential role for gut microbiota in cell wall digestion and glucoside detoxification in Tenebrio molitor larvae
Genta, F.A., Dillon, R.J., Terra, W.R., Ferreira, C. 06/2006 In: Journal of Insect Physiology. 52, 6, p. 593-601. 9 p.
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Diversity of locust gut bacteria protects against pathogen invasion
Dillon, R.J., Vennard, C.T., Buckling, A., Charnley, A.K. 12/2005 In: Ecology Letters. 8, 12, p. 1291-1298. 8 p.
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Ocurrence of the antibiotic producing bacterium Burkholderia sp in colonies of the leaf-cutting ant Atta sexdens rubropilosa
Santos, A.V., Dillon, R.J., Dillon, V.M., Reynolds, S.E., Samuels, R.I. 15/10/2004 In: FEMS Microbiology Letters. 239, 2, p. 319-323. 5 p.
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The gut bacteria of insects: nonpathogenic interactions
Dillon, V.M., Dillon, R. 2004
Literature review

Eicosanoid involvement in the regulation of behavioral fever in the desert locust, Schistocerca gregaria
Bundey, S., Raymond, S., Dean, P., Roberts, S.K., Dillon, R.J., Charnley, A.K. 04/2003 In: Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology. 52, 4, p. 183-192. 10 p.
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A note: gut bacteria produce components of a locust cohesion pheromone
Dillon, R.J., Vennard, C.T., Charnley, A.K. 04/2002 In: Journal of Applied Microbiology. 92, 4, p. 759-763. 5 p.
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Pheromones: exploitation of gut bacteria in the locust
Dillon, R.J., Vennard, C.T., Charnley, A.K. 24/02/2000 In: Nature. 403, 6772, p. 851-851. 1 p.
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Detection of Leishmania lipophosphoglycan binding proteins in the gut of the sandfly vector
Dillon, R.J., Lane, R.P. 01/1999 In: Parasitology. 118, 1, p. 27-32. 6 p.
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Effects of the juvenile hormone mimic pyriproxyfen on egg development, embryogenesis, larval development, and metamorphosis in the desert locust Schistocerca gregaria (Orthoptera : Acrididae)
Vennard, C., Nguama, B., Dillon, R.J., Oouchi, H., Charnley, A.K. 02/1998 In: Journal of Economic Entomology. 91, 1, p. 41-49. 9 p.
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Carbohydrate digestion in sandflies: alpha-glucosidase activity in the midgut of Phlebotomus langeroni
Dillon, R.J., ElKordy, E. 01/1997 In: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part B: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 116, 1, p. 35-40. 6 p.
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The prevalence of a microbiota in the digestive tract of Phlebotomus papatasi
Dillon, R.J., ElKordy, E., Shehata, M., Lane, R.P. 12/1996 In: Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology. 90, 6, p. 669-673. 5 p.
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Colonization of the guts of germ-free desert locusts, Schistocerca gregaria, by the bacterium Pantoea agglomerans
Dillon, R.J., Charnley, A.K. 01/1996 In: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. 67, 1, p. 11-14. 4 p.
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Chemical Barriers to Gut Infection in the Desert Locust: In Vivo Production of Antimicrobial Phenols Associated with the Bacterium Pantoea agglomerans
Dillon, R.J., Charnley, A.K. 07/1995 In: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. 66, 1, p. 72-75. 4 p.
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Bloodmeal digestion in the midgut of Phlebotomus papatasi and Phlebotomus langeroni
Dillon, R.J., Lane, R.P. 07/1993 In: Medical and Veterinary Entomology. 7, 3, p. 225-232. 8 p.
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Influence of Leishmania infection on blood-meal digestion in the sandfliesPhlebotomus papatasi andP. langeroni
Dillon, R.J., Lane, R.P. 06/1993 In: Parasitology Research. 79, 6, p. 492-496. 5 p.
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Initiation of germination in conidia of the entomopathogenic fungus, Metarhizium anisopliae
Dillon, R.J., Charnley, A.K. 04/1990 In: Mycological Research. 94, 3, p. 299-304. 6 p.
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Influence of accelerated germination of conidia on the pathogenicity of Metarhizium anisopliae for Manduca sexta
Hassan, A.E.M., Dillon, R.J., Charnley, A.K. 09/1989 In: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. 54, 2, 3 p.
Comment/debate

Inhibition of Metarhizium anisopliae by the gut bacterial flora of the desert locust, Schistocerca gregaria: Evidence for an antifungal toxin
Dillon, R.J., Charnley, A.K. 05/1986 In: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. 47, 3, p. 350-360. 11 p.
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Inhibition of Metarhizium anisopliae by the gut bacterial flora of the desert locust: characterisation of antifungal toxins
Dillon, R.J., Charnley, A.K. 09/1988 In: Canadian Journal of Microbiology. 34, 9, p. 1075-1082. 8 p.
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Invasion of the pathogenic fungus Metarhizium anisopliae through the guts of germfree desert locusts, Schistocerca gregaria
Dillon, R.J., Charnley, A.K. 10/1986 In: Mycopathologia. 96, 1, p. 59-66. 8 p.
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CONTRIBUTION OF THE GUT BACTERIAL-FLORA TO THE PHYSIOLOGY OF THE DESERT LOCUST, SCHISTOCERCA-GREGARIA
Dillon, R.J., Charnley, A.K., Hunt, J. 12/1986
Meeting abstract

A technique for accelerating and synchronising germination of conidia of the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium anisopliae
Dillon, R.J., Charnley, A.K. 07/1985 In: Archives of Microbiology. 142, 2, 3 p.
Comment/debate

The germ-free culture of desert locusts, Schistocerca gregaria
Charnley, A.K., Hunt, J., Dillon, R.J. 1985 In: Journal of Insect Physiology. 31, 6, p. 477-485. 9 p.
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