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
2014 Royal Society Pfizer Prize Seminar
Royal Society Pfizer Prize Seminar with Dr Faith Osier
SciDevNet: Rolling out malaria vaccine research across Africa
The Royal Society in London, United Kingdom, 2014
Vaccines give people a chance to realize their dreams
United Nations Global Goals 2020
Department of Infectious Diseases, Parasitology Heidelberg University Medical Faculty
69120 Heidelberg, Germany
KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme
80108 Kilifi, Kenya