Lilian Wambua

Lilian Wambua

Lillian is a Kenya molecular biologist with eight years postdoctoral experience working in the field of animal and human health research. She is a recipient of Future Leaders African Independent Research fellowship from the Royal Society and African Academy of Sciences. Her current research activities at the ILRI Kenya (www.ilri.cgiar.org) are focused on development of rapid, low-cost diagnostic assays for surveillance of zoonoses and antimicrobial resistance. Previously, Lillian led a research group to develop a diagnostic platform for detection of illegal wildlife meat (bushmeat), which has been adopted as a complementary forensic tool by wildlife agencies in Kenya and Tanzania. Lillian enjoys research on emerging diagnostic technologies, including next generation sequencing technologies and their potential application in the Africa, particularly in the one-health context, to reduce disease burden in animals and humans.