ORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5594-4418

Hussein Abkallo is a research fellow at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya. His main task involves the establishment of the cutting edge CRISPR/Cas9 technology for editing ASF virus genome, as well as the development of a reverse genetics (synthetic biology) system for generating synthetic ASF viral genomes, with a view to developing live attenuated vaccines (LAVs) against ASF virus.

Hussein is a Biomedical Scientist who holds a PhD & MSc in Medical Sciences (Infections Research) from the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University, Japan and BSc Biomedical Sciences from Maseno University, Kenya. Before joining ILRI, he was a Royal Society Newton International Fellow at the University of Edinburgh in the UK where he was using CRISPR/Cas9 to edit P. falciparum genome. 

Hussein is keen on broader applications of CRISPR/Cas9 technology and Synthetic biology includingdevelopment of vaccines, socio-economic inventions, and expanding the uptake of synthetic biology on the continent.