Dr. Kosta Y. Mumcuoglu, Ph.D.

Head of Medical Entomology and Acarology Laboratory

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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



1975-1975 Visiting Scientist, Dept. of Medical Entomology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

1975-1980 Research Biologist, Dept. of Dermatology, Medical School, University of Basel

1978-1978 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

1985-2018 Senior Research Scientist, Dept. of Parasitology, Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem

2004-2018 Adjunct Professor of Parasitology at the Cumhuriyet University, Sivas, Turkey

2006-2018 Associated Professor of Parasitology, Turkey



1983-1983 The Wilhelm‑Lutz Award by the Swiss Society of Dermatology and Venereology

2002-2002 Corresponding member of the Swiss Society of Dermatology and Venereology

2003-2004 Outstanding Teachers Award from the School of Medicine, Hebrew University, Jerusalem



1990-1994 Secretary of the Israel Society for Parasitology

1992-2018 Member of the National Committee on Allergy and Clinical Immunology, section: Indoor allergies

1994-1995 Secretary of the Israel Society for Protozoology

1994-2018 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

1997-2018 Member of the committee on head lice and scabies of the Ministry of Health in Israel

1998-1998 Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee of the Third International Conference on Biotherapy in Jerusalem

1999-2018 President of the International Society for Biotherapy

2000-2000 Chairman of the International Organizing Committee of the Fifth International Conference on Biotherapy in Wurzburg, Germany

2000-2018 Secretary of the Israel Society for Parasitology, Protozoology and Tropical Diseases (http://parasitology-soc.md.huji.ac.il)

2002-2002 Chairman of the International Organizing Committee of the Sixth International Conference on Biotherapy in Sivas, Turkey

2006-2006 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

2006-2006 Program Chairperson of the International Society of Phthirapterists (http://www.phthiraptera.org/) and chairman of the Forth International Conference on Phthiraptera, Cappadocia, Turkey, 2010

2007-2007 Chairman of the International Organizing Committee of the Seventh International Conference on Biotherapy in Seoul, Korea



1. Insects of Medical Importance

    a. Human lice (Pediculus)

    b. Bed bugs (Cimex)

    c. Midges (Culicoides)

    d. Fleas (Xenopsylla)

2. Mites of Medical Importance

    a. House dust mites (Dermatophagoides)

    b. Follicle mites (Demodex)

    c. Scabies (Sarcoptes)

3. Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases

    a. Hard ticks (Ixodidae)

    b. Soft ticks (Argasidae)

4. Biotherapy

    a. Maggot Debridement Therapy

    b. Hirudotherapy (Hirudo medicinalis)

5. Delusional Parasitosis




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


1999-2018 Aysegul Taylan-Ozkan, Communicable Disease Research Center, Refik Saydam National Hygiene Institute, Ankara, Turkey (Maggot debridement therapy)

2001-2018 Oleg E. Akilov, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame, 202 Galvin Life Science, Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA (Immunology of Demodex infestation)

2006-2018 Michael L. Levin, Rickettsial Zoonoses Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA (Vectorial capacity of Rhipicephalus sanguineus)

2006-2018 Terri Meinking, Global Health Associates of Miami, Miami, FL, USA (Blood-feeding in lice)