Touré is leader for the Vectors, Environment and Society unit of WHO/TDR, Geneva. Before joining TDR, he was a researcher in medical entomology and professor of cell biology and genetics in the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy (FMPOS), Bamako, Mali; director general of the National Research Council (CNRST) of Mali; and head of the Malaria Research and Training Center (MRTC), FMPOS. He holds a PhD (1985) in life sciences (vector population ecological genetics) from Université de Droit, d'Economie et des Sciences d'Aix-Marseille III, France. His honours include: Etoile d'argent du Mérite National du Mali avec effigie Abeille. He was a member of several WHO/TDR steering committees, the WHO Expert Committee for Vector Biology and Control and several scientific and technical advisory committees of research institutes in Mali and West Africa.