Bernard A Okech

Bernard A Okech

Research Associate Professor

Department: HP-ENVIRONMENTAL GLOBAL HLTH
Business Phone: (352) 273-5254
Business Email: bokech@phhp.ufl.edu

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.

Research Profile

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.

Publications

2017 Tropical medicine & international health : TM & IH
2014 The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene
2014 The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene
2013 American Journal of Physical Anthropology
2013 Journal of pharmaceutical policy and practice
2008 Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology

Grants

Mar 2017 – Mar 2018
Aedes mosquito surveillance and testing for host preference and prevalence of Chikungunya and dengue viruses in vector populations in Southcom AOR
US DEPT OF AG AG RES SVC · Principal Investigator
Oct 2016 – Mar 2018
A comprehensive comparison of 1) the TAS platform utilizing antifilarial antibodies and antigenemia in adults and children with 2) xenomonitoring to detect filarial transmission in Haiti
TASK FORCE FOR GLOBAL HEALTH · Principal Investigator
Sep 2016 – Aug 2018
Entomological Studies of Zika Virus Transmission in Haiti
US DEPT OF AG NATL INST OF FOOD AND AG · Principal Investigator
Jul 2016 ACTIVE
Cholera transmission and evolution in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
NATL INST OF HLTH NIAID · Project Manager
May 2016 – Mar 2017
Aedes mosquito surveillance and testing to determine host preference and prevalence of Chikungunya and dengue viruses in vector populations in Southcom AOR
US DEPT OF AG AG RES SVC · Principal Investigator
Mar 2014 – Sep 2019
The Role of Arboviruses as a Cause of Undifferentiated F
DEFENSE THREAT REDUCTION AGENCY · Project Manager

Contact Details

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