Based full-time in East Africa, Dr. Lankester is involved with a number of ‘one-health’ research initiatives that focus on infectious diseases, primarily rabies and malignant catarrhal fever (MCF). These diseases impact public and wild animal health, as well as livestock health.
Dr. Lankester’s research is in:
- Improving strategies for regional elimination of rabies.
- Developing an effective vaccine strategy for MCF and assessing economic impact of the disease.
- The conservation of West and Central African primates through law enforcement, education, habitat protection, and reintroduction programs.
In association with colleagues at University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Dr. Lankester has developed effective strategies for rabies elimination on a local scale and is working to achieve regional rabies elimination. He and his colleagues have identified differences in the efficacy of a novel vaccine strategy for MCF when used in Tanzanian cattle as compared to British cattle. They have begun characterizing the economic impact the disease has on pastoralist livelihoods. Dr. Lankester is currently supervising four master’s students conducting research projects on rabies and MCF at The Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology.
Dr. Lankester is a clinical assistant professor at the WSU Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, director of the Serengeti Health Initiative, and director of the Pandrillus Foundation, which is a non-governmental organization conservation based in Nigeria and Cameroon that works towards conservation of endangered primate species and their habitats.