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Principal Investigator

mmaia@kemri-wellcome.org[/vc_column_text][vc_tta_tour style=”modern” color=”blue” spacing=”5″ gap=”5″ alignment=”right” active_section=”1″][vc_tta_section title=”Biography” tab_id=”1636101761796-243769f5-2771″][vc_column_text]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).[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Current Work” tab_id=”1636101761811-bcd5fe0e-ad2e”][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Top 5 Publications” tab_id=”1636101866847-2222068f-d10e”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_tour][/vc_column][/vc_row]