Dr. Silvia Kariuki
Post - Doc
Sylvia is a post-doctoral fellow in the Host Genetic Factors group led by Professor Thomas Williams. She joined the programme in 2016 broadly interested in the genetic architecture of complex traits, specifically identifying genetic factors associated with disease susceptibility. Her doctoral thesis work at the University of Chicago involved endophenotype mapping to identify novel genetic polymorphisms associated with complex traits such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and vitamin D response in the immune system. Her post-doctoral work at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme involves functional validation of genetic polymorphisms that confer substantial protection against severe malaria.