Jandouwe Villinger


Head of Department
Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics Unit (MBBU)
International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe)
Area of expertise: Vector-borne diseases
  • Non-governmental Organisation


The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) is a world-class research centre with a mission to alleviate poverty, by ensuring food security, improving health, protecting the environment and building the capacity of researchers and communities across the developing world through the application of insect sciences. Employing more than 500 national and international staff, icipe is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya with outposts in Ethiopia and on the shores of Lake Victoria in western Kenya. Most of my research group is focused on using molecular biology to identify the diversity and interactions of vectors (mosquitoes, ticks, tsetse flies), the vector-borne diseases (malaria, arboviruses, tick-borne diseases, trypanosomes) they transmit and the vertebrate hosts that can act as reservoirs in transmission cycles, with a focus on transmission risk factors and strategies to block pathogen transmission. I believe that my expertise of vector-borne disease research based in an endemic setting will be well suited to the BOVA network, which I hope will also open up new opportunities for collaboration.

Organisation details

International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe)