Drawing from a multidisciplinary background and expertise in entomology, parasitology, microbiology, genomics and bioinformatics, I am broadly interested in understanding the microbial mechanisms that underlie diverse living and non-living systems. I have led or been involved in research at the intersection of the (micro)biology, ecology/microbial ecology, evolution and control of parasites and disease vectors at leading research and public health institutions around the world, including the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Research Institute Pour Le Développement, France; the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research; Kenya Medical Research Insititute; the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine; University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin and Prince of Songkla University, Thailand.
My research efforts are now largely concentrated on the evolution of microbe-mediated phenotypic variations in multicellular organisms as a function of biotic and abiotic factors. I currently lead a research program that is aimed at understanding how microbes (both host and environmentally-derived) shape the evolution of insecticide resistance in mosquitoes. And I use a combination of molecular, ‘omics and classsical (micro)biology tools, as well as bioinformatics, to explore this in wild mosquito populations and/or their progeny in laboratory settings. I also founded and lead the Mosquito Microbiome Consortium, a collaborative initiative for advancing mosquito microbiome research, particularly from laboratory to field applications. I am highly involved in other initiatives (for example G-AVENIR) that are focused on expanding disease vector genomics research in Africa–in particular, I am working towards establishing sustainable bioinformatics resources and capacity on the continent.
I am driven by a passion for mentoring and training the next generation of scientists, as well as closing the gaps in research capacity, talent and resources in the Global South, particularly Africa.
PhD in Microbiology, 2014
Norwegian University of Life Sciences
MSc in Biology & Control of Parasites & Disease Vectors, 2009
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
BSc in Zoology, 2007
University of Calabar