Tatenda Chiuya ProfileDAAD PhD programme through ILRI & ICIPE
Research project: One Health approach to vector biology and arbovirus epidemiology in smallholder livestock system.
Tatenda is an ARPPIS PhD Scholar supervised by Dr Dan Masiga (icipe), Dr Jandouwe Villinger (icipe) and Prof Eric Fevre (ILRI). Tatenda’s research interests include pathogen-vector-host interactions affecting the epidemiology of vector-borne zoonotic diseases using molecular tools. He is currently researching on arthropod-borne viruses (arboviruses) in domestic cattle, mosquito/tick vectors and in humans in western Kenya. The research will determine the most important vectors of zoonotic pathogens and their livestock reservoirs in western Kenya, where a large diversity of potential arbovirus vectors have recently been identified. Tatenda is being supported by a scholarship from DAAD.
Tatenda holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree from the University of Zimbabwe. He is registered with the Council of Veterinary Surgeons of Zimbabwe (CVSZ) and the South African Veterinary Council (SAVC). He is a holder of an MSc in Tropical Animal Health from the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belgium. His MSc Thesis was on: Screening of Dermacentor reticulatus ticks from De Panne.