Dr. Noor graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Surveying from the University of Nairobi in 1999. Following an internship at the International Research on Livestock Institute he joined the KEMRI/Wellcome Trust Research Programme in 2000. He completed his PhD on Spatial Epidemiology to develop models of access to and use of government health services in Kenya in 2005 with the Open University, UK and the University of Oxford, UK. In 2007 he was awarded a Research Training Fellowship by the Wellcome Trust to investigate the spatial and socio-economic determinants of access to and use of health interventions among rural African communities, particularly the understanding and modeling of the dynamics of insecticide treated net uptake. In 2009 Noor was awarded one of the most prestigious regional science awards, the African Union Young National Scientist of the Year award. Noor’s research interests now include new elements of changing malaria risk in Africa – the definition, measurement and spatial modeling of malaria risk in areas of low transmission. For this work Noor was awarded a five-year Intermediate Fellowship by the Wellcome Trust UK in 2010.
Noor is an honorary lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Department of Geospatial Engineering & Space Technology, Technical Advisor to the Kenyan Government’s Division of Malaria Control and supports other Ministries of Health in the region notably in Somalia, Djibouti and Sudan. He is a member of the Roll Back Malaria Monitoring and Evaluation Resource Group. He is currently an honorary Visiting Fellow at the Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford and serves on the KEMRI/Wellcome Trust Research Programme’s Executive Strategic Development Committee.