Emily WaigiCountry of origin: Kenya Currently in: Kenya, Limuru General field of specialization: Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology
Degrees2013 Undergraduate Other2018 Master Other
Current Research Activities
Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology
working on my Masters research project focusing on cancer immunotherapy and involving the generation of cancer antigen-specific T memory stem cells (Tscm) from human PBMCs. Working with a team towards the establishment of a stem cell research unit at the Center for Biotechnology Research and Development (CBRD) in KEMRI, Nairobi.
Current professionCurrent professional activities type:ResearchI am a research scientist involved in carrying out research in the field of cancer immunotherapy. As such, I am involved in different laboratory activities including carrying out cell culture work and different molecular assays. I also work with a team which purposes to develop proposals targeting various fields of stem cell application including in diabetes and malnutrition. An Assistant Research Officer at the Immunology section of CBRD in charge of both undergraduate and graduate trainees on attachment. I orient, train and teach them on both the theoretical and practical skills involved in CD4 enumeration using the BD FACS calibur flow cytometry equipment. Assigned secretary of the CBRD Scientific Committee which is in charge in overseeing that all the scientific and extracurricular activities within the center run smoothly.
Workshop and Conference Attended2017 KEMRI, Nairobi Introduction to Phylogenetics by Inqaba Biotech2017 KEMRI, Nairobi Training on scientific writing, publication, knowledge sharing and dissemination of information2017 KEMRI, Nairobi REDCAP Data Management training2017 KEMRI, Nairobi Training on the application of the BD FACSCantoII in collaboration with ICL, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and facilitated by BD Biosciences2016 KEMRI, Nairobi Workshop on applied linear regression and logistic regression2015 KEMRI, Nairobi Training on sand fly identification and leishmaniasis diagnosis2014 KEMRI, Nairobi USAMRU-K Training on Ebola Prevention and Control2014 KEMRI, Nairobi KEMRI Annual Scientific and Health Conference (KASH)2014 KEMRI, Nairobi Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP) Training
AffiliationsChristian Scientific Association of Kenya (CSAK)
Presentation given2017Quantification and comparison of the metabolic gene expression patterns (transcriptomic) of AFP Antigen specific T cells during singular and concurrent application of IL-21 and Rapamycin in vitro.Port Louis, Mauritius.Event: UNESCO-Merck Africa Research summit: The theme of the summit was the role of scientific research in responding to cancer and vaccine development-two emerging challenges in Africa
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