International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, Kenya


Tell us something interesting about your institution   ICIPE is the only international institution in Africa working primarily on arthropods. The Institution’s main mission is to use insect science for sustainable development to ensure food and improve the overall health of communities in Africa.

What are the main research interests of your institution? ICIPE’s main research interests are in insect research particulary disease vectors such as mosquitoes and tsetse as well as pests of cereals and horticultural crops. Also, ICIPE is conducting research into beneficial insects such as bees and silkworm moths.  

Class of 2016


What are the academic backgrounds of the participants?   Molecular Biology

The ICIPE team



Kelvin Kimenyi

role for IBT_2016: teaching assistant

Kelvin obtained his MSc in Bioinformatics at the Centre for Biotechnology and Bioinformatics (CEBIB), University of Nairobi. His thesis focused on characterization of bracoviral sequences among five tsetse fly species using bioinformatics and molecular techniques, with the aim of identifying potential vector control avenues. This was under the supervision of Dr. Benard Kulohoma and Dr. Daniel Masiga at the Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics Unit, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Nairobi, Kenya. Kelvin’s research interests focus on the genomics data analysis, statistical analysis particularly using R programming, creating and manipulating computational biology pipelines, and the overall application of bioinformatics to better understand complex biological systems. He is a student fellow with the Wellcome Trust Funded project called TrypanoGEN under the Human Hereditary for Health in Africa (H3Africa) initiative. Kelvin is currently a bioinformatician at icipe and mainly involved in coordinating the H3ABioNet Introduction to Bioinformatics Online Course and other H3Africa related activities.



Rosaline Macharia

role for IBT_2016: teaching assistant

Rosaline is a bioinformatics consultant at icipe working on tsetse and trypanasomes genomics. She recently completed her PhD studies on comparative genomics of Glossina and is interested in RNA-seq analysis and protein-ligand interactions.



Sonal Henson

role for IBT_2016: teaching assistant

I have recently joined ICIPE as a postdoctoral Bioinformatician. My interest in Bioinformatics started from my undergraduate course in Computational Biology at the University of Warwick, UK. I followed it by obtaining an MSc in Bioinformatics from University of Leicester, UK. I was awarded a PhD by University of Pretoria for research I carried out on the transcriptome and the genome of the Brown ear tick, the primary vector for East Coast Fever (ECF) disease in cattle. This work was done at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). For my first postdoc, for which I was based at ILRI and Functional Genomics Centre, Zurich, I studied the genomes of Theileria parva, the protozoan causing ECF. After that I moved to studying the genomes of pathogenic bacteria and viruses at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kilifi, Kenya. More recently I have been involved in a project to characterise MHC class I alleles from African pigs.

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