Owino Barack Omondi (Kenya)

Owino Barack Omondi

Research Project:  Sand fly diversity, host preference and infection rates of cutaneous leishmaniasis vectors in Gilgil, Nakuru County, Kenya

Mr. Owino Barrack Omondi is a DRIP MSc fellow supervised by Dr. Damaris Matoke-Muhia; Dr. Daniel Masiga (ICIPE) and Dr. Alvaro Acosta-Serrano LSTM (UK). Barrack is a graduate of (BSc) Biochemistry at University of Kabianga, Kericho, Kenya in 2015. He is a recipient of the Consortium for National Health Research Fellowship Award to undertake a six-month research training program. His contributions to this project involved molecular vector species and blood meal source identifications as well as parasite genotyping. Other skills acquired during this internship included; science communication, leadership, organizational, project management, grant application and peer learning. His research work during the 30 months with the Wellcome Trust Fellowship will be on ‘Epidemiological factors associated with cutaneous leishmaniasis transmission in Gilgil, Nakuru county, Kenya”, with a primary focus on examining sand fly species from endemic villages in Gilgil with potential in transmitting cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) parasites, parasite genotyping and evaluating exposures to sand fly bites and the associated risk factors.