Miss Kallista Chan
of Vector Biology and Control
I am a public health entomologist and epidemiologist in the Agriculture and Infectious Disease Group at the School. From 2017-2021, I was leading a field research project focused on the links between irrigated rice and malaria in Africa. Since autumn 2021, I have been working in research uptake on the main findings generated from this research. Previous to this, I completed the MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases at LSHTM (2017) and the BSc Biology at Imperial College London (2016).
I teach across several courses at LSHTM. I am a coordinator for MSc module 3176 Integrated Vector Management and tutor for 3135 Spatial Epidemiology for Public Health, 3195 Malaria: from Science to Policy and Practice, and the 104 Distance Learning unit on the Control of Infectious Diseases.
My previous and current research foci have been on malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. I am presently involved in the Improving Human Health (IHH) flagship of Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) research programme. This research programme is funded by CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research). I am also funded by the Wellcome Trust Our Planet Our Health grant. I am investigating the relationship between rice and malaria, particularly malaria vectors.
From 2019-2021, I was investigating the links between rice cultivation and malaria as part of my part-time PhD. In Cote d'Ivoire and Tanzania, I was looking for rice cultivation practices that can significantly reduce malaria vector productivity. Since 2021, I have been working on strategies to communicate and disseminate the key findings of this research. This involves engagement with public health professionals and other multi-sectoral stakeholders.