Silvia Alonso

Silvia Alonso
Senior Scientist
International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
Degree Information: 
Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, Higher Education, King's College, London
Diplomate ECVPH, Population Medicine, European College of Veterinary Public Health
MSc, Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London
Ph.D, Veterinary Public Health and Microbiology, Università di Bologna
DVM, University of Leon
Specialization: 
Disease Burden
Biography: 

Silvia Alonso is a senior scientist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She is a veterinarian with postgraduate training in epidemiology and public health. She holds a MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a PhD in veterinary public health. She is also a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Public Health and the Chair of the ethics IRB at ILRI. She has more than 15 years of experience in public health research, both in Europe and internationally. Her research looks at the interface between livestock production and human health, including nutrition. Over the past few years she has been involved in a range of projects looking at the epidemiology and control of different zoonoses, mainly foodborne, and on strategies for sustainable food safety in informal markets in low and middle-income countries. Her current research explores how to leverage livestock value chains to improve health and nutrition. As part of the TARTARE project, Silvia is the ILRI lead for the TARTARE project and will support the implementation of the epidemiological studies that will help estimate the health burden associated with the target foodborne pathogens in Ethiopia.