Dr Elizabeth Bandason
Senior Lecturer in Entomology, Lilongwe University of Agriculture
Elizabeth Bandason is a senior lecturer and an insect scientist at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), Bunda College. She a 2018 OWSD (Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World) Early Career Women Scientists (ECWS) fellow. Her current research focus is on insect’s sense of smell with focus on methods that can control insects without intensive use of synthetic insecticides. Currently, serving as a chair for OWSD Malawi chapter and Secretary General for Academy of Sciences in Malawi. Her other significant awards include the PIIVeC (Partnership for Increasing the Impact of Vector Control) as a Research Capacity Development Fellow (RCDF), with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and Malaria Alert Center (MAC). As an RCDF her research focused on neurosensory mechanisms in mosquitoes in relation to novel insecticide based methods of mosquito control. Earlier, she was awarded a Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development (BHEARD), PhD fellowship to study insect toxicology and behaviour at Michigan State University. Bandason is also a 2011, African Women scientist in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) fellow and a mentor under the same program. She was most recently awarded a postdoctoral research fellowship on Essential Entomological Indicators(ESSENTIALS) for Malaria control with LSTM and MAC. Alumnus of Teaching Research in Natural sciences for Development in Africa (TREND) schools in neurosciences and electronics. Bandason is very passionate about mentoring young women and men in sciences. She believes that mentoring is a moral obligation. She loves to embrace unfamiliar fields of science. She is fascinated by insect neuroscience, coding and philosophy.