After our summer interns departed in August, the office was feeling a bit quiet. So, we are so happy to have Elizabeth Akinyi Ochola join Nima’s chemistry team for the month as a 2015 TECH Women Fellow.

 Elizabeth Akinyi Ochola

Elizabeth hails from Kisumu, Kenya, where she is a research officer at Kenya Medical Research Institute in their Neglected Tropical Diseases unit. This unit carries out reasearch on infectious diseases. She holds a master’s degree in medical parasitology from Maseno University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Eastern Africa-Baraton. Her current research is based on evaluation of point of care diagnostic tools for schistosomiasis control. She also takes part in operational research that provides control interventions to communities infected with schistosomiasis in western Kenya.

Tech Women brings emerging women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics from Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East together with their professional counterparts in the United States for a mentorship and exchange program. Participants are provided with access to networks, resources and knowledge to empower them to reach their full potential.

Tech Women is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Tech Women was launched in 2011 and it supports the United States’ global commitment toward advancing the rights and participation of women and girls around the world by enabling them to reach their full potential in the tech industry. Tech Women is managed by the Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives (WLI) at the Institute of International Education ® (IIE).

Meet Elizabeth!

What brought you to Nima? I have research Interests on design, production and validation of rapid diagnostic tools. I hope to learn more of these techniques during my time at Nima as well as experience the American work culture.

What is your food identity? Love seafood and enjoys drinking wine, love to sample exotic cuisines from all over the world. No known food allergies but trying to lead a healthier lifestyle by incorporating more fruits and veggies in diet with the ultimate goal of going vegan and possibly gluten-free. Can’t stand cheese, sour cream and pineapples.

What are you hoping to learn or do in San Francisco? I hope to soak up as much knowledge as I can from my mentor Dr. Jingqing Zhang, as well as interact and learn from the rest of the team at Nima. I’m keen on applying the knowledge learned back home for infectious disease research. I’m looking forward to visiting Alcatraz and attending a rock concert before I leave San Francisco.