Ekta Patel is ILRI's scientist and bioscience communications manager who aims to bridge the communications gaps between science, value chains, consumers and donors by supporting livestock genetics, animal human health, feeds and forages, One Health Center in Africa and the CGIAR AMR hub.
She holds a PhD in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa funded through a Welcome Trust fund and an undergraduate degree in Microbiology from the University of Minnesota, U.S.A. She has over eight years of research experience on understanding how gut bacterial genes drive drug resistance mechanisms (UCT, South Africa) as well as research experience on molecular characterization of apicomplexan parasites and vaccine and diagnostics development for the fatal bovine disease, East coast fever (ILRI, Kenya). Previously, Ekta worked as a country manager for a U.S based non-governmental-organization (Aquaya Inc) to provide clean drinking water systems in rural Kenya and has also worked in the biotechnology industry in the U.S to develop autologous fibroblast systems (Isolagen Inc).
While scientific research in the areas of infectious disease remain close to her, her communicative interests include risk communications, antimicrobial awareness and addressing biosecurity issues related to livestock diseases and development in Africa.
Current Research: Understanding microbial diversity, including resistant bacterial populations, at the wildlife-livestock-environnmental interface , Understanding Bushmeat trade in Kenya.