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Clinical assistant professor, Washington State University

Thumbi Mwangi is a Kenyan Veterinarian with a PhD (2012) in Infectious disease epidemiology from the University of Edinburgh, UK. His PhD work focused on the epidemiology of infections and their co-infections in determining host outcomes such as survival and growth. Since 2013 he has held a faculty position at the Paul G Allen School for Global Animal Health, Washington State - primarily working in Kenya leading linked human and animal health surveillance studies. He investigates the zoonotic, socio-economic and nutritional pathways that link animal health to human health. Through a Wellcome Trust fellowship at the Kenya Medical Research Institute, Thumbi is leading the implementation research towards rabies elimination in Kenya.


  • 2016–present
    Wellcome Trust Fellow, Kenya Medical Research Institute
  • 2015–present
    Clinical assistant professor, Washington State University
  • 2013–2014
    Research assistant professor, Washington State University
  • 2012–2013
    Postdoctoral research associate, Washington State University


  • 2012 
    University of Edinburgh, PhD Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • 2008 
    University of Nairobi, MSc Genetics and Animal Breeding
  • 2005 
    University of Nairobi, Veterinary Medicine and Surgery