Fathiya M. Khamis

Dr Fathiya M. Khamis

Dr Fathiya Mbarak Khamis is a Research Scientist in icipe’s Plant Health Theme working on native and invasive insect pests of fruits and vegetables that are of economic importance for food security in Africa and beyond. Fathiya applies molecular biology techniques in insect pest identification and understanding variabilities within pest populations - essential for the development of sustainable, integrated pest management systems. She also uses molecular techniques to assess the safety of insects as a sustainable source of nutritious food for humans and feed for livestock.

Fathiya is also active in building research capacity in Africa through mentoring and supervising graduate and postgraduate students, young scientists, and technical staff. She has contributed significantly to the body of scientific knowledge through authoring and co-authoring more than 90 articles in international peer-reviewed journals as well as several book chapters.

In recognition of her contribution to research and development in Africa, she was awarded the 2019 TWAS-Abdool Karim Prize in Biological sciences.

Email: fkhamis@icipe.org