Category Archives: IAVI

March 18

I am Experiencing My Pulse Every Moment – Kindling Hope ♣ & Happiness Around ♥

“Hands Raised to Serve are More Blissful then Hands Raised to Pray”.

February 20

GSK and IAVI partner for Human vaccine development

      Hello All I just wanted to share with you some IAVI-GSK news which I found very exciting for my perspective of GSK pulse volunteer assigned to the IAVI. We are all aware that the GSK vaccine world has been the place for many changes recently (GSK-Novartis deal, the executive team changes) in […]

December 02

Thanksgiving in Nairobi

Most movies show how Thanksgiving is a miserable day spent with family whom is only seen once a year (‘hilarious’ high jinx somehow ensues). To real American families, Thanksgiving is a very important and special holiday. It was very difficult to spend Thanksgiving away from my family. So we had Thanksgiving in Nairobi! My girlfriend and […]

November 24

Kenya AIDS Vaccine Initiative of Kangemi

The two KAVI sites in Kenya are located in Nairobi and Kangemi. The Nairobi site at the Kenyatta National Hospital, where I work, has an up to date lab where we receive blood donors and perform high-throughput assays. The KAVI site in Kangemi is located in the slums. Here the KAVI employees are within the […]

November 19


Nope, this is not a rapper’s name, it was the conference I went to in Cape Town, South Africa. HIV Research For Prevention was partially sponsored by IAVI. I was invited to both help represent my site at KAVI as well as explain how IAVI and GSK partner up to assist worldwide. I met with […]

October 15

It is all about change!

One month into my assignment and now it is time to share my experience so far being with the IAVI (International AIDS Vaccine Initiative). “All about change” summarizes it all! On the 15th of September when i started my assignment i was in a state of my mind ready to take on any change: An […]

September 22

Welcome to KAVI

“You’re the guy from GSK we have been waiting for. I thought you would be older.” This is where I work: I am six weeks into the second phase of my PULSE assignment. The lab setup and experiment layouts are going well. It certainly helps to be working with a great group of smart scientists. […]

June 14

Boston -> London -> Nairobi!

Hello! I am excited and nervous… mostly excited, to have this opportunity to work for the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) to assist with their HIV vaccine that is currently in Phase I and IIa clinical trials. I will spend the first month in London to learn the assays and assist with development. Then in […]