Shittu Bunkunmi Dhikrullahi - Nigeria
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Shittu comes from Ibadan, Nigeria. He was interested in understanding microorganisms from a young age. This interest led him to study for a degree in Microbiology at Al-Hikmah University and a masters in Medical Microbiology at the University of Ghana.
Since graduating, he has been working with Professor Yaw A. Afrane in the Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Ghana. He is currently working on insecticide resistance and malaria transmission project.
“To sustain the vector control for vector-borne diseases, one of the key parameters is to map out the vector breeding habitats. These maps can be used to inform vector control efforts to stop the spread of diseases. Drones can be used to conduct mapping and inform disease control activities,” he says.
“I am passionate about seeing children live a better life with access to good health, quality drinking water, hygiene and quality education. Drone technology can be used as a predictive model for the outbreak of disease, test the quality of the source of drinking water, monitor climate change and farming activities, and in the detection of new minerals in the environment that can be used to uplift the status of developing countries. This information can be used to inform programmes that will help to improve the lives of families and their children,” he adds.
“My expectations after graduating from ADDA is to get collaborations for a PhD in vector-borne research or parasitology that will help me to become an independent researcher, he concludes.