Dr George Githinji
Postdoctoral research scientist
I hold a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science and technology and a PhD from the Open University (UK) in collaboration with KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme. During my PhD programme, I investigated the extent of sequence and epitope diversity from a short region of the PfEMP1 molecule that is associated with characteristic expression patterns in severe and non-severe malaria cases. Thereafter I joined the Virus Epidemiology and Control Group lead by Prof James Nokes as an early career postdoctoral fellow with funding support from IDeAL. At VEC group, I utilise computational approaches to study RSV virus diversity and transmission patterns during outbreaks. I am interested in virus epidemiology, transmission and evolution and in developing computational methods for processing large-scale genomic data and exploring biological sequence diversity.