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Gerry Killeen

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Dr Gerry Killeen began his career in science as a biochemist, pursuing a doctoral thesis describing the physiological influences of secondary metabolites in plant extracts used as supplements in animal feedstuffs. He graduated with a PhD from University College Galway in the Republic of Ireland in 1996 and moved to Tulane University in New Orleans, USA where he investigated phage-display selection techniques for the identification of antibodies which kill malaria vector mosquitoes. During his three years at Tulane, he also began developing mathematical models of malaria transmission and this line of research led him to the field. In 2000, he moved to the shores of Lake Victoria in Kenya, working as a visiting scientist at the Mbita Point Research and Training Centre of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology.

 

Here he developed his interests in field-based ecology, epidemiology and operational aspects of malaria control. In 2002, he moved to the Swiss Tropical Institute in Basel, Switzerland and was seconded to the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) in the United Republic of Tanzania. Dr Killeen has since promoted the development of entomology and environmental sciences at IHI, culminating in the establishment of the Environmental Health and Ecological Sciences Thematic Group as a new department in 2012. Dr Killeen joined Durham University as a Wellcome Trust International Research Career Development Fellow in 2005 and transferred this fellowship to LSTM in January 2009. He remains based at IHI, focusing on integrated malaria control strategies in urban African settings and supporting the Dar es Salaam Urban Malaria Control Programme and the National Malaria Control Programme of Tanzania. Dr Killeen has acted as a visiting lecturer at University of Limerick and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and remains a Honorary Senior Research Fellow at University College Cork in the Republic of Ireland and a Research Associate Professor at Tulane University in the USA.