Prof. Faith Osier
Faith holds an intermediate level fellowship from the Wellcome Trust, UK and the prestigious MRC/DfID African Research Leader Award. She works at KEMRI/Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi, Kenya and is a Visiting Professor of Malaria Immunology at the University of Oxford, UK. She is Secretary General to the Federation of African Immunological Societies (FAIS).
Her research is focused on understanding how humans acquire immunity to malaria, with the ultimate aim of translating this knowledge into effective malaria vaccines. Her group studies responses to blood stage parasite antigens in longitudinally monitored cohorts of children in Kenya, and more recently in multiple malaria-endemic African countries. Key findings from her work have been that the breadth and magnitude of key antibody responses to multiple parasite targets are strong correlates of acquired immunity to malaria, and that there are potentially many more antigens that contribute to immunity than previously thought.