Judy A. Omumbo

Columbia University, USA

Judy A. Omumbo is an Associate Research Scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) in New York. She holds a Ph.D. degree in epidemiology (Oxford University) an MPH degree (Hebrew University, Jerusalem), and a B.s. degree in Dentistry (University of Nairobi). She began her career in epidemiology at the Centre for Public Health and Geographic Medicine, KEMRI/Wellcome Trust Collaborative Programme, Kenya. While there, she worked extensively on malaria risk mapping using empirical data and considering climatic and environmental drivers of malaria transmission. She was awarded a Wellcome Trust Prize studentship for her Ph.D. studies in 2000. She joined the IRI in 2005 first as a Postdoc and now is an Associate Research Scientist with IRI's Africa Program, focusing on the integration of climate research into disease control. Her research involves building the capacity of the health sector in Africa to use climate information effectively for decision-making in the control of climate sensitive diseases. She also works to build effective partnerships between African disease control programs and climate service providers at national level. Omumbo serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the World Wide Anti-malaria Resistance Network (WWARN) and the External Technical Advisory Group for AvecNet, a project on “Targeting Malaria by Hitting the Vector” that is led by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and sponsored by the European Union.

Biography Updated on 7 September 2011

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