Jessica has a background in social sciences and global health. She obtained a MSc in Global Health with a focus on development studies, through a joint program of the University of Maastricht and the McMaster University.
Prior to LSTM, Jessica worked on the PREVAC study, aimed at evaluating the effectiveness and safety of three vaccination strategies against the Ebola virus in Guinea. As the reporting officer in the management team, she was monitoring the project progress, maintaining links between local teams, the management team and sponsors.
Jessica is currently a research assistant for the Partnership to Increase the Impact of Vector Control (PIIVeC). This programme aims to develop evidence-based strategies for the control of vector-borne disease in Africa, increase the utilization of this evidence in national decision-making, improve integration between disease-specific programmes, strengthen the resilience of African nations to respond to outbreaks of vector-borne disease, and increase the leadership role of African scientists and vector biologists in global policy making on vector-borne disease. PIIVeC is led by LSTM in partnership with research institutes, NGOs and national control programmes in Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Malawi, and global policy making bodies."