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Rachel Achilla

Country of origin: Kenya Currently in: Kenya, Nairobi General field of specialization: Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology
Academic Background

Degrees

1994 Undergraduate Biological Systems and Organisms
1995 Undergraduate Biological Systems and Organisms
1997 Master Biological Systems and Organisms
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences

Surveillance of Influenza and other respiratory viruses circulating in Kenya through designated sentinel field sites

Research Keywords: 
Infuenza
surveillance
respiratory viruses

Publications resulting from Research: 


Introduction and Transmission of 2009 Pandemic Influenza A (H1N1) Virus — Kenya, June–July 2009. Tabu, C., S. Sharif, P. Okoth, J. Kioko, C. Nzioka, P. Muthoka, M. Ope, S. Makama, R. Kalani, W. Ochieng, J. Simwa, D. Schnabel, W. Bulimo, R. Achilla, J. Onsongo, K. Njenga, R. Breiman, A. Kearney, A. Sick, R. Harris, E. Lebo, P. Munyua, L. Wakhule, L. Waiboci-Muhia, S. Gikundi, S. Gikunju, V. Omballa, L. Nderitu, L. Mayieka, W. Kabura, S. Omulo, D. Odhiambo, C. Wachira, G. Kikwai, D. Feikin, and M. Katz. 2009. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 58:1144-1146.

Hospitalized patients with pandemic (H1N1) 2009, Kenya. Osoro, E.M., Munyua, P., Muthoka, P., Gikundi, S., Njenga, M.K., Lifumo, S., Achilla, R., Waiboci, L., Nzioka, C., Omolo, J., Feikin, D.R., Breiman, R.F., Katz, M.A. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2011 Sep; 17(9):1744-6.

Molecular Characterization and Phylogenetic Analysis of Human Influenza A (H1N1) Viruses Circulating in Kenya from 2007-2008 Using the HA1 Protein Wallace D. Bulimo, Rachel A. Achilla, Janet Majanja, Silvanos Mukunzi, Meshack Wadegu, David C. Schnabel Journal of Infectious diseases

Molecular Characterization and Phylogenetic Analysis of the Hemagglutinin 1 Protein of Human Influenza A Virus Subtype H1N1Circulating in Kenya During 2007–2008. Wallace D. Bulimo, Rachel A. Achilla, Janet Majanja, Silvanos Mukunzi, Meshack Wadegu, Finnley Osunna,Josephat Mwangi, James Njiri, Julia Wangui, Janet Nyambura, Beryl Obura, Ken Mitei, Duke Omariba, Shirley Segecha, Martha Nderitu, Alfred Odindo, Charles Adega, Jeremiah Kiponda, Ruth Mupa, Frida Munyazi,George Kissinger, Mohammed Mwakuzimu, Diana Kamola, Elias Muhidin, Daniel Kamau, Steve Kairithia,Margaret Koech, Alice Sang, Lynette Ongéta, David C. Schnabel. JID 2012:206 (Suppl 1) S46-S52

Epidemiology of 2009 Pandemic Influenza A Virus Subtype H1N1 Among Kenyans Aged 2 Months to 18 Years, 2009–2010 Karen K. Wong, Wallace D. Bulimo, Japhet Magana, Rachel A. Achilla, Sandra K. Schwarcz, Maylor Simwa, Janet M. Majanja, Meshack O. Wadegu, Finley A. Osuna, Silvanos O. Mukunzi, Josephat K. Mwangi, Julia M. Wangui, Janet N. Muthoni, James O. Njiri, Beryl D. Obura, Benjamin H. Opot, Keneth K. Mitei, Jane Barani, Samwel Lifumo, and David C. Schnabel J Infect Dis. (2012) 206(suppl 1): S68-S73

Influenza Surveillance Among Children With Pneumonia Admitted to a District Hospital in Coastal Kenya, 2007–2010 Clayton O. Onyango, Regina Njeru, 1 Sidi Kazungu, Rachel Achilla, Wallace Bulimo, Stephen R. Welch, Patricia A. Cane, Rory N. Gunson, Laura L. Hammitt, J. Anthony G. Scott, James A. Berkley, D. James Nokes J Infect Dis. (2012) 206(suppl 1): S61-S67

Were the WHO-recommended Human Influenza Vaccine Formulations Appropriate for Kenya During the 2010-2011 Season? Inferences from the HA1 Gene Analysis Wallace D. Bulimo, Silvanos Mukunzi, Rachel Achilla, Benjamin H. Opot, Finley Osuna, Janet Majanja, Meshack Wadegu and Eyako K. Wurapa. Afr. J. Pharmacol. Ther. 2012. 1(2): S61-S67
Impact of Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 Virus on Circulation Dynamics of Seasonal Influenza Strains in Kenya. Janet Majanja, Rose N. Njoroge, Rachel Achilla, Eyako K. Wurapa, Meshack Wadegu, Silvanos Mukunzi, Josephat Mwangi, James Njiri, George Gachara, and Wallace Bulimo. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg., 88(5), 2013, pp. 940–945



Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
Research
Senior research officer National Influenza center and PhD student in Molecular medicine