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Race-Track Primary School (Nakuru), Anse-Royale Primary and Seconday schools (Seychelles)-IGSCE-O-levels; School of Advanced Level Studies (SALS-Seychelles) GCE A-Levels Jan 2006,-Nov 2007; Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) BSc-hons Jul 2009-Oct 2012, University of Nairobi Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases (UNITID)-MSc Sept 2013-Dec 2015.
Bachelor of Science (Honours)-Biochemistry; MSc-Tropical and Infectious Diseases
Lab Assistant-UNITID/KACP lab, Research Officer KWTRP
Research Officer KWTRP
KEMRI-WELLCOME TRUST RESEARCH PROGRAM
Favourite thing to do in my job: Discussions-sitting down with a fellow scientist and discussing any field of science broadly. Its always so stimulating and exciting listening to others interpretation of science and at times it gives me an aha!! moment where everything else seems to make sense. I love that passion with which we discuss science!!
I research the on impact of the PCV10 vaccine on pneumonia,meningitis and other pneumococcal diseases, and changes in the physical and genetic composition of the bacteria over time, especially after vaccine introduction.
The PCV10 vaccine which prevents cases of pneumonia, meningitis and a couple of other diseases caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae was introduced in Kenya in January 2011. My work involves assessing the impact of the vaccine on diseases caused by the bacteria and the various types of the bacteria that are circulating post-vaccine introduction. Just like any other organism, bacteria usually evolve under any form of selective pressure to better adapt to prevailing conditions. We expect that the the pneumonia causing bacterium has evolved to escape vaccine-induced immunity. I am therefore also researching to find ways in which the bacterium has evolved and how that affects its disease causing abilities.
I am also coordinating a field based study called the Pneumococcal Transmission Study (PneumoTrans) whose main aim is to investigate the rate at which Streptococcus pneumoniae is acquired and how long it is carried.
*NB: Streptococcus pneumoniae is a commensal at the back of our noses. This means it can live/be carried at the back of our noses and depend on the host for nutrients and the right conditions for survival without causing disease. It can however spread from the back of the nose to other parts of the body in some cases and result in disease.
My Typical Day
Literature review, Data analysis, Writing-up discussions, Coordinating field work, Sometimes Lab work
I would start a typical day at 8:30 at the very latest. The first thing I would do in the morning is read and respond to emails and act upon any of the requests on the emails. I would then work on any unleft work from the previous day. Currently, I have a pending manuscript and 2 sets of data to analyse and one upcoming lab study to set up. I juggle between these depending on their urgencies. For data analysis I would meet with my study assigned statistician in the mornings to check on progress. For my lab study, I have just gotten the go-ahead to proceed to I am in the process of placing an order for the reagents to be bought, so until then I am doing more literature review to build my understanding of the project. I would also close the day with some literature review and writing the discussion for a manuscript I hope to submit soon.
What I'd do with the money
Give it back to schools that are facing financial barriers to teaching sciences
I would find out from the various schools what their challenges are in teaching/promoting/encouraging students to take interests in the sciences. If at all one of the reasons is lack of reading/ teaching materials, I would give the money back to the schools to meet those needs.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Strong, Resilient, Assertive
What was your favourite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Dance Dance Dance
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Have lots of Money, Have my loved ones with me, Be happy
Tell us a joke.
I’m reading a great book on anti-gravity. I can’t put it down