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Kapulu Melissa

Affiliateship: 2017 - 2021

Cohort 2

Country (Nationality)



Medical & Health Sciences


Ms Kapulu is a post-doctoral research scientist at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi, Kenya. Melissa trained in her home country of Zambia, at the University of Zambia (2004), Lusaka where she obtained her BSc in Biological Sciences with a bias in Molecular Biology and Genetics. During her undergraduate studies, she gained an interest in immunology and further pursued this by obtaining an MSc in Immunology of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2007, University of London, UK). Upon completion, keen on exploring the skills gained, she returned to Zambia where she taught various undergraduate programmes in the Schools of Natural Sciences and Medicine as well as pursuing research interests in understanding of immune responses to especially oral vaccines. In 2009, she followed up her interests in immunology by reading for a PhD at the Jenner Institute (University of Oxford, UK) working on pre-clinical development of malaria transmission-blocking vaccines. In 2013, she moved to Kilifi, Kenya based at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust to expand her work on malaria with key interest in understanding the epidemiology of malaria transmission from human to vector populations.