CHMI, Kenya Medical Research Institute
KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme and University of Oxford
Melissa attended the University of Zambia (1999-2004) where she undertook a BSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics. Upon receipt of a Commonwealth Scholarship, Melissa read for an MSc in Immunology of Infectious Diseases (2006-2007), at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Thereafter, she took up a post at the University of Zambia (Biological Sciences Department and School of Medicine) and in addition, worked in Paul Kelly’s lab, looking at oral immune responses to vaccination (Tropical Gastroenterology & Nutrition Group – 2007-2009). In 2009, she received further Commonwealth Scholarship funding for DPhil research on malaria transmission-blocking vaccines in Adrian Hill’s lab, Jenner Institute, University of Oxford (2009-2014). In May of 2013, Melissa took up a post-doctoral position with Kevin Marsh and Philip Bejon at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi working on assessing the infectious reservoir of malaria as well as developing and setting up infection malaria models to especially study naturally acquired immunity to malaria and measuring transmission from humans to mosquitoes. Her main interests are in understanding immunological aspects of malaria transmission with the aim of identifying and developing vaccine candidate targets.