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PhD Candidate Winifrida Kidima Completes her Dissertation Defense

imageTropical Medicine PhD candidate Winifrida Kidima successfully defended her dissertation on December 11, 2013. Winifrida’s research project, entitled “Malaria-Associated Changes in Fetal Syncytiotrophoblast Function”, was carried out under the mentorship of Dr. Diane Taylor, Professor in the Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology & Pharmacology, JABSOM.  Upon completion of her degree, Winifrida will be returning to her home country, Tanzania, to begin a position in the College of Natural and Applied Science, Department of Zoology, University of Dar es Salaam. Winifrida was a Fulbright and Delta Kappa Gamma Society International scholar for two years at the University of Hawaii during which she studied the influence of intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp) on the immune response to malaria in pregnant women in Cameroon.  Her PhD research focused on the disease pathogenesis of placental malaria.