Ms. Valeriana Mayagaya is a medical entomologist. She holds an MSc in Applied Zoology (2010) and a BSc in Zoology and Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (2002) from the University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. In her MSc, she conducted research on “The Impact of Livestock on the Ecology of Malaria Vectors and Malaria Transmission in the Kilombero Valley, Tanzania”. Over the years, Valeriana has been involved actively in various research projects, examples of which include Monitoring malaria vector population dynamics, distribution and transmission rate in Kilombero Valley and Dar es Salaam, Near infra-Red Spectroscopy for identification of age of semi-field and wild malaria vectors, Mosquito Contamination Device for sustainable malaria mosquito control, and Eave tubes/bricks for malaria elimination in peri-urban Tanzania. Through her involvement in these and other projects, Valeriana has gathered considerable expertise and experience in laboratory and field based research on the behaviour, ecology and control of malaria and other mosquito vectors. Furthermore, she has gathered strong expertise and experience in molecular identification of malaria vectors, and immunological techniques for detecting host feeding preference and malaria parasites inside mosquitoes. Most outstandingly, Valeriana is an expert in mosquito vector species identification and age grading using Near Infra-red Spectroscopy (NIRS), a new technique in malaria field. Her dream is not only to continue with researching new hypotheses, but also to join forces with those who are engaged in collecting and communicating the available scientific findings/facts to the community. By so doing, she believes she will heighten the deployment of scientific research and developments in improving people’s lives.