Frances Knight, PhD, MSc
Home Institution: Vanderbilt University
Fellowship Site: University of Zambia School of Medicine/University Teaching Hospital
Research Topic: Feasibility and Acceptability of Implementing HIV Testing in Schools in Combination with HPV Vaccination
Dr. Knight will spend her fellowship year at the Ministry of Health and the University of Zambia in Lusaka under the mentorship of Douglas Heimburger, MD, MS, Lloyd Mulenga, MBChB, MSc, MMed, PhD and Kumbutso Dzekedzeke, PhD, MS. Her research will focus on assessing the feasibility and acceptability of lowering the age of consent for HIV testing and implementing HIV testing in conjunction with HPV vaccination in schools in Zambia. Dr. Knight completed her PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 2020 at Vanderbilt University, where she developed engineered nanoparticle vaccines for an improved immune response, against respiratory infections such as influenza. Also at Vanderbilt, she completed a Graduate Certificate in Global Health and worked with Lwala Community Alliance. Dr. Knight also holds an MSc in Immunology & Global Health from the National University of Ireland in Maynooth. Dr. Knight is passionate about global health and aims to utilize her interdisciplinary background to improve access to and understanding of important public health interventions, such as immunization, in low- and middle-income Frances countries as well as at home in the US.