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PROMISING:  Meet this rising star in global health

Oct. 25, 2023 9:00
PROMISING:  Meet this rising star in global health
Ifakara scientist, Issa Mshani during a community engagement activity. Photo credit: Ifakara KMC

Ifakara Health Institute's early-career scientist, Issa Mshani, has received the American Society of Tropical Medicine Young Investigator Award for 2023, presented on October 18, 2023. This prestigious award honors outstanding young scientists. Mshani (29), is one of only 18 young scientists to be honored with this award worldwide.

Issa – quite a charming and smart guy – is a PhD student at the University of Glasgow, Scotland in the UK. Glasgow, simply Glas as Scotes themselves refer to, is a prestigious public university in the UK – and one of the oldest (founded in 1451) in the English-speaking world. In the global academia and research space, Glas, once was home to great names in scientific research, including: Lord Kelvin (the father of temperature systems), James Watt (the father of electrical engineering), and Adam Smith (the father of economics). This early-career scientist studies here.

Issa uses new technologies such as infrared spectroscopy (IR) and machine learning (ML) to detect malaria and helps improve how we track it. He also studies mosquitoes and how malaria spreads. He is passionate about global eradication of malaria.

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