Research Impact Officer
Lena completed her PhD in Evolutionary Biology at Imperial College London in 2010. Her thesis examined co-evolutionary interactions between Anopheles mosquitoes, microsporidians and malaria parasites in the laboratory. Lena then moved to Tanzania to work on more operational malaria and mosquito control options at the Ifakara Health Institute. She was a post-doctoral research fellow (2011-16) and assistant professor (2016-18) at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, coordinating a large-scale mosquito net durability project in Tanzania. She taught MSc and PhD students in study design, statistical analysis and (biological) control of disease vectors. Lena also acted as co-chair of the ‘Long-Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLIN) priorities’ workstream within the Roll Back Malaria Partnership-Vector Control Working Group (2015-18).
In July 2018, Lena joined the College Office of the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh as Research Impact Officer. Her role is to work with College researchers, academics and clinicians to identify, broaden, report and evidence the real world benefits (= impact) of their research studies. She is supporting the College's Research Excellence Framework (REF) submission but also more broadly developing a Research Impact Strategy for the College and providing a service for researchers who want to enhance the impact of their research. Lena also supports the International Committee, coordinates the Research in Malawi working group and organises reviews of internal College processes.
2012 – 2016 Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning (PGCILT) Modules 1 & 2 LSHTM, UK
2006 – 2010 PhD: “Towards Evolution-Proof Malaria Control with a Microsporidian Parasite” Silwood Park Campus, Division of Biology, Imperial College London, UK (Supervisor: Prof. Jacob C. Koella)
2003 – 2006 BSc (Hons) 2.1, Zoology; University of Bristol, UK