Mumcuoglu, Kosta, CV

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH


Date of Birth:
3.2.46
 

EDUCATION:
 
BSc  1972 Dept.of Zoology, University of Basel, Switzerland
PhD  1975 Dept.of Zoology and Dept. of Dermatology

Medical School University of Basel.
Dissertation: House dust mites in Switzerland, their medical importance and control.
 

EXPERIENCE
 
1975 Visiting Scientist, Dept. of Medical Entomology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
1975‑1980 Research Biologist, Dept. of Dermatology, Medical School, University of Basel
1978 Visiting Scientist, Pest Control Dept., Agricultural College of Teheran University
1980‑1983 Research Biologist, Dept. of Parasitology, University of Zurich, Switzerland
1983‑1985 Research Biologist, Dept. of Zoology, Hebrew Univ. Jerusalem
1985‑present Senior Research Associate, Dept. of Parasitology, Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem
 

PRINCIPAL
INVESTIGATOR ON THE FOLLOWING PROJECTS
 
1975‑1980 Grants: Swiss National Science Foundation

     
House dust mites in Switzerland. Distribution and taxonomy

     
House dust mite culture and control

     
Allergenic properties of house dust mites

     
Antigen localization in house dust mite body

     
House dust mite allergy diagnosed by modified basophile degranulation test

     
Bee and wasp sting allergies diagnosed by modified basophile degranulation test

     
Allergic reaction of horses to storage mites
1980‑1983 Grants: Hoffmann‑La Roche Foundation

     
Pathogenesis and therapy of Rosacea and Perioral Dermatitis incited by Demodex folliculorum

     
Infestation of goats in Switzerland by Demodex

     
Experimental infestation of cattle with ectoparasites and the effects on the quality of leather

     
Monoclonal antibodies against house dust mites

     
Facialis paresis after tick bite
1983‑present Grants: WHO‑Europe

NIH‑CDR

NIH‑NIAID

Ministry of Health

Ministry of Absorption

Ministry of Environment

Pharmaceutical Industries.


     
Aggregation behavior of the human body louse (Pediculus humanus)

     
Engorgement response of human body lice to blood fractions and their components

     
Epidemiology of head lice infestations in Israel

     
Induction of resistance to lice by immunization

     
Clinical aspects of head lice infestation

     
New insecticides and repellents against human lice

     
Anti-hemostatic activity of louse salivary glands

     
Resistance of head lice to insecticides

     
Use of lice for forensic entomology

     
Ecological aspects of the maintenance of Rickettsial agents in ticks, fleas and rodents in Southern Israel

     
House dust mites and vernal keratoconjunctivitis

     
Epidemiology of house dust mites and mite antigens in Israel

     
Maggot debridement therapy-Antibacterial substances excreted by maggots

     
Mites and ticks as vectors of West Nile Fever

     
Immune responses in human demodicosis

 

TEACHING
 
1980-1983 Lecturer in the course "Veterinary parasitology" for veterinary students in University of Zurich, Switzerland.
1980‑1983 Lecturer in the course "Medical parasitology" for medical students in University of Zurich, Switzerland.
1985‑1996 Lecturer in the course "Immunopathology of parasites" for MSc and PhD students in the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
1988‑1996 Lecturer in the course "Parasitology" for BSc students in Bar‑Ilan University, Tel‑Aviv.
1985‑present Lecturer in the BSc or MSc course "Medical entomology" for biology students in Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
1988‑present Lecturer in the course "Parasitology" for the Hadassah Community College of Technology in Jerusalem.
1995-present Lecturer in the course "Seminars in molecular microbiology" for biology students in Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
1997-present Lecturer in the course "Seminars for students in medicine", Institute of Microbiology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
1997-present Lecturer in the course "Pest control" for pest control managers in the
National Training Center, Tel-Hashomer, Ministry of Health.
1997-present Lecturer in the course "Over the counter pharmaceutical remedies" in the School of Pharmacy.
 

TUTORING
 
  Tutoring of one PhD, two MSc (Public Health) and four post‑doctoral students of biology as well as 17 biology students for
their seminar work in the courses "Medical entomology" and "Seminars in
molecular microbiology" and 17 pupils for their maturity work.
 

OTHER SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITIES
 
I.      Over 80 presentations to the national and international congresses
II.      Over 450 lectures in medicine, biology and veterinary science
III.      Author of the book "Dermatological Entomology. The medical
importance of insects and mites in Central Europe" (in German) together with T. Rufli. Perimed, Erlangen, 1982.

IV.      Coauthor of the book "Allergy and asthma" (in German) together with Dvorak, J., U. Venetz & M. Waelti.
Birkhaeuser, Basel,1988

V.      Described three new mite species

VI.      Special studies:

     
1965‑1972.  Tropical medicine and parasitology (Tropical Institute Basel)

     
1979  Allergy and clinical immunology (University Hospital Zurich)

     
1981‑1982.  Teaching methods for lecturers (University of Zurich)

     
1993  Biology of diseases vectors (Colorado State University)
     
1994  
Advanced methods in medical and veterinary vector control (Imperial
College and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)

VII.      Diagnostic experience: Extensive hands‑on diagnostic experience with arthropods of medical, veterinary and economic importance
VIII.      Consultant for the Ministry of Health in Israel as well as for
hospital clinics on subjects related to head lice, scabies and house
dust mites

IX.      Commercial experience. Contracts with major national and international companies to test compounds
against house dust mites, storage mites and human lice
 

MEMBERSHIPS IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:
 
  Entomological Society of America

Entomological Society of Israel

Israel Society for Parasitology

Israel Society for Protozoology

Israel Society for Skin Research

Swiss Parasitological Society

International Society on Biotherapy
 

AWARDS
 
  The Wilhelm‑Lutz Award (1983) by the Swiss Society of Dermatology and Venereology
 

APPOINTMENTS
 
 
1990‑1994 Secretary of the Israel Society for Parasitology
1994-1995 Secretary of the Israel Society for Protozoology
2000-today Secretary of the Israel Society for Parasitology, Protozoology and Tropical Diseases
1992-present Member of the National Committee on Allergy and Clinical Immunology, section: Indoor allergies
1994-present Representative of the Israel Society for Protozoology in the Federation of the Israeli Societies of Experimental Biology
1997-today Member of the committee on head lice and scabies of the Ministry of Health in Israel
1996-1999 Member of the executive board of the International Society of Biotherapy
June 1999-present President of the International Society of Biotherapy
1998 Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Third International Conference on Biotherapy in Jerusalem
2000 Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Fifth International Conference on Biotherapy in Wurzburg, Germany
2006 Executive
member of the Organizing Committee of the Fifth International
Conference on Phthiraptera in Buenos Aires, Argentine and chair
of the Scientific Program Committee.
2002 Corresponding member of the Swiss Society of Dermatology and Venereology
   

LANGUAGES:     English, German, French, Hebrew,
Greek and Turkish

REPRESENTATIVE PUBLICATIONS (LAST EIGHT YEARS) OF MORE THAN 140 PUBLISHED OR IN PRESS

Mumcuoglu, K.Y., K. Frish, B.
Sarov, E. Manor, E. Gross, Z. Gat and R. Galun. 1993. Ecological studies on the
brown dog tick Rhipicephalus sanguineus in Southern Israel and its relationship to
spotted fever group rickettsiae. J. Med.Entomol. 30:114‑121.

Weiss, M., I. Glazer, K.Y.
Mumcuoglu, Y. Elking & R. Galun. 1993. Infectivity of steinermatid and
heterorhabditid nematodes for the human body louse Pediculus
humanus humanus

(Anoplura: Pediculidae). Fundam. appl. Nematol. 16: 489-493.

Mumcuoglu, K.Y., Y. Abed, B.
Armenios, S. Shaheen, J. Jacobs, S. Bar‑Sela & E. Richter. 1994.
Asthma in children of refugee camps in Gaza and its relationship with house
dust mites. Ann. Allergy 72:163‑166.

Kivity, S., A. Solomon, R.
Soferman, Y. Schwarz, K.Y. Mumcuoglu & M. Topilsky. 1993. Mite asthma in
childhood: A study of the relationship between exposure to house dust
mites and disease activity. J. Allergy Clin. Immunol. 91:844‑849.

Ben‑Yakir, D., K.Y.
Mumcuoglu, O. Manor, J. Ochanda & R. Galun. 1994. Immunization of
rabbits with a midgut extract of the human body louse (Pediculus humanus
humanus
); the
effect of induced resistance on the louse population. Med. Vet.
Entomol. 8:114‑118.

Mumcuoglu, K.Y., J. Hemingway,
J. Miller, I. Ioffe-Uspensky, S. Klaus, F. Ben-Ishai & R. Galun. 1995.
Permethrin resistance in the head louse Pediculus capitis from Israel. Med. Vet. Entomol.
9:427-432.

Ochanda, J.O., K.Y. Mumcuoglu,
D. Ben-Yakir, J.K. Okuru, V.O. Oduol & R. Galun. 1996. Characterization of
body louse midgut proteins recognized by resistant hosts. Med. Vet. Entomol.
10:35-38.

Mumcuoglu, K.Y., D. Ben-Yakir,
S. Gunzberg, J.O. Ochanda & R. Galun. 1996. Immunogenic proteins in the
body and faecal material of the human body louse, Pediculus humanus humanus, and their homology to antigens
of other lice species. Vet. Med. Entomol. 10:105-107.

Mumcuoglu, K.Y., E. Rahamim, D.
Ben-Yakir, J.O. Ochanda & R. Galun. 1995. Localization of immunogenic
antigens on the midgut of the human body louse Pediculus humanus humanus (Anoplura: Pediculidae). J.
Med. Entomol. 33:74-77.

Mumcuoglu, K.Y. 1996. Control of
head louse (Anoplura: Pediculidae) infestations: Past and present. Amer.
Entomol. 42: 175-178

Guberman, D., K.Y. Mumcuoglu, A.
Keysari, I. Ioffe-Uspensky, J. Miller & R. Galun. 1996. Prevalence of
spotted fever group rickettsiae in ticks from Southern Israel. J. Med. Entomol.
33:979-982.

Mumcuoglu, K.Y., R. Galun, Y.
Kaminchik, A. Panet & A. Levanon. 1996. Anti-hemostatic activity in
salivary glands of the human body louse, Pediculus humanus humanus (Anoplura: Pediculidae). J.
Insect Physiol. 42: 1083-1087.

Mumcuoglu, K.Y., M. Lipo, I.
Ioffe-Uspensky, J. Miller & R. Galun. 1997. Maggot therapy for the
treatment of gangrene and osteomyelitis (in Hebrew). Harefuah 132:323-325.

Mumcuoglu, K.Y. 1996. Control of
head louse (Anoplura: Pediculidae) infestations: Past and present. Amer.
Entomol. 42:175-178.

Mumcuoglu, K.Y., D. Ben-Yakir,
J.O. Ochanda, J. Miller & R. Galun. 1997. Immunization of rabbits with
faecal extract Pediculus humanus, the human louse: effects on louse development and
reproduction. . Med. Vet. Entomol. 11: 315-318.

Mumcuoglu, K.Y., M. Lipo, I.
Ioffe-Uspensky, J. Miller, I. Turkeltaub & R. Galun. 1997. Maggot therapy
for the treatment of gangrene and osteomyelitis. Harefuah 132: 323-325.

Mumcuoglu, K.Y., D. Ben-Yakir,
J.O. Ochanda, J. Miller & R. Galun. 1997. Immunization of rabbits with
faecal extract of Pediculus humanus, the human body louse: effects on louse
development and reproduction. Med. Vet. Entomol. 11: 315-318.

Mumcuoglu, K.Y., A.
Ingber, L. Gilead, J. Stessman, R. Friedman, H. Schulman, H. Bichucher, I.
Ioffe-Uspensky, J. Miller, R. Galun & I. Raz. 1998. Maggot therapy for the treatment
of diabetic foot ulcers. Diabetes Care, 21:2030-2031.

Hemingway, J., J. Miller &
K.Y. Mumcuoglu. 1999. Pyrethroid resistance mechanisms in the head louse Pediculus
capitis
from
Israel: implications for control. Med. Vet. Entomol. 13: 89-96.

Mumcuoglu, K.Y. 1999. Prevention
and treatment of head lice in children. Pediatr. Drugs 1:211-218.

Mumcuoglu,
K.Y., A. Ingber, L. Gilead, J. Stessman, R. Friedmann, H. Schulman, H.
Bichucher, I. Ioffe-Uspensky, J. Miller, R. Galun & I. Raz. 1999. Maggot
therapy for the treatment of intractable wounds. Intnl. J. Dermatol. 8:
623-627.

Mumcuoglu, K.Y., Z. Gat, T. Horowitz, J. Miller, R.
Bar-Tana, A. Ben-Zvi & Y. Naparstek. 1999. Abundance of house dust mites in
relation to climate in contrasting agricultural settlements in Israel. Med.
Vet. Entomol. 13: 252-258.

Ochanda,
J.O., E.A.C. Oduor, R. Galun, M.O. Imbuta & K.Y. Mumcuoglu. 2000. Partial purification
of the aminopeptidase from the midgut of the human body louse, Pediculus
humanus humanus
Physiol. Entomol. 25:
242-246.

Mumcuoglu, K.Y., J.
Miller, M. Mumcuoglu, M. Friger & M. Tarshis. 2001. Destruction of bacteria
in the digestive tract of the maggot of Lucilia sericata (Diptera:
Calliphoridae). J. Med. Entomol. 38: 161-166.

Schwartz, E., E.
Witztum & K.Y. Mumcuoglu. 2001. Travel as trigger for shared delusional
parasitosis. J. Travel Med. 8: 26-28.

Mumcuoglu, K.Y., M.
Friger, I. Ioffe-Uspensky, F. Ben-Ishai & J. Miller. 2001. Louse comb
versus direct visual examination for the diagnosis of head louse infestations.
Pediatr. Dermatol. 18: 9-12.

Mumcuoglu, K.Y., I.
Ioffe-Uspensky, S. Alkrinawi, B. Sarov, E. Manor & R. Galun. 2001.
Prevalence of vectors of the spotted fever group rickettsiae and murine typhus
in a Bedouin town in Israel. J. Med. Entomol. 38: 458-461.

Mumcuoglu, K.Y. 2001.
Clinical applications for maggots in wound care. Am. J. Clin. Dermatol. 2:
219-227.

Sherman, R. A., J. M-T
Sherman, L. Gilead, M. Lipo & K.Y. Mumcuoglu. 2001. Maggot debridement
therapy in outpatients. Arch. Phys. Med. Rehabil. 82: 1226-1229.

Mumcuoglu, K.Y., A.
Keysary & L. Gilead. 2001. Mediterranean spotted fever in Israel: a tick
borne disease. Isr. Med. Ass. J. 4: 44-49.

Leo, N.P., N.J.H
Campbell, X. Yang, K.Y. Mumcuoglu & S.C. Barker. 2002. Evidence from mitochondrial
DNA that the head lice and the body lice of humans (Phthiraptera: Pediculidae)
are conspecific. J. Med. Entomol. 39: 662-666.

Akilov, O.E. & K.Y.
Mumcuoglu. 2003. Association between human demodicosis and HLA class I. Clin.
Exp. Dermatol. 28: 70-73.

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