Dr Naftaly Githaka joined ILRI as a support officer for the tick unit on 20 January, 2014. Naftaly previously worked with ILRI for seven years (2002-2009) as a research technologist for the vector genomic project where he contributed towards identification and characterization of candidate anti-tick vaccine antigens. Naftaly holds a PhD in veterinary medicine (2013) from Hokkaido University in Japan, a Master’s degree in molecular parasitology from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (2008) and a Bachelor’s qualification in biochemistry and chemistry from the University of Nairobi(2002). Naftaly’s PhD studies focused on the molecular characterization of tick-borne haemoparaistes at the livestock-wildlife interface in Kenya and evaluation of a recently identified anti-tick vaccine antigen against important tick vectors found in Japan. Naftaly has authored and co-authored 16 publications in international peer-reviewed journals with several others under review. His role with ILRI will be to support on-going research projects on tick-borne diseases and to bring on board local and international collaborators to enhance the utilization of the tick unit.