Dr El Hadji Amadou Niang
Dr El Hadji Amadou Niang, Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD), Senegal
Hybrid zone dynamics and causes in the Anopheles gambiae species pair from the western edge of their species range
I am an early-career medical entomologist who did his PhD from 2010 to 2014 on sub-speciation in the major malaria vector Anopheles gambiae in Senegal.
I have benefitted from several international research and teaching activities and a research associate position at the University of Dakar. Most recently, I have worked for the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Swaziland, providing support to improve the National Malaria Control Programme entomological surveillance activities through capacity building, training and mentoring of programme staff and developing training materials and tools for programmatic use in the field.
The AREF Research Development Fellowship gives me a wonderful opportunity for personal growth and career development in my research areas of interest. Thanks to the fellowship and the support from my sponsor organizations, I aim to: build new capacities in advanced molecular biology techniques and molecular genetic data analysis; improve my skill in grant writing and scientific communication; and widen my research networks to strengthen my research skills portfolio. At the end of the fellowship my partners and I will submit a research proposal to the funding organizations already identified.
I met Dr Weetman from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine at an international entomology conference (SOVE, La Quinta, US) in 2013. Since then, Dr Weetman and I have been in contact, discussing opportunities for training and looking for an opportunity to collaborate on our overlapping and complimentary research interests.
This fellowship provides an ideal opportunity to make this happen and will allow us to initiate a strong partnership with the LSTM Vector biology team and their partners to forge a fruitful and long-lasting multilateral North-South research network. I am sure we will succeed, thanks to this timely help from AREF.