Matt Kirby graduated with a 1st class degree in Ecology from the University of East Anglia and then completed the MSc in Biology and Control of Disease Vectors at LSHTM in 2000. From there he joined the medical entomology team at Durham University and conducted his PhD under the supervision of Prof Steve Lindsay, exploring behavioural and physiological differences between Anopheles gambiae s.s. and An. arabiensis under diffferent environmental conditions. As a post-doc he demonstrated the efficacy of house screening against malaria mosquitoes in The Gambia (based at the Medical Reseach Council facilities in Farafenni). He moved to Tanzania in 2008 working with Wageningen University and the Ifakara Health Institute on entomopathogenic fungi, and he joined DCD in 2010, based at Muheza in Tanzania where he was the local PI for a trial of insecticide-treated bed sheets and also the coordination manager for other joint LSHTM/NIMR/WHO projects. He worked for Malaria Consortium on the Beyond Garki trial in Cambodia, Ethiopia and Uganda from 2012-2014, and recently rejoined DCD as a project manager for the PAMVERC (Pan-African Malaria Vector Research Consortium) project portfolio in Moshi, Tanzania