Thumbi Mwangi, PhD

Research Associate

Thumbi Mwangi is an infectious disease epidemiologist with interest in use of epidemiological analytical and modelling tools for the control and prevention of animal diseases and improvement of human health and welfare. His current research interests cut across implementation science for the elimination of dog-mediated human rabies, syndromic surveillance for early detection of zoonotic spillover, transmission and control of zoonoses in people and their animals, livestock interventions for improvement of human health and nutrition, and transmission dynamics and control of SARS-CoV2 in Kenya.

He received his Veterinary Medicine and Surgery degree (2005) and Master of Science degree (2008) from the University of Nairobi, and PhD in Infectious Disease Epidemiology from the University of Edinburgh (2012). He holds the positions of Clinical Associate Professor at the Paul G Allen School for Global Animal Health, Washington State University; Senior Research Fellow at the University of Nairobi Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases; and Chancellors Fellow in Global Health at the Institute of Immunology and Infection Research at the University of Edinburgh.

Thumbi is an Affiliate fellow of the African Academy of Sciences and serves as the Chair of the Kenya National Technical Committee on COVID-19 Modelling, member of the National Rabies Elimination Coordination Committee, Kenya’s Zoonotic Technical Working Group, and the Technical Review Committee of the African Union Africa Risk Capacity – epidemics and outbreaks program. He has served as a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) rabies modelling consortium, and the WHO Rabies Expert Group.

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