Epidemiology & Demography

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Dr. Sophie Uyoga

Principal Investigator


Trained as a biochemist in Kenya then specialized in immunology and later obtained a PhD from the University of Heidelberg. Sophie has great interest in understanding how human genetics influences susceptibility to infections. She joined the Programme in 2004. She obtained her BSc Science degree from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya in 2004 and MSc in Immunology from the University of Manchester, UK in 2009. In 2008, Sophie received a PhD fellowship from the EU Marie-Curie-Action InterMal Training Programme. In 2012 she completed her PhD at the University of Heidelberg, Germany on mechanisms of removal of red blood cells during the development of severe malaria anaemia and protection afforded by red blood cell polymorphisms. Sophie is also a part-time lecturer at the School of Pure and Applied Sciences, Pwani University College, Kilifi, Kenya