Sokhna Thiam

Sokhna Thiam

Associate Research Scientist

ABOUT Sokhna Thiam

Dr. Thiam is an Environmental Epidemiologist. Her research focus is on environmental change and disease in people and wildlife, with a specific focus on climate change impacts on health.

She is currently a principal investigator of a project looking at the interlinkage between climate change, air quality, and urban greenspaces and how they
affect non-communicable diseases in Senegal and supports the Countdown 2030 Phase 3 project as a country focal point

She holds a Master’s degree in health geography from the University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar, Senegal. Additionally, she has a PhD in Epidemiology from the Swiss TPH, Basel, Switzerland, an associate institute of the University of Basel.

Before joining APHRC, she was a Post-Doctoral Scientific Collaborator at the Ecosystem Health Sciences Unit, in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, and at IRESSEF. Here she led postdoctoral research on climate change and diarrhoeal diseases in Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire.

Dr. Thiam has several years of experience in research leadership and policy engagement acquired at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) and at APHRC.
Sokhna is driven by evidence generation, for a better understanding of climate change impacts on health and climate actions in Africa, particularly in West Africa.