Jenniffer Mabuka- Maroa currently works as an independent consultant focused on building Research and Development ecosystems in Africa.
Previously, Jenn worked for the African Academy of Sciences as a program manager responsible for the Genetics/Genomics and Clinical trials portfolios. Prior to this, she spent 16 years doing HIV-1 clinical research. Specifically, she investigated host immune responses in mother-to-child transmission of HIV-1 with a focus on breast milk transmission and explored antibody evolution in natural HIV-1 infection with the goal of informing antibody-based vaccine design.
She has 5 first-author publications and contributed to 24 others all with over 400 citations. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Seattle within an interdisciplinary program (Pathobiology) that integrates fundamental concepts in biology, medicine, and public health as applied to infectious diseases of global health importance. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at KwaZulu Natal Research Institute for TB and HIV (K-RITH), South Africa. After her postdoc fellowship, Jenn worked as a research associate with the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard and was a visiting research collaborator at K-RITH (Now Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI), South Africa. Jenn is a clinical associate professor at the University of Washington in Seattle and a 2018 Aspen New Voices Fellow.