I am a medical entomologist with background in veterinary medicine. During my PhD I was based in Ghana and investigated the use of insecticide treated fences for the control of nuisance insects and disease vectors of veterinary and medical importance. After completing my PhD I moved to Tanzania and was based at the Ifakara Health Institute where I became a post-doc in Sr. Sarah Moores group from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). During my postdoc, I focused on characterizing spatial repellents mode of action, efficacy and their neighbouring effects (funded by BMGF). In 2013, I joined the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute as a research scientist based at the Ifakara Health Institute, in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. During this time, I setup multiple mosquito colonies, designed a biosafety category III insectary, and conducted research aiming at the development of new vector control and surveillance tools. I lead the development of an ivermectin-based attractive toxic sugar bait (ATSB) against malaria vectors (funded by Grand Challenges Canada), tested mosquito attractants and repellents in semi-field conditions, investigated ivermectin metabolic synergies and researched in the field of near infrared spectroscopy for surveillance of malaria and dengue vectors. In 2016 I moved to Kenya, based at the KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme where I advanced in the field of near infrared spectroscopy for malaria infection detection in mosquitoes (Marie Heim Voegtlin fellowship funded by the Swiss National Foundation of Science). In 2018 I became affiliated with the University of Oxford as entomology work package leader of the BOHEMIA project consortium (funded by UNITIAID).
My current work is part of the BOHEMIA consortium funded by UNITAID. BOHEMIA aims at investigating ivermectin mass drug administration against malaria as a novel vector control intervention. My role in the consortium is to lead the entomology work package. I currently also interested in the development and advance of spectral assays to determine relevant entomological endpoints, such as species, infection status, age and bloodmeal source.