Anitha Philbert is a lecturer in the department of Zoology and Wildlife Conservation of the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), Tanzania. Anitha earned her PhD from University of Dar es Salaam in Applied Zoology with a focus on vector biology with support from the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) and The Germany Academic Exchange (DAAD) in 26. Her research interest is on vector-borne diseases (Malaria, Dengue, RVF and Yellow Fever vectors). Dr. Anitha is currently working on two projects: one is establishing the effect of vector resistance on malaria parasite transmission potentials. Another project is characterizing arbovirus vectors and serotypes at the human-wildlife interface. Drawing from her past experiences, Anitha has a strong passion to research on of vector-borne diseases. She is also interested in multidesplinary work, bridging scientists, policy makers and local communities towards creating a vector borne diseases free world.