Ms. Nancy Stephen Matowo is a Research Scientist at Ifakara Health Institute. She joined the institute in 2011 and has since worked with a number of projects aimed at evaluating different interventions against mosquito and malaria transmissions.
After completing her degree in Environmental Health Sciences from Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (Muhas) in 2009, she obtained a Master of Science in Medicine (Biology and Control of African Disease Vectors) from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2015.
Ms. Matowo has received a number of competitive international travel awards to participate in meetings and present her on-going research. The Tanzanian Ministry of Health awarded her a Certificate of Excellent Performance for being the best student in Environmental Health Sciences programme in the academic year 2007/2008.
Ms. Matowo’s research interest is on designing, developing, and evaluating outdoor mosquito control tools that complement existing indoor malaria interventions. She has published a number of peer-reviewed articles related to these topics. She has also been working in a project on close observation and video-graphic analysis of mosquito host-seeking behaviours in responses to different odour attractants for optimization and effective designs of outdoor mosquito and malaria control tools, a project funded by the Wellcome Trust. Nancy has also been a Welcome Trust Fellow since 2014.
Currently, Ms. Matowo is working towards her PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Basel/Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute funded by the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship. The PhD project primarily focusses on spatial and temporal monitoring of insecticide resistance and mechanism of resistance in malaria and non-malaria vectors and involving farming communities and local public health officials in the management of insecticide resistance in malaria vectors in rural, southern Tanzania. #