Karima joined Oxford in 2017 as a Rhodes Scholar at University College reading for the MSc in Global Health Science; she is currently a first-year doctoral student. In her research, she examines cervical cancer screening and identified risk factors in the U.K using the Million Women Study data and in Kenya. She is co-supervised by Professor Dame Valerie Beral and Dr. Isobel Barnes in the Cancer Epidemiology Unit. Outside of her DPhil, Karima serves as Secretary of the Rhodes Scholar Africa Forum and co-president of the Black Association of Rhodes Scholars.
Prior to Oxford, Karima studied for a BSc in Medical Physiology and an MBChB at the University of Nairobi in Kenya. Karima is passionate about research in health where she currently focuses on women’s health particularly within non-communicable diseases (NCDs). She hopes to garner, and ultimately impart skills towards the bridging the health research gap in Kenya. She hopes that this will influence policy in the longer term and contribute towards the goal of a healthier population.