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  • Prof.  Kosta Y. Mumcuoglu
Prof  Kosta Y Mumcuoglu
 
Brief CV

Education

1967-1972
B.Sc, Biology, Dept. of Zoology, University of Basel, Switzerland
1972-1975
PhD, Medical Acarology, Dept. of Zoology and Dept. of Dermatology Medical School, University of Basel, Switzerland

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-now
Senior Research Scientist, Dept. of Parasitology, Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem
2004-now
Adjunct Professor of Parasitology at the Cumhuriyet University, Sivas, Turkey
2006-now
Associated Professor of Parasitology, Turkey

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Awards
1983
The Wilhelm-Lutz Award by the Swiss Society of Dermatology and Venereology
2002
Corresponding member of the Swiss Society of Dermatology and Venereology
2003-2004
Outstanding Teachers Award from the School of Medicine, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
2010
The William S. Baer Award for outstanding service in the advancement of biotherapy
2012
Honorary Member of the Entomological Society of Israel
Outstanding Teachers Award from the Faculty of Agriculture, Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
2013
Two Outstanding Teachers Award from the Faculty of Agriculture, Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
2015
Two Outstanding Teachers Award from the Faculty of Agriculture, Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
Back to top Appointments
1990-1994
Secretary of the Israel Society for Parasitology
1992-present
Member of the National Committee on Allergy and Clinical Immunology, section: Indoor allergies
1994-1995
Secretary of the Israel Society for Protozoology
1994-present
Representative of the Israel Society for Protozoology in the Federation of the Israeli Societies of Experimental Biology
1996-1999
Member of the executive board of the International Society for Biotherapy
1997-present
Member of the committee on head lice and scabies of the Ministry of Health in Israel
1998
Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee of the Third International Conference on Biotherapy in Jerusalem
1999-2011
President of the International Society for Biotherapy
2000
Chairman of the International Organizing Committee of the Fifth International Conference on Biotherapy in Wurzburg, Germany
2000-2011
Secretary of the Israel Society for Parasitology, Protozoology and Tropical Diseases
2002
Chairman of the International Organizing Committee of the Sixth International Conference on Biotherapy in Sivas, Turkey
2006
Executive member of the International Organizing Committee of the Third International Conference on Phthiraptera in Buenos Aires, Argentine and member of the Scientific Program Committee
2006
Program Chairperson of the International Society of Phthirapterists and chairman of the Forth International Conference on Phthiraptera, Cappadocia, Turkey, 2010
2007
Chairman of the International Organizing Committee of the Seventh International Conference on Biotherapy in Seoul, Korea
2008
Member of the International Organizing Committee of the 10th. European Multicolloquium of Parasitology, Paris, France
2008-present
Medical Advisory Consultant of the Rosacea Research & Development Institute
2010
Past-President of the International Society of Biotherapy
2010
Member of the International Organizing Committee of the Eighth International Conference on Biotherapy, Los Angeles, USA
2010
Chair of the International Organizing Committee of the Fourth International Conference on Phthiraptera, Urgup, Cappadocia, Turkey
2010-2014
President of the International Society of Phthirapterists
2011-present
2014
Past-president of the International Society of Phthirapterists
2015-present
Associated Curator to the National Natural History Collections (Ixodoidea/Ticks)
2015-present
Back to top Ongoing Research

Insects of Medical Importance

Mites of Medical Importance

Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases

Biotherapy

Delusional Parasitosis

Diverse Parasites

Myiasis

Back to top Key Publications
Mumcuoglu, K.Y., A. Zavaro, S. Zemira and Z. Lazarowitz. 1988. House dust mites and vernal keratoconjunctivitis. Ophthalmologica 196:175 181.
Mumcuoglu, K.Y. and J. Zias. 1988. Head lice, Pediculus humanus capitis (Anoplura: Pediculidae) from hair combs excavated in Israel and dated from the first century B.C. to the eighth century A.D. J. Med. Entomol. 25:545 547.
Mumcuoglu, K.Y. 1990. A technique for quantitative evaluation of ectoparasitic mites and insects of domestic animals. Exp. Appl. Acarol. 9:97 101.
Mumcuoglu, K.Y., J. Miller, R. Gofin, B. Adler, F. Ben Ishai, R. Almog, D. Kafka and S. Klaus. 1990. Epidemiological studies on head lice infestation in Israel. I. Parasitological examination of children. Intnl. J. Dermatol. 29:502 506.
Mumcuoglu, K.Y. and J. Miller. 1991. The efficacy of pediculicides in Israel. Isr. J. Med. Sci. 27:562 565.
Mumcuoglu, K.Y. 1991. Head lice in drawings of kindergarten children. Isr. J. Psychiatry Relat. Sci. 28:25 32.
Mumcuoglu, K.Y., S. Klaus, D. Kafka, M. Teiler and J. Miller. 1991. Clinical observations related to head lice infestation. J. Amer. Acad. Dermatol. 25:248 252.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 1996. 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.
Mumcuoglu, K.Y., R. Galun, Y. Kaminchik, A. Panet & A. Levanon. 1996. Antihemostatic 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, 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 humanus capitis from Israel: implications for control. Med. Vet. Entomol. 13: 89-96.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lee, S.H, J.-R. Gao, K.S. Yoon, K.Y. Mumcuoglu, D. Taplin, J.D. Edman, M. Takano-Lee & J.M. Clark. 2003. Sodium channel mutations associated with knockdown resistance in the human head louse, Pediculus capitis (De Geer). Pest. Biochem. Physiol. 75: 79-91.
Akilov, O.E. & K.Y. Mumcuoglu. 2004. Immune response in demodicosis. J. Eur. Acad. Dermatol. Venereol. 18: 440-444.
Mumcuoglu, K.Y, N. Galilli, A Reshef, P. Brauner & Hanita Grant. 2004. The use of human lice in forensic entomology. J. Med. Entomol. 41: 803-806.
Mumcuoglu K.Y., C. Banet-Noach, M. Malkinson, U. Shalom & R.Galun. 2005. Argasid ticks as possible vectors of West Nile virus in Israel. Vector Borne Zoonot. Dis. 5: 65-71.
Mumcuoglu, K.Y. & O.E. Akilov. 2005. The Role of HLA A2 and CW2 in the pathogenesis of human demodicosis. Dermatology 210: 109-114.
Akilov, O.E., Y.S. Butov & K.Y. Mumcuoglu. 2006. A clinico-pathogenetic approach to the classification of human demodicosis. J. German Soc Dermatol. J. German Soc. Dermatol. 3:607-614.
Mumcuoglu, K.Y. & L. Gilead. 2006. Recommendations for the treatment of scabies infestations. Isr. Med. Assoc. J. 8: 196-199.
Mumcuoglu, K.Y. 2006. Effective treatment of head louse with pediculicides. J. Drug Dermatol. 5: 451-452.
Mumcuoglu, K.Y., T. Meinking, C.N. Burkhart & C.G. Burkhart. 2006. Head louse infestation: the “no-nit” policy and its consequences. Intnt. J. Dermatol. 45: 891-896.
Daeschlein, G., K.Y. Mumcuoglu, O. Assadian, B. Hoffmeister & A. Kramer. 2007. In vitro antibacterial activity of Lucilia sericata maggot secretions. Skin Pharmacol. Physiol. 20:112–115 (DOI: 10.1159/000097983).
Huberman, L., N. Gollop, K.Y. Mumcuoglu, C. Blockc & R. Galun. 2007. Antibacterial properties of the whole body extracts and hemolymph of Lucilia sericata maggots. J. Wound Care 16: 123-127.
Huberman, L., N. Gollop, K.Y. Mumcuoglu, E. Breuer, S.R. Bhusare, Y. Shai & R. Galun. 2007. Antibacterial substances of low molecular weight isolated from Lucilia sericata (Diptera: Muscidae). Med. Vet. Entomol. 21: 127-131.
Mumcuoglu, K.Y., S.C. Barker, I.F. Burgess, C. Combescot-Lang, R.C. Dagleish, K.S. Larsen, J. Miller, R.J. Roberts & A. Taylan-Ozkan. 2007. International guidelines for effective control of head louse infestations. J. Drugs Dermatol. 6: 409-414.
Keysary, A., R. Massung, M. Inbar, A. Wallach, U. Shanas, K.Y. Mumcuoglu & T. Waner. 2007. First direct evidence of the prevalence of Anaplasma phagocytophilum in Israel. EID 13: 1411-1412.
Mumcuoglu, K.Y., Carole Pidhorz, Rivka Cohen, Andre Ofek & Howard A. Lipton. 2007. The use of the medicinal leech, Hirudo medicinalis, in the reconstructive plastic surgery. The Internet Journal of Plastic Surgery. Vol. 4 Number 2.
Teplinsky, V., K.Y. Mumcuoglu, I. Babai, I. Dalal, R. Cohen & A. Tanay. 2008. House dust mites on skin, clothes and bedding of atopic dermatitis patients. Intnl. J. Dermatol. 47: 790-795.
Mumcuoglu, K.Y., J. Gabbay & G. Borkow. 2008. Copper oxide impregnated fabrics for the control of house dust mites. International Journal of Pest Management 54: 235-240.
Mumcuoglu, K.Y., L. Huberman, R. Cohen, V. Temper, A. Adler, R. Galun & C. Block. 2009. Elimination of symbiotic Aeromonas spp. from the intestinal tract of the medicinal leech, Hirudo medicinalis using ciprofloxacin feeding. Clin. Microbiol. Infect. DOI:10.1111/j.1469-0691.2009.02868.x
Mumcuoglu, K.Y. & O.E. Akilov. 2010. The role of Demodex mites in the pathogenesis of rosacea and blepharitis and their control. J. Rosacea Res. Dev. Inst. 1: 47-54.
Harrus S, Perlman-Avrahami A, Mumcuoglu KY, Morick D, Baneth G. 2010. Molecular detection of Rickettsia massiliae, Rickettsia sibirica mongolitimonae and Rickettsia conorii israelensis in ticks from Israel. Clin Microbiol Infect. DOI. 10.1111/j.1469-0691.2010.03224.x
Mumcuoglu, K.Y., M. Danilevich, O Zelig, H. Grinbaum, M. Friger & T.L. Meinking. 2010. The effect of blood group and blood handling on feeding success, longevity and egg production of the body louse, Pediculus humanus humanus. Med. Vet. Entomol.
Mumcuoglu, K.Y. 2012. Mortality of Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) eggs caused by the floor beetle (Tribolium castaneum). Open J. Vet. Med. 2: 9-12.
Mumcuoglu, K.Y., E. Davidson, A. Avidan & L. Gilead. 2012. Pain related to maggot debridement therapy. J. Wound Care 21: 400-405.
Braverman, Y., A. Frish, M. Reis & K.Y. Mumcuoglu. 2012. Host preference of Culicoides spp. from Israel based on sensory organs and morphometry (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae). Entomol. Gener. 34: 97-110.
Lindh, J. & K.Y. Mumcuoglu. 2012. Molecular analysis of pyrethroid resistance in Pediculus humanus capitis from Israel. Trends Entomol. 8: 37-41.
Değerli S, Malatyalı E, Mumcuoğlu KY. 2013. Head lice prevalence and associated factors in two boarding schools in Sivas. Turkiye Parazitol. Derg. 37(1): 32-35. doi: 10.5152/tpd.2013.08.
Kamani J, G. Baneth, KY Mumcuoglu, NE Waziri, O Eyal, Y Guthmann, S Harrus. 2013. Molecular detection and characterization of tick-borne pathogens in dogs and ticks from Nigeria. PLoS NTDs, 7(3): e2108. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0002108.
Kleinerman G, Baneth G,. Mumcuoglu KY, van Straten M, Berlin D, Apanaskevich DA, Abdeen Z, Nasereddin A, Harrus S. 2013. Molecular detection of Rickettsia africae, Rickettsia aeschlimannii and Rickettsia sibirica mongolitimonae in camels and Hyalomma spp. ticks from Israel. Vector-borne Zoon. Dis. 13: 1-6. DOI: 10.1089/vbz.2013.1330
Kamani, J, Morick D, Mumcuoglu KY, Harrus S. 2013. Prevalence and diversity of Bartonella species in commensal rodents and ectoparasites from Nigeria, West Africa. PLoS Neg. Trop. Dis. 7 (5): e2246. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0002246.
Sherman, R.A., K.Y. Mumcuoglu, M. Grasberger & T.I. Tantawi. 2013. Maggot Therapy. In: Grassberger, M., R.A. Sherman, O. Gileva, C.M.H. Kim & K. Y. Mumcuoglu (Eds). Biotherapy - History, Principles and Practice: A Practical Guide to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Disease using Living Organisms. Springer Pub., Heidelberg, pp. 5-29.
Gileva, O.S. & K.Y. Mumcuoglu. 2013. Hirudotherapy. In: Grassberger, M., R.A. Sherman, O. Gileva, C.M.H. Kim & K. Y. Mumcuoglu (Eds). 2013. Biotherapy - History, Principles and Practice: A Practical Guide to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Disease using Living Organisms. Springer Pub., Heidelberg, pp. 31-76.
Salant, H., Mumcuoglu, K.Y., Baneth, G. 2013. Ectoparasites in urban stray cats in Jerusalem, Israel: differences in infestation patterns of fleas, ticks and permanent ectoparasites. Med. Vet. Entomol. 28: 314-318, doi: 10.1111/mve.12032.
Friedemann, G., Izhaki, I., Leshem, L. & K.Y. Mumcuoglu. 2013. Alternative nest-building behavior of the Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus) and the Short-toed Eagle (Circaetus gallicus) in the Judean Foothills, and the parasitic and non-parasitic arthropod fauna in their nests. Isr. J. Entomol. 43: 11-19.
Mumcuoglu, K.Y. 2014. Recommendations for the use of leeches in reconstructive plastic surgery. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Vol. 2014, Article ID 205929, 7 pages, Link
Waner, T., Keysary, A., Eremeeva, M.A., Beth Din, A., Mumcuoglu, K.Y., King, R. & Y. Atiya-Nasagi. 2014. Rickettsia africae and Candidatus Rickettsia barbariae in ticks in Israel. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. 90: 920–922. doi:10.4269/ajtmh.13-0697
Gutiérrez, R, L. Cohen, D. Morick, K.Y. Mumcuoglu, S. Harrus & Y. Gottlieb. 2014. Identification of different Bartonella species in the cattle tail louse (Haematopinus quadripertusus) and in Cattle Blood. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 80(17): 5477-5481. DOI: 10.1128/AEM.01409-14.
Kamani J, Baneth G, Mitchell M, Mumcuoglu KY, Gutiérrez R, Harrus S. 2014. Bartonella species in bats (Chiroptera) and bat flies (Nycteribiidae) from Nigeria, West Africa. Vector-Borne Zoon. Dis. 14: 625-632.
Nasereddin A, A. Risheq, S. Harrus, K. Azmi, S. Ereqat, G. Baneth, H. Salant, K.Y. Mumcuoglu & Z. Abdeen. 2014. Bartonella species in fleas from Palestinian territories: Prevalence and genetic diversity. J. Vector Ecol. 39 (2): 261-270.
Sofer S, Gutiérrez R, Morick D, Mumcuoglu KY, Harrus S. 2015. Molecular detection of zoonotic Bartonella (B. henselae, B. elizabethae and B. rochalimae) in fleas collected from dogs in Israel. Med. Vet. Entomol. 2015; 29(3): 344-8. doi: 10.1111/mve.12116.
Drali R, Mumcuoglu KY, Yesilyurt G, Raoult D. 2015. Studies of ancient lice reveal unsuspected past migrations of vectors. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.14-0552.
Combescot-Lang CM, Vander Stichele RH, Toubaté B, Veirron E, Mumcuoglu KY. 2015. Ex vivo effectiveness of French over-the-counter products against head lice (Pediculus humanus capitis De Geer, 1778). Parasitology Research doi: 10.1007/s00436-015-4363-9.
Palenchar DJ, Gellatly KJ, Yoon KS, Mumcuoglu KY, Shalom U, Clark JM. 2015. Quantitative sequencing for the determination of kdr-type resistance allele (V419L, L925I, I936F) frequencies in common bed bug (Hemiptera: Cimicidae) populations collected from Israel. J. Med. Entomol. 52: 1018-27. doi: 10.1093/jme/tjv103.
Kamani J, Baneth G, Apanaskevich DA, Mumcuoglu KY, Harrus S. 2015. Molecular detection of Rickettsia aeschlimannii in Hyalomma spp. ticks from camels (Camelus dromedarius) in Nigeria, West Africa. Med. Vet. Entomol. doi: 10.1111/mve.12094.
Ereqat S, Nasereddin A, Al-Jawabreh A, Azmi K, Harrus S, Mumcuoglu K, Apanaskevich D, Abdeen Z. 2016. Molecular detection and identification of Spotted Fever Group Rickettsiae in ticks collected from the West Bank, Palestinian Territories.PLoS Negl Trop Dis 10(1): e0004348. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0004348.
Drali R, Mumcuoglu KY, Raoult D. 2016. Human lice in paleoentomology and paleomicrobiology. Microbiol Spectrum 4(4): PoH-0005-2014. doi:10.1128/microbiolspec.PoH-0005-2014.
Amanzougaghene, N., K. Y. Mumcuoglu, F. Fenollar1, S. Alfi, G. Yesilyurt, D. Raoult & O. Mediannikov. 2017. Ancient DNA analysis of archaeological Pediculus humanus remains from Israel belonging to the Roman period. PLoS ONE (in press).

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Dmitry Apanaskevich, United States National Tick Collection, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia.
Ziad Abdeen, Suhair Ereqat and Abed Nasereddin, Al-Quds University, Abu Dis, The Palestinian Authority.
Joshua Kamani, Parasitology Division, National Veterinary Research Institute Vom, Plateau State, Nigeria.
Trevor Waner & Marina Eremeeva, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia.
Daniel J. Palenchar, Kyle J. Gellatly, Kyong Sup Yoon & J. Marshall Clark, Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, University of Massachusetts.
Didier Raoult and Rezak Drali, Unité de Recherche sur les Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales Emergentes, Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France.
Aysegul Taylan-Ozkan, Department of Medical Microbiology Faculty of Medicine, Hitit University, Corum, Turkey
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