Commonwealth Caribbean, 2015
Current Place of Residence: Trinidad and Tobago
University: University of the West Indies, St. Augustine
Current/Recent Course: Postgraduate Diploma in the Management of HIV Infection
Cherrelle obtained her BSc (Hons) Biochemistry at the University of the West Indies where she is also engaged in postgraduate studies in the Management of HIV Infection. Cherrelle is an avid dragon boater and volunteer. Her work as a Vice-Chancellor's Ambassador at the UWI and advocacy in local communities is driven by a passionate commitment to social outreach. As a Research Assistant at UWI, her work has focused on the molecular characterization of avian pathogens towards the development of an effective vaccine against bacterial infections. Academically, she is interested in researching chronic HIV infection, particularly the systemic effects of HIV-associated inflammation and development of novel strategies to detect and eliminate reservoirs of the virus. Ultimately, she aims to improve the quality of life and interventions available to HIV positive individuals.