Victor Riitho

VictorI am a Kenyan post-doctoral researcher at the Blizard Insitute working on the immunology of advanced HIV infection. I will be involved in a follow up study to the REALITY trial looking at mechanisms underlying enhanced infection prophylaxis for advanced HIV in Africa. Prior to joining, I worked at the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi, Kenya on modern approaches to develop vaccines for African swine fever and at KEMRI-Wellcome Trust’s research programme in Kilifi, Kenya looking at T cell responses to Plasmodium falciparum erythrocyte membrane protein 1 (PfEMP1). I conducted my PhD studies in microbiology (immunology) at the University of Surrey/Animal Health Veterinary Laboratories Agency, Surrey, United Kingdom. I have a keen interest in vaccine/interventional research with a focus on understanding the immunobiology of infectious diseases of animals and humans, their causative agents and vectors with an emphasis on informing the design of better vaccines and interventions. I am also particularly interested in improving scientific engagement and capacity building in Africa. I am torn between my love of oceans and mountains.