Katerina Cheliotis

I graduated with a 1st class BSc (Hons) in Biological and Medical Sciences from the University of Liverpool in 2016. 

My passion for alleviating social inequities around the world, particularly regarding access to healthcare, grew immensely during my time at university. Global Health stood out as an area that would enable me to conduct research that would serve the most vulnerable and under-served people around the world. After I graduated, I began working as a Journal Development Editor for BioMed Central, a pioneer of open access publishing. I was then given the opportunity to work as a Unilever-funded Research in Medecine Assistant in the Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine at King’s College London under the supervision of Professor Fiona Watt conducting fascinating and cutting-edge research. My time at the CSCRM solidified my desire to work as part of a large interdisciplinary research network at the forefront of medical research. The MRes year that I undertook as part of the MRC DTP enabled me to develop my (rather lacking) skills in quantitative analysis and R software as well as giving me a broad view on different areas of the Global Health field. My current PhD project involves identifying novel protein targets for a vaccine against pneumonia, which is the leading infectious cause of death in children under 5 worldwide killing an estimated 1.4 million children under 5 annually. My project will use the MRC-funded Experimental Human Pneumococcal Carriage model of infection, which is unique in the world. Outside of my project, I travel as often as I can. I am determined to see as much of the world as possible (another perk of working in Global Health) and love to immerse myself in new cultures and meet new people! I practice yoga, play piano and enjoy spending most of my time around dogs and horses.

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