PhD from Dartmouth Medical School's Graduate program in Molecular and Cellular Biology (Sep 2004-June 2010)

This fall, I began my fourth year in the Molecular, Cellular and Systems Physiology Phd programme. I have developed my thesis project, with my mentors Ruth Connor and Alexandra Howell, in the area of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. The proposed work will determine how protective factors in breast milk inhibit cell-free and cell-associated HIV-1. Transmission of HIV-1 through breast milk is a major public health concern especially in developing countries where HIV-infected women have limited access to anti-retroviral treatment and/or safe alternatives to breast feeding.

This study will provide a better understanding of the mechanisms by which breast milk confers protection against oral transmission of the virus to the infant during breastfeeding.

Kim Mwamelo

Kim Mwamelo

Kim Mwamelo, MPH '17, leads the TDI graduation procession at Dartmouth's Commencement ceremony.