David P. Tchouassi

Dr David P. Tchouassi

David is currently a research scientist with the Behavioural and Chemical Ecology Unit at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), based in Nairobi, Kenya. David is a disease vector ecologist with tremendous experience in researching, developing, testing and appraising new surveillance/control tools for mosquito and sandfly vectors of malaria and arboviral diseases, as well as operational research on applied vector control and its impact on entomological and epidemiological outcomes. Overall, I apply a range of multidisciplinary approaches (chemical ecology/field ecology/molecular biology/genetics/bioinformatics) in my research towards identifying weak links in the vector-pathogen-host interactions control by developing and evaluating complementary innovative vector tools to i) control malaria and other vector-borne diseases and ii) monitor pathogens in vectors for epidemiological assessments.

David is Young Affiliate of The World Academy of Science (TWAS) (since 2015), and an author/co-author of 19 peer-reviewed papers in reputable journals.  He has received several awards, including icipe’s Governing Council Research Award for a best published Paper (2013) and the Young Investigator’s Award (61st meeting of The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Conference, Atlanta-Georgia, 2012). David reviews manuscripts for scientific journals− Parasites and Vectors, Malaria Journal, International Journal of Tropical Insect Science, Journal of Vector Ecology etc. He serves in the icipe Institutional Board of Postgraduate Training and Studies and a member of The African Association of Insect Scientists, and American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

He obtained a BSc degree in Zoology (First Class) from the University of Buea, Cameroon in 2001. He later worked at the Research Foundation for Tropical Diseases and Environment (REFOTDE), a non-governmental organization that conducts research on tropical diseases such as malaria and filariasis.  In 2006, he earned his MSc degree in Entomology at the University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana working on malaria transmission dynamics under the African Regional Postgraduate Programme on Insect Science (ARPPIS). In 2013, he graduated with a PhD (Entomology) from the University of Pretoria.

Email: dtchouassi@icipe.org