Dr Magda Moutaftsi joined EDCTP in October 2016 as North-North Networking Officer. She has a background in research (vaccine immunology) and global health. From 2012-2016, Dr Moutaftsi worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (USA) for the HIV Vaccine Initiative. As a Program Officer she managed grants ranging from upstream research to clinical development.
Of Greek descent, Magda Moutaftsi was born and raised in Germany. She obtained a Master’s in Biology from the University of Hanover (Germany) and a PhD in Viral Immunology from the University of Wales College of Medicine (United Kingdom). Her postdoctoral training at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology (USA) focused on large-scale epitope identification and analysis for protection efficacy to advance vaccine discovery. She then joined the Infectious Disease Research Institute (USA) in the Preclinical Biology Department, evaluating adjuvant technologies for vaccines relevant to global health diseases such as malaria, HIV, and TB.