Kristina holds a DVM and a PhD of Biomedical Sciences of Freie Universität Berlin (FUB), Germany, and joined ILRI as a graduate fellow during the final synthesis activities of the BMZ/GIZ-funded, ILRI-led Safe Food, Fair Food project in 2011. From 2012 to 2016 she was jointly appointed by FUB as a research fellow to complete her PhD on pig parasites in Uganda and by ILRI as the coordinator of the second phase of the Safe Food, Fair Food project. She now leads a new ILRI-led BMZ investment on improving animal and human health in Uganda (2019-2023) and helps conceptualizing the BMZ-funded ILRI One Health centre for Africa (2020-2024).
Prior to her veterinary studies she volunteered in forest conservation in Malawi using participatory methods in tackling the human-elephant conflict. As a student she worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Parasitology and Tropical Veterinary Medicine at FUB, supporting field work on emerging tropical vector-borne livestock diseaes in Europe and parasitological surveys in West Africa. Particular interests include research on the epidemiology of diseases at the interface of livestock, wildlife and human health, parasitology, working with students well as North-South and South-South technology and knowledge transfer.
Interim Coordinator BMZ-funded One Health centre (2020-2024)
Coordinator BMZ-funded project "Boosting Uganda's Investment in Livestock Development" (#BuildUganda) (2019-2023)
Coordinator BMZ/GIZ "Safe Food, Fair Food" project (2012-2016)