Ms. Florence Urio (PhD Research Fellow)

Ms. Urio has a background in Molecular Biology and Chemistry, having achieved her Bachelor's degree in Science at University of Namibia, Namibia in 2008. She completed her Master of Science at Linköping University, Sweden in 2012. This included a research project on “Epstein Barr Virus immortalization and characterization of Malaria specific B-cells from immune donors” in Prof. Mats Wahlgren's group at Karolinska Institute through which she developed her knowledge of malaria and technical skills in Parasitology and Immunology. She is an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Biochemistry and finalizing her PhD studies in Molecular Hematology at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences. Her main goal is to be able to determine the genetic determinants and prognostic role of F cells in Sickle cell anemia and Malaria. Florence has also published 6 papers in the area of Sickle cell disease and Malaria in International Journals. She is currently an Fcell Study Lead for Sickle Pan-African Research Consortium (SPARCO)-Tanzania