Dr Daniel Masiga
Daniel Masiga is a Principal Research Scientist, and Head of the Human and Animal Health Theme. He is an infectious diseases biologist who studies arthropod transmitted disease vectors and pathogens.
After graduating from the University of Nairobi, Masiga did his postgraduate studies at University College London and the University of Bristol in the UK. He later joined the University of Glasgow as a postdoctoral fellow.
On returning to Kenya, he held a lectureship in Biochemistry and Biotechnology at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, prior to joining icipe. His research focuses on the biology of pathogens and vectors, using genomics and bioinformatics, and he uses these tools to discover emerging infectious disease threats through broad surveillance efforts in East Africa, focusing on those transmitted by ticks, mosquitoes and sand flies.
He was President of the African Society for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (ASBCB) when a partnership was established with the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB), and supports capacity building efforts in bioinformatics.
Masiga currently leads a postgraduate training program in East Africa, which has established MSc Bioinformatics programs at two universities. He has a strong focus on mentorship of junior scientists and students, with a strong commitment to building Africa’s capacity to lead science-based growth. He serves as a reviewer on several panels for grants, fellowships and other assessments.
African Academy of Sciences: https://www.aasciences.africa/fellow/daniel-masiga