I am trained in veterinary medicine (vet. med) at the Vetsuisse Faculty in Bern and obtained a PhD in epidemiology at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), University of Basel. My thesis was conducted in N’Djamena (Chad) and spanned over many aspects of rabies control including surveillance, dog mass vaccination, transmission dynamics and public awareness. After the PhD I continued as a postdoc at Swiss TPH, coordinating a large scale study to estimate rabies burden and vaccine demand in West and Central Africa funded by GAVI, the vaccine alliance. Since January 2018 I am working as a postdoc at the Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter to study the ecology of domestic dogs in Chad to investigate the occurrence of Guinea Worm infections in this species.
My career goal is to conduct academic research on zoonotic diseases in small domestic animals in general and in dogs in particular. My special interests lie in the social determinants of zoonotic disease control and improving access to veterinary care in a resource limited context.