About Bernard A Okech
Dr. Okech has a bachelors degree in zoology, a masters degree in parasitology and a PhD in medical entomology. His research career started at the National Museums of Kenya where he studied parasites in birds and the at the University of Nairobi where he studied poultry helminthiasis. At the Center for Biotechnology and Research Development in KEMRI, he conducted research on leishmaniasis in a rodent model. For his doctoral work, he conducted extensive research on environmental factors affecting the development of malaria parasites in the mosquito. He continues in the field of vector borne disease research to date. He has extensive field experience in Africa and the Caribbean. In his spare time, Dr. Okech paints, plays the Ukulele and fixes old electronic equipment.
Dr. Okech’s research interests are focused on understanding how factors in the environment affect transmission of vector borne diseases. Through a variety of sophisticated techniques, Dr. Okech undertakes both field and laboratory studies on insect vectors to understand vector borne disease transmission in nature. He has extensive research experience in Africa and the Caribbean where he continues to research on multiple vector borne diseases including malaria, Lymphatic filariasis and arboviruses. Dr. Okech is also deeply committed to teaching and mentoring.