On a recent visit to Phnom Penh, David and Velma Knight enjoyed a cruise on the Mekong which included visits to Sien Reap and Angkor Wat.
But the trip wasn't all about cruising and enjoying new sights and sounds and all the different cultures. It was also about catching up with Jessica Manning, our Ambassadorial Scholar from many years ago and with whom David and Velma have always kept in touch. As well as catching up with Jessica, they also caught up with her husband, Matt, and their children Henry and Amelie.
In addition to Jessica's latest bio, which is set out below, she has also given us two links to the popular media about her recent work (so it's in regular language - not science-medical speak!)
Jessica Elizabeth Manning, MD MSc
National Institutes of Health
Jessica Manning is an infectious
Over the last decade, Dr. Manning has lived and worked in Africa and Southeast Asia with a research focus on the development of new vaccines for mosquito-borne diseases like dengue and malaria. From 2008 to 2009, she served as an NIH Fogarty Scholar in Clinical Research at the Malaria Research and Training Center in Mali, West Africa.
In 2017, she returned to Cambodia to lead NIH’s clinical and translational research efforts aimed at better understanding mosquito-borne diseases in Southeast Asia. She currently serves as Science Attaché at the US Embassy in Phnom Penh and runs collaborative research laboratory and field sites with the Cambodian National Center for Parasitology, Entomology, and Malaria Control.
The two articles that Jessica has provided to give some idea of the work she does are:
Mosquito spit primes your body for disease—so scientists want to make an anti-saliva vaccine, and
Could A Single Vaccine Prevent Multiple Diseases Spread By Mosquitoes?