Short CV/Education and training

  • I trained as a clinician at the University of Nairobi, Kenya and obtained my MBChB degree in 1996. I immediately took up my Medical Internship at Coast General Provincial Hospital, in Kenya where I also worked as a Medical Officer in the department of Medicine until March 1998. Thereafter I took up a post as a Medical Officer/Research Officer at KEMRI-Kilifi, working in the Paediatrics Department of Kilifi District Hospital. It was here that I began to develop a career in research, engaging in clinical research studies and actively taking part in institutional academic meetings including weekly journal clubs and seminars. I subsequently specialized in Paediatrics, training both in Kenya and the United Kingdom, becoming a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health UK in 2003 and a Consultant Paediatrician in Kenya in 2009. In 2004 I undertook a Masters in Human Immunity at the University of Liverpool, UK where I graduated with distinction, and was awarded a prize for being the best student of the year in the Department of Immunology. I have a PhD from the Open University, UK and currently work as a Clinical Research Fellow and Group Leader at the KEMRI-CGMR-C in Kilifi. I hold an Intermediate Fellowship in Public Health and Tropical Medicine from the Wellcome Trust, UK, and the prestigious MRC/DfID African Research Leader Award. In 2014 I received 3 international awards including the Royal Society Pfizer Award in recognition of my contributions towards understanding naturally acquired immunity against malaria in man. I was also appointed Visiting Professor of Immunology in the Nuffield Department of Medicine at Oxford University, UK and am the Secretary General of the Federation of African Immunological Societies (FAIS). In Kilifi I head the Biosciences Dept, have an active role in capacity building for African Scientists and am building up a dynamic research group.

Selected publications

  • Rono J, Färnert A, Murungi L, Ojal J, Kamuyu G, Guleid F, Nyangweso G, Wambua J, Kitsao B, Olotu A, Marsh K, Osier FH. Multiple clinical episodes of Plasmodium falciparum malaria in a low transmission intensity setting: exposure versus immunity. BMC Med. 2015 May 13;13(1):114.

  • Boyle MJ, Reiling L, Feng G, Langer C, Osier FH, Aspeling-Jones H, Cheng Y, Stubbs J, Tetteh KK, Conway DJ, McCarthy JS, Muller I, Marsh K, Anders RF, Beeson JG. Human Antibodies Fix Complement to Inhibit Plasmodium falciparum Invasion of Erythrocytes and Are Associated with Protection against Malaria. Immunity. 2015 Mar 17;42(3):580-90.

  • Osier FH, Mackinnon MJ, Crosnier C, Fegan G, Kamuyu G, Wanaguru M, Ogada E, McDade B, Rayner JC, Wright GJ, Marsh K. New antigens for a multicomponent blood-stage malaria vaccine. Sci Transl Med. 2014 Jul 30;6(247):247ra102.

  • Osier FHA, Feng G, Boyle MJ, Langer C, Zhou J, Richards JS, McCallum FJ, Reiling L, Jaworowski A, Anders R, Marsh K, Beeson JG. Opsonic phagocytosis of Plasmodium falciparum merozoites: mechanism in human immunity and a correlate of protection against malaria. BMC Med. 2014 Jul 1;12:108..

  • Osier FHA, Fegan G, Polley SD, Murungi L, Verra F, Tetteh KKA, Lowe B, Mwangi T, Bull PC, Thomas AW, Cavanagh DR, McBride JS, Lanar DE, Mackinnon M, Conway DJ, Marsh K. “Breadth and magnitude of antibody responses to multiple Plasmodium falciparum merozoite antigens are associated with protection from clinical malaria.” Infect Immun. 2008 May;76(5):2240-8.

Selected projects

  • Defining the merozoite targets of protective immunity against Plasmodium falciparum malaria through multi-centre cohort studies

  • Comprehensive analysis of the antibody targets of Plasmodium falciparum merozoites and identification of antigens important in the development of naturally acquired immunity to malaria

  • Accelerating the development of next generation malaria vaccines through development of innovative trial designs in malaria-endemic areas

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Secretary General, Federation of African Immunological Societies

  • Editorial Board Member, BMC Medicine

  • Associate Editor, BMC Infectious Diseases

  • Member, Kenya Society for Immunology

Media coverage


  • v–-Brain-Drain-Retaining-Africas-Talent.aspx

  • SciDevNet: Rolling out malaria vaccine research across Africa

  • Health Kenya blog

  • Medical Research Council, UK: Insight

  • Wellcome Trust: Researcher Spotlight

Additional qualifications

  • 2004 Masters in Human Immunity

  • 2003 Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

  • 1996 Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Development of an effective vaccine against Plasmodium falciparum malaria

Soft Skills

  • Good communication and presentation skills

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Married with 2 children, a third on the way....


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