Dr. Michel Mainack Dione
Michel completed his PhD in Epidemiology of Zoonotic Diseases from the University of Antwerp in Belgium in 2010. Before his PhD, he spent 4 years as a Research Associate at The International Trypanotolerance Centre (ITC) in The Gambia, where he participated in studying the epidemiology of Non-typhoidal Salmonella in humans and animals in The Gambia and Senegal. After he completed his PhD, he spent two years as a Post-Doctoral Scientist at the UK Medical Research Council Unit in The Gambia, where his was coordinating laboratory component of several multi-country projects which were focused on determining the etiology of severe pneumonia and diarrhea in children less than five years in developing countries.
Michel joined ILRI in September 2012 as a Post-Doctoral Scientist in Animal Health. He is part of a multi-disciplinary team implementing the “Smallholder Pig Value Chain Development project” in Uganda. His is in charge of the animal health component of this project.
Michel's research focuses on the identification of animal health constraints and opportunities through field surveys, participatory methods and biological sampling, field testing interventions to improve animal health and developing and testing gender sensitive models of delivery of animal health services, including community-based health care in different livestock and farming systems. He is also involved in research on food safety and capacity building of informal actors, as well as research on diseases emerging in developing country ecosystems, neglected zoonoses, and antimicrobial resistance associated with drug use in livestock.