Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Immunology and Allergy Grid Registrar, Great North Children’s Hospital, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow, University of Oxford, UK
Dr Charlene Rodrigues is a clinician specialising in paediatric infectious diseases, training and researching in the UK. She graduated from the University of Leicester in 2007, having also completed an Intercalated BSc in breast cancer pathology. On completion of the academic foundation programme, with an emphasis on medical education, she entered paediatric training in London as an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at Imperial College London. During this time she nurtured her interest in meningococcal disease and the genomics of host and pathogen, under the supervision of Professor Mike Levin. She completed core registrar training in London and obtained a GRID sub-specialty infectious diseases, immunology and allergy training post in Newcastle upon Tyne, her current clinical role working with the team managing patients with complex primary immunodeficiencies, haematopoetic stem cell transplants and infectious diseases.
She is currently reading for a Wellcome Trust funded DPhil in Biomedical and Clinical Sciences at the University of Oxford, supervised by Professors Martin Maiden (Department of Zoology) and Chris Tang (Dunn School of Pathology). Her research in the genomic epidemiology of meningococcal disease in the UK and Ireland uses the Meningitis Research Foundation Meningococcal Genome Library and is focussed on variation in vaccine antigens in the recently implemented capsular group B protein vaccines, with publications on this topic and vaccinology more broadly.
She has completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Infectious Diseases (University of Oxford) and has an interest in medical education, having spent time organising and researching peer-led teaching initiatives and as a clinical tutor/mentor at Imperial College and University College London. She is a member of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID) and Young ESPID UK representative, Children’s HIV association (CHIVA) and British Paediatric Allergy, Immunology and Infectious Diseases Group (BPAIIG).