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Dr. Lillian Wambua is a molecular biologist at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Nairobi, Kenya. She is involved in research and building the capacity of Africa’s next cadre of researchers. Her overall research interest is to contribute to food security for Africa’s vulnerable populations through healthy, productive and resilient livestock resources. Her current research focus is the livestock-wildlife interface which is a hotspot for disease transmission and evolution. She is currently doing research on Bovine malignant catarrhal fever, a viral disease that is transmitted to cattle from wildebeest causing devastating losses to the Maasai communities in Kenya. She also aims to develop effective diagnosis strategies for early diagnosis and surveillance of livestock diseases. She has solid expertise in techniques and analytical skills for parasitology, immunology, gene expression profiling, systems biology and molecular phylogeny. Dr. Wambua is a member of the international society for computational biology (ISCB), the African society for bioinformatics and computational biology (ASBCB), the American society for microbiology and the Society for General Microbiology. She is also a fellow of the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development programme (AWARD).

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