Farah Ishtiaq is an evolutionary ecologist interested in the ecology and evolution of emerging vector-borne diseases. Her experience in research and conservation is based on 17 years of involvement in various projects around the world. After completing her PhD from Aligarh Muslim University, India, she took up post-doctoral positions in the Smithsonian Institute, USA; the Edward Grey Institute, University of Oxford, UK and the Global Health Program of Wildlife Conservation Society, USA. Prior to joining TIGS she was working as a Wellcome Trust/DBT Intermediate Fellow at the Center for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, India. She has been working on the epidemiology of avian malaria and the spread of the disease in high-altitude malaria-free zones. At TIGS, her expertise in the population genetics of vector species will be extended to mosquitoes that cause diseases in humans.