Isabella is the Head of Bioscience. The role involves leading the team which works on basic science research in malaria, arboviruses, HIV, enteric and respiratory viruses and malnutrition studies. The research is supported by a laboratory platform that includes clinical trials, microbiology, CAT3, immunology and a biobank and facilities such as next-generation sequencing, mass-spectrometry, flow cytometry and molecular biology. Isabella has a BSc from the University of Nottingham in Molecular Cell Biology and a PhD from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine supported by a Gates Malaria Partnership Scholarship. She joined the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) in 2006 as a Post-doctoral research assistant, working on studies of natural selection in the malaria parasite with a focus on merozoite antigen diversity. Since then she has worked on a collaborative population genetics project spending time in the MRC, The Gambia, developed a molecular biology laboratory at the Centre for Biotechnology and Bioinformatics (CEBIB), University of Nairobi, in 2011, as a Visiting Lecturer where she supervised MSc and PhD students. She has received funding: a re-entry grant from the Malaria Capacity Development Consortium (MCDC), supported and supervised a Wellcome Trust MSc fellow, received an MCDC initiative award and MCDC career development group funding to support her research and capacity building activities at CEBIB. She is currently a Wellcome Trust Intermediate fellow, conducting her research in collaboration with Dr Julian Rayner (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute) to develop a novel strategy for understanding the functional impact of variation in P. falciparum merozoite vaccine candidates. She also supervises MSc and PhD students and has continued interest in the molecular epidemiology of antimalarial resistance and in understanding asymptomatic malaria infections.