Dr. Luna Kamau
Chief Research Officer at the Centre for Biotechnology Research and Development, Kenya Medical Research Institute, Third World Academy for Sciences (TWAS)
Dr. Luna Kamau holds a PhD in Molecular Entomology from Kenyatta University, Kenya. She has extensive research experience in molecular vector biology and ecology, vector control, population genetics, insecticide resistance and development of new tools for vector identification and control, with the results of some of her work having influenced the policy on malaria vector control in the country. Luna has attracted several personal and collaborative research grants and published her work extensively in peer review journals as well as contributed to the training of the next generation of scientists through part-time teaching at the university and supervision of Master’s and Doctorate degree research projects. Additionally, she has served in diverse areas of leadership in science at her home institution and beyond, for example, in committees dealing with research coordination, health and safety and scientific and ethics review, as well as participated in peer and grant application reviews and student thesis examination. Luna’s contribution to science has seen her accorded several awards and recognitions including that of Young Affiliate Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), membership to the Kenya National Academy of Sciences (KNAS) and the institutional Gold Excellence/ Merit Award in science.