Caroline Wanjiru Gachuhi
Research project: Validation of variant surface glycoproteins as diagnostic biomarkers of human African trypanosomiasis
Caroline is a DRIP MSc scholar supervised by Dr. Daniel Masiga (icipe) and Dr. Vincent Owino (Egerton University, Kenya). Caroline research interest is molecular parasitology and is currently researching on the validation of variant surface glycoproteins as diagnostic biomarkers of Human African Trypanosomiasis. The work aims to improve diagnosis of African trypanosomiasis of humans and livestock, a neglected tropical disease (NTD). Approximately 70 million people are at risk of infection and 3 million livestock die annually due to the disease, impacting negatively to food security and health of a region inhabited by the world’s poorest. Caroline is currently registered for MSc at Egerton University, Kenya and is supported by a scholarship from the World Federation of Scientists (WFS).
Caroline holds a BSc in Biochemistry and Zoology from Egerton University, Kenya.