Dorcas is a Wellcome Trust Society & Ethics fellow, conducting empirical ethics research examining how communities can be engaged on complex ethical topics, with bio-banking as a case study. As a social science researcher in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC), Dorcas’ research interests span two interrelated areas: the value of community and public engagement in health research, and ethical dilemmas for frontline research workers.
Primarily based at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) in Kilifi, Kenya; Dorcas is also a member of several collaborative initiatives including the Global Health Bioethics Network and the H3Africa Community Engagement working group.
Dorcas was awarded a PhD by the Open University; her thesis examined ethical dilemmas for frontline research staff. She has an MSc in Public Health (health promotion) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a BSc in Agricultural Economics from Egerton University, Kenya.