Experience

 
 
 
 
 

PhD candidate

KEMRI-WTRP/ The Open University

Jul 2015 – Jan 2019 Kenya & UK

Understanding social contact patterns in schools and households relevant to the transmission of respiratory infections.

Lay summary.

This study was set up to understand how social interactions may lead to the transmission of respiratory infections in various settings. We found out that interactions differ by location (rural/ urban) and setting (schools and households). Mathematical models created to understand transmission and to assist in the design of interventions need to factor different interaction patterns for more robust models.

 
 
 
 
 

Research Officer

KEMRI-WTRP

Jan 2009 – Jun 2015 Kilifi, Kenya

Responsibilities include:

  • Project set-up: writing protocols, seeking ethical approvals
  • Project management: recruiting and training staff, community engagement for research, data collection, monitoring and evaluation, data analysis
  • Presentations: annual reports, oral and poster presentations at scientific meetings

Notable achievements:

  • Lead investigator in 3 intensive field studies in rural and urban areas in Kenya
  • Introduced new tools for data collection (paper diaries, electronic sensors)
  • Established collaborations with local and international scientists

Skills

Writing

Proficient

R

Good

Statistics

Good

Management

Good

Short courses

Introduction to GIS for health researchers.

Contact network epidemiology. Mathematical modelling of infectious diseases. Statistics and modelling with novel data streams.

Protection of human research participants.

Leadership and management in health.

Publications

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Contact

  • Room 817, Mbuyuni Building, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Centre, P. O. Box 230, 80108, Kilifi, KENYA