Daniel Masiga

Dr Masiga is a Senior Scientist and the Head of the Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics & Biostatistics Unit. 

He leads a diverse group, but has an interest in vector-pathogen interactions, and the molecular basis of behaviours, such as the chemosensing that enables disease vectors to navigate their environment. 

He uses genomics and associated bioinformatics analyses to drive his research, with a focus on neglected tropical diseases (especially African trypanosomiais & leishmaniasis) and malaria.

Dr Masiga considers building capacity of young African scholars as a major investment of the resources he has as team leader.

Awards & honours

  • ¬†International Foundation for Science (IFS)/DANIDA Award for Sub-Saharan Africa, 2001. I was the first recipient of this award in Kenya, in recognition of the contribution to knowledge of natural infections of African trypanosomes under high tsetse challenge in small ruminants.
  • Honorary Alumnus of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) from 2012 awarded the German Ambassador and the DAAD regional director for Africa.
  • Program Chair: International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) / African Society for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (ASBCB) Conference on Bioinformatics of Infectious Diseases, Tunis, March 3013.
  • Panel member: Reviews of published malaria RDT field trials: http://www2.wpro.who.int/sites/rdt/field_trials/published_reviews.htm?wbcmode=presentationunpublished