Kathleen E. Rankin, PhD
Program Officer, Gates Fellow, Global Health – Malaria
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Kathleen Rankin joined the foundation in September 2014, working with the Malaria Team’s Eliminate Initiative which aims to catalyze elimination of Falciparum malaria from three regions – southern Africa, the Greater Mekong Subregion, and Hispaniola – by 2020. Kathleen focuses on coordination of the Eliminate Initiative’s operational research priorities and strategic alignment of a cross-regional operational research agenda to generate evidence on new strategies using current tools, and on the malaria team’s engagement in Mozambique. Prior to joining BMGF, Kathleen served as Operational Research Coordinator for the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), based at USAID in Washington, DC. There she led PMI’s multi-million dollar operational research portfolio and managed studies ranging from evaluation of novel vector control methods to the safety and acceptability of low-dose primaquine. She also facilitated the development and approval of PMI’s Strategic Guidance for Operational Research and led interagency prioritization discussions on PMI’s operational research investments. Prior to joining PMI, Kathleen served as a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at USAID with the Middle East Regional Cooperation Program, managing cooperative applied research studies in the Levant and North Africa, and was an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg, Germany, studying host-parasite interactions during liver stage malaria infection. Originally from Philadelphia, Kathleen received her PhD in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Washington; she is a graduate of Oberlin College, where she earned High Honors in Biology. Kathleen likes any excuse to get outside rain or shine, and enjoys reading, knitting, baking just about anything, and chasing after her 2-year-old daughter.