Miss Kallista Chan
of Vector Biology and Control
Having graduated with a BSc Biology from Imperial College London (2016) and an MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases from LSHTM (2017), I consider myself both an infectious disease epidemiologist and a medical entomologist. I have a special interest in vector-borne diseases and their control, particularly malaria.
I am currently based in Cote d'Ivoire, where I am undertaking a PhD looking at the links between rice cultivation and malaria vectors. With this, I am part of the Agriculture and Infectious Disease Group at the School.
At LSHTM, I currently teach in the study module Spatial Epidemiology for Public Health (3135), where I facilitate practical sessions and seminars. I am also a tutor in the study module Malaria: From Science to Policy and Practice (3195). I also teach in the Distance Learning unit on the Control of Infectious Diseases (104).
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 investigating the relationship between rice and malaria, particularly malaria vectors.
As part of my PhD, I am looking for rice-growing methods that can significantly reduce vector productivity. Rice-growing techniques include land preparation, water management regimes, crop establishment, weed and nutrient management, all of which could have an effect on mosquitoes. This work is a collaboration with AfricaRice and Institut Pierre Richet in Bouake, Cote d'Ivoire, where I am based.