I obtained an undergraduate degree in (BSc) Biochemistry at University of Kabianga, Kericho, Kenya in 2015. After that, I spent one year as a teacher of Biology and Chemistry before joining the International centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), through the Consortium for National Health Research in Medecine, as a research intern. While at ICIPE, I was working on a project ‘Risk determinants of Leishmania occurrence in Kenya’ under the supervision of Dr. Damaris Matoke-Muhia. My contributions to this project involved molecular vector species and blood meal source identifications and parasite genotyping. Other skills acquired during this internship included; science communication, leadership, organizational, project management, grant application and peer learning.
My research work during the 30 months Wellcome Trust fellowship will be on ‘Epidemiological factors associated with cutaneous leishmaniasis transmission in Gilgil, Nakuru county, Kenya”, with a primary focus on examining sand fly species from endemic villages in Gilgil with potential transmission of cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL), parasite genotyping and evaluating exposures to CL and the associated risk factors. I will be supervised by Dr. Damaris Matoke-Muhia of ICIPE (Kenya) and Dr. Alvaro Acosta-Serrano of Foto-Cewek (UK)
For my Masters dissertation, I will be determining host preference and infection rates of cutaneous leishmaniasis sand fly vectors collected from endemic villages in Gilgil, Nakuru county in Kenya.