Sally Ireri
THRiVE Intern

 I am currently working at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) as a research assistant intern under the mentorship of a PhD student whose project involves elucidating the population structure of tsetse flies in Western Kenya as well as identifying reservoir hosts for the tsetse-borne pathogens, trypanosomes. 

As a result of my experiences in the classroom and the lab, my major research interest is the study of infectious diseases, specifically tropical diseases with the mosquito as a vector. I am keen to discover more about host-pathogen interactions on a molecular level, mechanisms of resistance in both the pathogens and vectors, and targeted drug design.

In 2016, I graduated from the University of Nairobi with a BSc in Biochemistry. In addition to research, I am involved in teaching in the form of volunteering and tutoring, and mentorship of young girls interested in science. I am also passionate about supporting the growth of Kenya’s vibrant fantasy literature scene both as an editor and a writer.