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About me

Hi!  I am a pediatrician, scientist, strategist, educator and me thinks…an expert communicator.

 I believe that people are the world’s most powerful resource. My vision is to “Make Malaria History” through vaccination. I also dream of an “Army of African Scientists”. Highly skilled individuals that will tackle Africa’s medical challenges, improving the physical and economic well-being of the continent.  Health is Wealth!

I love to simplify science, re-packaging it to suit a target audience. I am a career advisor, mentor and have a global footprint as a motivational speaker.

I hope to inspire African men and women engaged internationally in science and leadership.


Keynote at the Falling Walls Conference in Berlin, Nov. 2019

Make Malaria History


My research programme has three broad themes:

1) vaccine candidate discovery

2) antibody correlates of protection

3) mechanisms of immunity


My research group is spread over two continents, at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi, Kenya & at the Heidelberg University Hospital, in Heidelberg, Germany


Educating Scientists as key of change

  • Training of African and international scientists 

  •  FAIS Legacy Project- building a core of immunologists on the continent

  • Active in International Capacity Building Initiatives: IDeAL, TIBA, WACCBIP

  • Commitment as career advisor and motivational speaker


S.M.A.R.T - South-south Malaria Antigen Research parTnership

  • Leading a Network of African and International scientists

  • Archive of 10,000 serum samples and epidemiological data

Goal: identifying correlates of protection against malaria & training African scientists




TED talk: The key to a better malaria vaccine

TED 2018 - The Age Of Amazement,

Vancouver, Canada. April 2018

2014Royal Pfizer Prize Seminar
00:00 / 01:04


2014 Royal Society Pfizer Prize Seminar 

Royal Society Pfizer Prize Seminar with Dr Faith Osier
October 2014

2014SciDevNet: Rolling out malaria vaccine research across Africa
00:00 / 01:04


SciDevNet: Rolling out malaria vaccine research across Africa
The Royal Society in London, United Kingdom 2014


Malaria Immunology

Falling Walls Foundation

Falling Walls Conference 2019

Berlin, 8/9 November 2019


Grand Challenges Spotlight Talk VI

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. October 30, 2019


1000 African immunologists in 10 years

Professor Faith Osier from KWTRP (KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme) in Kilifi, Kenya, tells us about her project, as incoming President of the International Union of Immunological Societies, to support the training of immunologists from Africa

NDM Oxford. September, 2019


Make malaria history through vaccination

Professor Faith Osier from KWTRP (KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme) in Kilifi, Kenya, tells us about her research to design a better malaria vaccine

NDM Oxford. September, 2019





Scientific Citizenship


Let's talk

Department of Infectious Diseases, Parasitology Heidelberg University Medical Faculty
69120 Heidelberg, Germany 

Biosciences Department
KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme 

80108 Kilifi, Kenya