Carol Abidha


Prof. James Nokes Dr. Osman Abdullahi

Carol Akinyi Abidha is a molecular epidemiologist with a keen interest in respiratory viruses. She is a Masters in Public Health student at Pwani University and currently undertaking her MPH project with Virus Epidemiology and Control Group.

Her project is on exploring origins and spread of human coronaviruses in the kilifi community, rural coastal kenya, by integrated analysis of epidemiological and molecular sequence data, 2015-2016. Carol hopes that this study will improve the understanding of the transmission patterns of endemic human coronaviruses and the overall preparedness in case of an emergent human coronavirus with pandemic potential. Additionally, her study will provide a novel method for amplification and sequencing of HCoV-OC43.