Olabimpe Yewande Olaide
Research project: The semiochemical basis of repellency of zebra to tsetse flies
Olabimpe is an ARPPIS PhD Scholar supervised by Dr Rajinder Saini (icipe) and Prof. Christian Pirk (University of Pretoria, South Africa). Olabimpe’s research interests include studying the behavior and chemical ecology of arthropods of medical and veterinary importance in the tropics. She is currently researching the semiochemicals that are responsible for zebra repellency to tsetse flies. Such chemicals could be employed to prevent tsetse-host contact and control human and animal trypanosomosis. Olabimpe is registered for a PhD at University of Pretoria, South Africa and is supported by a scholarship from DAAD.
Olabimpe completed her undergraduate studies in Pure and Applied Chemistry at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Nigeria and obtained a Master of Science degree in Organic Chemistry from University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She is a member of the International Society of Chemical Ecology and the Entomological Society of America.