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Dr. Damaris Matoke-Muhia is Deputy Director for Biotechnology Research Programme at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) with interest on utilising genomics in the control of vector borne diseases.
Damaris is also a Programme Manager, Capacity Building and Gender mainstreaming at the Pan African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA). She spearheads the Women in Vector Control that aims at “Strengthening the role of Women in Vector Control in Africa”. She holds a PhD in Molecular Medicine, MSc in Biotechnology and BSc in Biochemistry.
In addition to her research, Damaris is passionate in mentoring young career scientists and advocates for the advancement of the careers of women scientists. She supervises a number of PhD and MSc students. Damaris is 2020 New Voices Fellow at The Aspen Institute and an Affiliate of the African Academy of Sciences for 2017-2021.
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Languages: Kiswahili & English
Areas of Interests: Infectious and parasitic diseases, Biotechnology, vector biology, Neglected Tropical diseases, women empowerment
Topic Interests: Disease management, gender equity and inclusivity, malaria and leishmaniasis
Local/Demographic Interests: Sub-Saharan Africa, Kenya
Job Title: Deputy Director Biotechnology Research Programme, KEMRI