Fredros Oketch Okumu BSC, MSC, MGIS, PhD

Appointment: Research Scientist at Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania, and Head of Environmental Health and Ecological Sciences Thematic Group

Areas of interest: Vector Borne Disease Control and Ecology, Housing for Marginalized Communities and Malnutrition of infants and young children. 

Background Fredros Okumu is a Research Scientist at Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania, where he is also the Head of Environmental Health and Ecological Sciences Thematic Group. He originally trained as a Public Health Officer in Moi University, College of Health Sciences in Kenya and has Master’s degrees in Medical Parasitology and Entomology (University of Nairobi, Kenya) and a separate Master’s degree in Geo-information Science, Earth Observation and Environmental Modelling (Lund University, Sweden).

Dr. Okumu obtained a PhD in Infectious Tropical Diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2012 and was awarded the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) Young Investigator Award in 2009. He is presently a Wellcome Trust Intermediate Research Fellow in Public Health and Tropical Medicine and a member of the Advisory Board of the Dutch Malaria Foundation. His research focuses primarily on new technologies for control and surveillance of vector borne diseases, combining geo-information systems with quantitative ecology models to map fine-scale variations in transmission risk, developing portable housing for marginalized low-income communities like subsistence rice farmers, and optimization of existing malaria interventions. He has also recently established studies on nutrition, mainly focusing on preventing child malnutrition within the first 1000 days of life.