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Dr. Barbara Burmen

Dr. Barbara Burmen, a medical doctor, and epidemiologist, is a Senior Research Officer at the Kenya Medical Research Institute Center for Global Health Research in Kisumu.


Dr. Burmen serves as the Operations Research Coordinator for the HIV and TB Implementation Science and Services Branch of the Kenya Medical Research Institute and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Research and Public Health Collaboration. Dr. Burmen has served as principal investigator on completed studies, authored over 21 publications in peer reviewed journals, and made 15 international conference presentations as regards TB and HIV Operations Research. Dr. Burmen has received research, travel and publication grants to support these endeavors.


For her work, Dr. Burmen received the Mohan Lumba ‘Young Scientist Award’ for immense contribution to lung health issues at the 2nd Kenya International Scientific Lung Health Conference in 2011 in recognition for her efforts to improve lung health in Kenya. In recognition for her efforts in contributing to research, her community and the international community, Dr. Burmen was received the first prize for 2016’s American Journal of Experts Gold Medal Researcher and received a honorable mention as 2016’s African Society of Laboratory’s Medicine Best laboratory Clinician Champion for promoting the clinician-laboratory interface and influencing laboratory policy development.


Dr Burmen was recognized as AuthorAid’s 2016 mentor of the year for volunteer services in the international network for the availability of scientific publications in developing countries. In 2017, she was inaugural recipient of the The World Academy of Sciences Quaarisha Abdool Karim Prize for young women scientists in resource limited settings already making a significant contribution to their field. In 2018, she was recognized as a Gro Brundtland Awardee for her professional performance in sustainable development and public health among young female scientists in resource-limited settings.