Qualified in Genetics and Immunology from Aberdeen University and went on to gain a Masters in Immunology at Imperial College London. Fatma then moved on to Oxford University where she worked as part of the anti-viral discovery unit and in particular focusing on HIV vaccine design and development. Fatma currently works for Public Health Gibraltar leading research initiatives for COVID-19 immunity. In particular, cellular immune response against SARS-CoV-2 (T-cell immunity), it’s importance in determining immunity to SARS-CoV-2 and its implication in COVID-19 vaccination.
Fatma works alongside health promotion and intervention to design and implement the Public Health Gibraltar COVID-19 pandemic messaging and as part of a multi-disciplinary team, health and education, to deliver and promote public engagement in health policy and intervention. Her areas of interest include immunology, maternal and child health, nutrition, and addressing inequity in healthcare systems.