Katharina Kreppel

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Study establishes link between gender, extramarital affairs and HIV

Dar es Salaam. A new Ifakara Health Institute study has found “a significant association between lifetime (proxy) extramarital affairs and HIV infection among women only,” with the risk being significantly …

IHI names winners of research, innovation fund

[Right-Left] Getrud, Beatrice, Theckla, and Tutu.Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) has named recipients of the 2017/18 Director’s Research and Innovation Fund. This is an internal funding mechanism aimed to support specific …

Recent Projects

Development of a new tool for malaria mosquito surveillance to improve vector control

Malaria transmission is influenced not only by vector abundance, but as well by demographic traits such as vector species and age structure, as these influence the intensity by which the …

Demonstrating complete disruption of residual malaria transmission by eliminating Anopheles funestus mosquitoes from rural Tanzanian villages

In rural south-eastern Tanzania, where malaria prevalence has reduced by >60% since 2000, low-to-moderate transmission still persists despite very high coverage with long-lasting insecticidal bednets. Like in most residual transmission …

Katharina Kreppel

Research Scientist

Dr. Katharina Kreppel is a Tanzania-based vector ecologist at the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI). She received her PhD in 2012 from the University of Liverpool, UK. She has 5 years’ experience of field-based research on malaria vector ecology in collaboration with IHI while affiliated with the University of Glasgow, UK. This was preceded by 4 years’ field-based research on the effects of climate on plague in Madagascar in collaboration with the Institute Pasteur de Madagascar. In Tanzania at IHI she is currently leading a project investigating behavioural shifts of malaria vectors due to environmental determinants and their relevance to disease transmission. Additionally, Dr. Kreppel is Co-Investigator of a project looking into the effects of El Niño on malaria mosquito dynamics and the disease. She is also joint leader of the Neglected Tropical Infectious Diseases and Zoonoses, under the Enviromental Health and Ecological Sciences Department.  At IHI she frequently gives short courses in statistical methods using the R language, and assists as facilitator at grant writing, statistical analysis and presentation workshops. Dr. Kreppel has published a total of 15 papers in internationally peer- reviewed journals and to date gave 10 oral presentations at renowned international conferences. Her research interest lie in understanding the ecology and behavior of tropical disease vectors and relate these to the epidemiology of diseases. She is thus particularly interested in the effects of a changing climate on vector borne diseases and zoonoses to further the development of adaptive strategies.

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Are malaria mosquitoes starting to actively avoid insecticide treated bed nets?

Effects of El Nino events on malaria risk in the Kilombero river Valley, Tanzania

Movement rates of African malaria vectors and the impact of mosquito control interventions upon them

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