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Brian Tarimo

Brian Tarimo

Deputy Head, EHES Department

btarimo@ihi.or.tz Publication(s)

Molecular biologist investigating malaria vectors

Dr. Brian Tarimo is the Deputy Head of the Environmental Health and Ecological Sciences (EHES) Department at Ifakara Health Institute. He joined the Institute in July 2009 as a Software Developer in the Data Management (Data Central) Unit.

In July 2011, he decided to shift his focus to laboratory sciences focusing on malaria. His current research interests include vector immunity and transmission biology particularly looking at host-parasite-vector interactions to uncover further insights that can guide the development of novel interventions - such as transmission-blocking vaccines or drugs, transgenic mosquitoes, and endosymbionts microorganisms that can block the transmission of malaria.

Dr. Tarimo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from University of Dar es Salaam, a Master of Science degree in Bioinformatics from University of Glasgow and a PhD in Life Sciences (particular focus on Molecular Microbiology) from the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology.

Dr. Tarimo has held previous roles/posts since joining the Institute such as Secretary of the Scientific Committee (SC) and Young Scientists Committee from July 2009 to October 2012. He is currently the Secretary/Biosafety Officer of the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).