Assistant Research Scientist, Heads the Waste Management Committee

Victor Mwadime, MSc.

With a background in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Victor has worked on molecular diagnostics of infectious diseases particularly HAT (Human African Trypanosomiasis). Victorplayed a big role as the lab biosafety and biosecurity officer during the COVID-19 pandemic. Victor seeks to support One Health activities institutionally and locally by optimizing diagnostic methods, procedures and protocols that support lab safety, security, and the safe and secure handling of zoonotic pathogens. He firmly believesthat Biosafety, Biosecurity and Biorisk Management are a key component of One Health by working to reduce the exposure of laboratory personnel, the public, agriculture, and the environment to potentially infectious agents and biohazards.Contact information.
Contacts
Email:vmwaliko@primateresearch.org
Research assistant Trained Bio-informatician and Molecular Biologist

David Kiragu Mwaura, MSc.

David holds a BSc. in Microbiology and Biotechnology and MSc. in Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology. He is a growing bioinformatician with a keen interest in both genomic data production and using computational skill sets to answerresearch questions in the fields of zoonotic infectious diseases and wildlife conservation. Specifically, he is usingbioinformatics tools and programming languages in disease surveillance, digital biosecurity, pathogen discovery, diagnosis, and development of non-invasive protocols plus webapplication (R-shiny) for wildlife ecological monitoring. He is a BiXCop 2021 fellow, 2020 EcohealthNet fellow recipient and due to his interest in capacity development, he is a co-founder and trainer at the Bioinformatics Hub of Kenya Initiative (BHKi).
Contacts
Email:dkiragu@primateresearch.org
Research Fellow

Irene Karegi, MSc.

Irene holds a BSc. in Microbiology and MSc in Molecular medicine. Her research focuses on characterization ofmicrobiomes and their associated resistance genes of public health importance (zoonotic) especially those found at the humanlivestock-wildlife interface. She seeks to further understand antimicrobial resistance (AMR) transmission dynamics and potential drivers including AMR influencing transmission and persistence of EIDs. Irene is also interested in the application of CRISPR-Cas system as a diagnostic tool in detection of zoonotic organisms and associated resistant genes. She believesunderstanding microbiome in food-producing animals andassociated antimicrobial genes is essential in development of diagnostic markers to enable early detection and or sound interventions. Irene was awarded EcohealthNet fellow 2022 opportunity, to map mycobacterium and AFIs and further assess emerging risk factors driven by land-use changes in pastoral communities’ culture, behavior, and practices on the disease incidence.
Contacts
Email:irenekaregi@primateresearch.org
Assistant Research Scientist Fellow at the Centre for Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis (CEMA) 2021-2O22

Patrick Mwaura, MSc.

A statistician by training with interests in Machine learning (ML), particularly Gaussian Processes (GPs), for modelling infectious disease transmissions and epidemiological phenomena. Patrick has modelled and predicted the Covid-19 Transmission dynamics in Kenya using Gaussian Stochastic Process withSusceptible-Infected/Infectious-Recovered/Removed as the compartmental model prior. His focus is on the applications of Machine Learning (ML), specifically Gaussian Processes (GPs), in Epidemiological Modelling, diseases Mapping,Multivariate Regression Analysis, Probability theory, and Bio-Medical Research all of which form the key facets of the one-health approach to better health for all.Patrick is familiar with statistical programming tools such as R, Python, Excel, STATA, SPSS, and CSpro.These tools are important for data programming, collection, and collating.
Contacts
Email:mwaura76.pm@primateresearch.org
PhD Research Fellow Trained Molecular Biologist and Bio-informatician

Chege Mary Njeri, MSc.

Mary is a PhD student at One Health Centre, affiliated with the University of Nairobi (Kenya) and the University of Notre Dame (USA). Her research focuses on better understanding how the microbiome diversity and the structure of microbiome communities in non-human primates (NHPs) influence individual health, immune function, disease risk and survival within and among wildlife populations. She has a keen interest in understanding theepidemiology of multihost pathogens, disease surveillance, dynamics of disease transmission and progression at the livestock-wildlife interface and one health using non-invasive genetic tools and Bioinformatics tools. Her broad research interests include microbiome dynamics and the use of Bioinformatics and Biodefense tools to improve security in the face of threats from infectious diseases.
Contacts
Email:mchege@primateresearch.org
Research Scientist

Fatima Hassan Hussein, MSc.

Fatima Hussein has an Honors Bachelor’s Degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Toronto, an advanced Diploma in MedicalLaboratory Science at the Michener Institute of Applied Health Sciences and a Masters’ degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Health Leadership and Management in the United States International University. Fatima was the Emerging Pandemic Threats Predict 2 Human SurveillanceLead and worked in data analysis using QGIS and R studio. She has collectively mentored numerous bachelor's students, Masters’ students, and PhD students with their research interests in Biological Sciences. Fatima’s research interests include the One Health Initiative and Mapping Emerging Infectious Disease Risk in Kenya.
Contacts
Email:fhhussein@primateresearch.org
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