Christine T. Mwenge Kahinda
Tshibuayi (Christine) is a highly driven, motivated and ambitious individual. Her interest in bioscience stems from a childhood curiosity to understand the mechanisms underlying immunological responses in both health and disease. And how these could be manipulated for improved health outcome. Her educational background includes a Btech and Mtech degree in Biomedical Technology from the University of Johannesburg in South Africa, and a doctorate in Biologie Sante (Biological sciences and Health sciences) (PhD) degree from the University of Montpellier II in France. As a Btech student, Tshibuayi was a recipient of an NRF Scarce skills bursary and an MRC Work-study bursary. Her mini-project was on the assessment of DNA damage induced by two mycotoxins,namely fumonisin and deoxynivalenol using the comet assay. In 2006 she was the recipient of a NRF Masters Scarce skills bursary to work on the inflammatory reactivity of DNAPLs contaminated groundwater. In 2009 she was a recipient of a Marie Curie fellowship under the Biomalpar network (EU FP7 Framework funded project), her PhD project was conducted at the NIMR Mill Hill, where she characterized the immunopathology of virulent and avirulent Plasmodium chabaudi chabaudi infections in C57BL/6 mice. Upon completing her PhD, She took time off from science to start a family in 2012. She joined OBP in September 2013 to work as a researcher in their research and development unit. Her role as a researcher includes working on vaccine development projects from POC through to product development. Hence, her research interests are in immunology, Viral and bacterial vaccine development. However, her main interest is on vaccine candidates identification, vaccine formulation, efficacy and protective immunological responses (characterization of immune response in various ruminants or disease models); development of techniques or methods to determine vaccine efficacy and immunogenicity.