Patrick P'Odyek Abila
Patrick Abila is an Entomologist who holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Molecular Biology of Makerere University. He is a Research Officer with the National Agricultural Research Organisation. He has been part of teams that have among others; elucidated host preference of tsetse flies in Uganda using molecular tools; unraveled the complex population genetics observed in tsetse flies; and generated the first annotated genome of the tsetse fly (G. morsitans).
Patrick has facilitated scientific trainings and been privileged to lecture at Gulu University where he taught; Integrated Pest Management, Chemistry, Applications & Environmental Impacts of Pesticides, and Research Methods in Biology. He has also participated in the development of the National Integrated Vector Management Strategy for Uganda.
He joined BuildUganda from August 2020 as a Graduate Fellow for which he will work towards improving the understanding of local transmission cycles of Rift Valley Fever Virus (RVFV) in Uganda. Specifically, he will identify putative RVFV vectors, determine their host preferences, characterise viral diversity and analyse insecticide resistance in local RVFV vectors.