Home Institution: University of Zambia/TROPGAN
Fellowship Site: University of Zambia/TROPGAN
Research Topic: Malnutrition, enteropathy, and human immunodeficiency virus exposure
Ms. Besa will spend her fellowship year at the University of Zambia/TROPGAN in Lukasa under the mentorship of Paul Kelly, MD, FRCP and Douglas Heimburger, MD. Her re-search will focus on understanding the effect of Malnutrition, Enteropathy, and Human Immunodeficiency Virus exposure on nutrient sensing in the gastrointestinal tract in children. Ms. Besa is a research scientist in the Tropical Gastroenterology and Nutrition (TROPGAN) Research Laboratory, who is currently completing her PhD in Physiology at the University of Zambia (UNZA). She is an early career researcher passionate about improving the welfare of children from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, as the greatest burden of malnutrition and disease falls on this population. Ms. Besa is keen to help find solutions to problems related to malnutrition by conducting translational research that bridges the gap between the 'bench and the bedside.' Support should be targeted to the most vulnerable in society and Ms. Besa believes this research will contribute to the overall development of the next generation in Zambia and other developing countries.