Filiz Gunay

Filiz Gunay, PhDFiliz Gunay


Hacettepe University

Faculty of Science

Biology Department

Ecology Section

Vector Ecology Research Group

06800 Beytepe/Ankara




Role and main activities in AIMCOST

Representative of Turkey in the Management Committee and Science Communication Manager within the Action


Short Bio:

Filiz Gunay is a Research Assistant at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey, where she received a B.S. degree in Biology and an M.S. degree in Ecology. Her PhD thesis was on the mosquito fauna of Turkey via morphological identification techniques and DNA barcoding, in association with Natural History Museum in London and Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC. She worked in IRD Montpellier, France, for 6 months as a Post-Doc Researcher to prepare a computer-aided identification key for mosquitoes in Europe, North Africa and Middle East, named MosKeyTool. She has been involved in previous projects EDENext, INFRAVEC, VectorNet, MediLabSecure, EurNegVec and is a member of Society of Vector Ecology.


Five recent and relevant publications


Gunay F, Picard M, Robert V. MosKeyTool, an interactive identification key for mosquitoes of Euro-

Mediterranean. Version 2, 2018. Available at Last update: 14/06/2018.


Altinli, M, Gunay F, Alten B, Weill M, Sicard M. Wolbachia diversity and cytoplasmic incompatibility patterns in Culex pipiens populations in Turkey. Parasites and Vectors, 11, 198, (2018), 1-9.


Oncu C, Brinkmann A, Gunay F, Kar S, Oter K, Sarikaya Y, Nitsche A, Linton YM, Alten B, Ergunay K. West Nile virus, Anopheles flavivirus, a novel flavivirus as well as Merida-like rhabdovirus Turkey in field-collected mosquitoes from Thrace and Anatolia. Infection, Genetics and Evolution, 57, (2018), 36-45.


Ergunay K, Litzba N, Brinkmann A, Gunay F, Sarikaya Y, Kar S, Orsten S, Oter K, Domingo C, Erisoz Kasap O, Ozkul A, Mitchell L, Nitsche A, Alten B, Linton YM. Co-circulation of West Nile virus and distinct insect-specific flaviviruses in Turkey. Parasites & Vectors. 2017; 10(1):149.


Dogan, M, Gunay, F., Puggioli, A., Balestrino, F., Oncu, C., Alten, B., Bellini, R. Establishment of a satellite rearing facility to support the release of sterile Aedes albopictus males. I. Optimization of mass rearing parameters. Acta Tropica. 2016; 159, 62–68. doi:10.1016/j.actatropica.2016.03.032