Lilian is an Immunologist and an assistant Lecturer at the department of Microbiology and Immunology at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Tanzania, where she is mainly involved in teaching, research and consultancy since 2015. In the past five years, she has also served as a laboratory Manager for Muhimbili research Laboratory and as a quality assurance manager for the PreP-Vac HIV vaccine trial phase III where her duties were mainly to promote and ensure adherence to quality in the laboratory.
In-terms of research, her interests and previous experiences are on inflammation as a risk factor for an overlap between infectious and non-infectious diseases such as HIV and non-AIDS events ie diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial stewardship. Moreover, Lilian has served as a co-principle investigator for UNICEF projects on irrational use of antibiotic among children, where she successfully implemented various phases of the project including data collection, dissemination of findings to stakeholders and linking the research recommendations with the Tanzanian government implementation plans.
In addition, as an upcoming scientist, Lilian has won a number of small to medium grants including a competitive Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) grant 2019/2020 and Amne-Salim COVID 19 grant in 2021/2022. She is also a recipient of the prestigious CAFE-SEA award (Capacity building for Female Scientist in East Africa, which is a project under the Eastern Africa Consortium for Clinical Research (EACCR); an EDCTP-funded network of excellence. Through this funding she aims to conduct research works, analysing immune response against CORONA virus after infection and vaccination, for her Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D).
Before Joining Muhas Lilian served as a research intern with Walter Reed program in Tanzania where she was involved in prevention of HIV infection from mother to child programs.
A list of authored and co-authored articles following various different projects is found in Google scholar link: https://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C5&q=Lilian+ Nkinda&oq=G
― Brigham Young