Valentina Ndolo

Valentina Ndolo

  • Scholar
  • Kenya
  • 2018 PhD Veterinary Medicine
  • Churchill College

I developed a passion for infectious disease research whilst undertaking my BSc in Biochemistry at the University of Nairobi. Upon graduating in 2013, I was offered an internship at the KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme where I did a study alongside the malaria immunology group. I later joined the US Army Medical Research Unit to work alongside the influenza surveillance group. In July 2015, I was offered a Commonwealth Scholarship by DFID to pursue an MSc in International Health & Tropical Medicine at the University of Oxford. Consequently, I worked with the malaria vaccine research group at the Jenner Institute for my thesis project. I also founded the STEMing Africa Initiative to advocate for the active inclusion of women in STEM by supporting talented female graduates in STEM to secure scholarships for advanced degrees at leading universities worldwide. The modest awards from the Western Union, UNESCO, the Forum for African Women Educationalists, and the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) helped me to spearhead this program. I also got an opportunity to enhance my leadership skills whilst participating as a fellow in the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship, a flagship programme started by former president Barack Obama to connect young African leaders with leaders from the United States. The Gates Cambridge scholarship will enable me to do a PhD in Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge. I want to conduct a spatial analysis of anthrax occurrence patterns in Uganda using the ecological niche model. Anthrax threatens food security and the economic productivity of Uganda. This study will apply mathematical modelling to develop risk maps to guide the activities of the government and other stakeholders involved in the control of Anthrax in Uganda.

Previous Education

University Of Nairobi
University of Oxford