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Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Michigan

Lauretta Ovadje graduated with a bachelor of science in Biology and Environmental Science from Lincoln University, Pennsylvania and is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the Environmental Health Sciences Department at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Her dissertation research focused on identifying barriers to the use and adherence of insecticide treated bed nets (ITNs) including the environmental limitations of deployment of these nets, toxicological concerns, and malaria risk perceptions of caregivers of young children. The main goal of her research is to give local malaria control programs in Nigeria information that can be used to improve their ITN distribution and educational activities so that the impact of ITNs on the malaria burden can be maximized.

 She is interested in maternal and child health, environmental health in developing countries, and community-based participatory research. Her career interests are focused on improving the health and lives of communities by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health.


  • 2014–present
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Michigan School of Public Health