Dr Gertrude CHAPOTERA is an epidemiologist and is the Head of the Department of Public Health at the University of Malawi-College of Medicine (CoM) in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine. She is a medical graduate of CoM and alumnus of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of Liverpool. She is a co-founder of a network of women researchers in health in Malawi (WIDREM). Her research interests are in pre-pregnancy and adolescent health interventions and infectious disease epidemiology. She studies patterns of malaria in adolescent females, how gender socialization in younger adolescents influences healthy sexuality and later sexual behaviours in urban Malawi. Dr Chapotera has conducted efficacy studies on antimalarial treatment in pregnant women as well as optimizing dosing in children. She has extensive public health experience having worked at various levels of the health sector in Malawi and is an advocate for evidence-based public health decision making. She plans to further this work through her recent grant award within the Collaboration for Evidence-Based Healthcare and Public Health in Africa (CEBHA+). Gertrude has a passion for research capacity development, as an example of which was her leadership in an EDCTP-European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership- funded grant to develop a clinical trial management and support infrastructure at the Research Support Centre of CoM. She has been a leadership development fellow of the Malaria Capacity Development Consortium of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.