Faith Osier, PhD

Professor of Malaria Inmunology
KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, KENYA
Parasitology Dept, Heidelberg University Hospital, GERMANY


Faith Osier trained as a paediatrician in Kenya, specialized in immunology in Liverpool, and obtained a PhD from the Open University in the UK. She leads two core teams of scientists located at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kenya and the Heidelberg University Hospital in Germany. As a Group Leader in Malaria Vaccine Development, she focuses on vaccine candidate discovery, the identification of correlates of protection and the mechanisms that underpin protective immunity. Her vision is to ‘Make Malaria History’ through vaccination. She also aims to inspire and support the next generation of African scientists to provide the solutions that the continent urgently needs. Her work has led to international honors and prizes, including the Royal Society Pfizer Prize, the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, and an UKRI African Research Leader Award. She is a TED Fellow, an EDCTP Senior Fellow and an official #TOGETHERBAND Ambassador for the United Nations Global Goal 3. She is the current President of the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) and serves on multiple international funding and expert panels.