Based in Kenya
Dr. Patience Kiyuka is a scientist obsessed with science communication. Her goal is to contribute to building trust in science by ensuring that the work of scientists is understood and accessible to the general public. To this end, Patience has produced virtual reality videos, radio talk shows, and community theatre to communicate science to the lay public. Her academic qualifications include a Ph.D. in Life Sciences from the Open University, UK, an M.Sc. in Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a B.Sc. in Biochemistry from Kenyatta University, Kenya. Patience currently works as a Research Scientist at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) in Kenya, where she's involved in studies around epidemiology and immunology of infectious diseases. Before joining KEMRI, she held a Visiting Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA. Patience's work has resulted in publications in peer-reviewed journals and various awards. She is a recipient of the inaugural Eric and Wendy Schmidt Awards for Excellence in Science Communications for her outstanding work among research scientists and early career science journalists.