Julien Zahouli


Study Director/Assistant Professor
Departement of Research and Development
Centre Suisse de Recherche Scientifique en Côte d'Ivoire
Area of expertise: Vector-borne diseases
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Julien Zahouli is currently the study director for the Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) system of vector control programme at the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire (CSRS), Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, and an assistant professor at the Centre d’Entomologie Médicale et Vétérinaire (CEMV) of the Alassane Ouattara University (AOU), Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire.


Julien completed a PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Basel and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), Basel, Switzerland in June 2017 on the topic “Anthropogenic impacts on Aedes mosquito community dynamics in Côte d’Ivoire”. After his PhD, Julien returned home (to Côte d’Ivoire), where he has actively supported research projects on mosquito-borne diseases (e.g., arboviruses, malaria and lymphatic filariasis).

Julien’s main research interests the impacts of anthropogenic changes (e.g., urbanisation, agricultural land-use, deforestation and insecticide use) on the ecology of Aedes vectors, and the risk of emergence of arboviruses (e.g., yellow fever, dengue, chikungunya, Zika, etc.) and arboviral diseases in Africa. As the GLP study director, he has coordinated the GLP accreditation process of CSRS and GLP projects on malaria vector control trials of insecticide-treated tools (e.g., LLINs, IRS, etc.) in phase I, II and III.

Organisation details

The Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire (CSRS : http://www.csrs.ch)  is an international and multidisciplinary research institution in Africa. CSRS is managed by a General Direction supported by the Departments of Administration and Finance (DAF), Research and Development (DRD), and Research and Valorisation (DRV). The process of Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) accreditation of infrastructure (e.g. laboratories) is well advanced. CSRS has strong experience in managing major research programmes (e.g. EU-funded AvecNet project, Afrique One-ASPIRE consortiums, etc.).

CSRS aims at supporting research activities, sample analysis, and training students and researchers of Africa and elsewhere. Research domains are: behavioral ecology and ecosystem monitoring system; chronic non-communicable diseases; environmental changes, health and coping strategies; food security and sustainability of agricultural production systems; institutions and sustainable development; inventory and natural resource management is potentially curative, preventive and socio-economic, local and sectorial development approach; population, health systems and tropical epidemics; sustainable management of ecosystem services and biological resources (biodiversity); and transformations of space, vulnerability of livelihoods and resilience of societies.