Michelle Helinski joined EDCTP in December 2015. At EDCTP, Michelle manages large-scale international grants in the area of Neglected Infectious Diseases (NIDs) and TB and malaria vaccine grants. In addition, she also manages and oversees calls for proposals, from application submission, management of the peer-review process, to post-award evaluation.
Michelle obtained a Master’s in Biology and PhD in Medical Entomology from Wageningen University in the Netherlands before conducting her post-doctoral studies at Cornell University in the USA. Her research focussed on the reproductive biology of disease-transmitting mosquitoes. Prior to joining EDCTP, Michelle worked as a Vector Control Specialist with the NGO Malaria Consortium in Uganda where she provided technical support to vector control-related activities and operational research projects in sub-Saharan Africa.