Yale, Kenyan scientists renew collaboration on tsetse fly research

Dr. Sam Kasiki, Dr. Felister Makini, and Peter Salovey.

On March 16, President Peter Salovey and Serap Aksoy, professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, took part in a signing ceremony with the Kenya Agricultural Research and Livestock Organization (KALRO) and Kenyan Wildlife Service (KWS) to continue an existing collaboration in the biomedical sciences in the area of vector biology. The renewed agreement allows for the transfer of tsetse fly parts to Yale, where further research will be conducted to develop a more thorough understanding of the biology of parasitic diseases.

Parasitic diseases transmitted by the tsetse fly have long plagued human and animal health in tropical Africa, causing devastating epidemics and limiting agricultural and economic prosperity in tsetse-infested areas. Ensuring effective tsetse control is a high priority for improvement of human and animal health and the Kenyan and African economies.