Dr Sharmila Bakshi is the Founder of Personalize My Medicine. She has a PhD in Molecular Microbiology from the University of Oxford, an MSc in Molecular Genetics from the University of Leicester, a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Kent at Canterbury, and a GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law) from BPP Law School, London.

For her PhD studies on the molecular genetics of Neisseria meningitidis, a bacterium that can cause meningitis and septicaemia, Sharmila studied a set of seven genes of the bacterium and investigated the protein encoded by one of these genes as a potential vaccine candidate.

Following her PhD, Sharmila took up a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowship at Sanofipasteur in Lyon, France, where she carried out a research project to analyze the genomes of a set of Neisseria meningitidis strains using DNA microarrays.

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Sharmila next travelled to Vienna, Austria, to take up a position as a Scientist at the biotechnology company, Intercell (now Valneva), where she was the project leader of several different vaccine projects within the Molecular Microbiology department. After three and a half years at Intercell, she decided to return to London, to take up the position of Project Manager of the Malaria Vectored Vaccines Consortium (MVVC), a consortium of eight partners including the University of Oxford and four academic institutions at sites in East and West Africa. The aim of the project was to trial a malaria vaccine candidate developed by the University of Oxford. Sharmila has also worked as a consultant to biotechnology companies.

In her spare time, she enjoys painting, writing, and being in nature.


Are you a Patient Advocate, doctor, or nurse, or working in another health-related profession? Would you be interested in helping PMM to grow and develop so that we can help more patients? If so, get in touch! Simply email us at

Our Advisers - click on the photo of an Adviser to view their complete bio

Kelly Baughman

Patient Advocate

Kelly has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and over twenty-five years of experience in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostics, and rare diseases


We are seeking volunteers with a strong background in Life Sciences and/or Medicine, a demonstrable interest in personalized medicine, medical innovation, and healthcare, and experience with social media platforms.

Would you like to be part of our exciting new projects aimed at advancing medical innovation? Whether you are a student, researcher, medical professional, or innovator, we are interested in hearing from you! If so, please connect with our Founder, Dr Sharmila Bakshi on LinkedIn to find out more about volunteering, follow our company page, and subscribe to our Newsletter on LinkedIn to stay up to date on all our activities.

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Our Volunteers - click on the photo of a volunteer to view their complete bio

Francesca Young

MSci Natural Sciences graduate

Francesca recently graduated from UCL with an MSci in Natural Sciences, specializing in Genetics & Molecular Biology

Chloe Bou-Nehme

MSc Biotech & Pharmaceutical Management student

Chloe is a part-time MSc in Biotech & Pharmaceutical Management student at UCL

Ben Seton

BSc Biological Sciences student

Ben is a third year BSc Biological Sciences student at the University of Warwick

ZiWei (Vivian) Wang

BSc Biochemistry student

Vivian is a second year BSc Biochemistry student at the University of Warwick

Huey Jium (Esther) How

MSc Digital Health & Entrepreneurship student

Esther is studying for an MSc in Digital Health and Entrepreneurship at University College London (UCL)

Sanjieya Navaseelan

BSc Biomedical Sciences student

Sanjieya is a BSc Biomedical Sciences student at Queen Mary University of London

Szonja Skenderovic

BSc Biochemistry student

Szonja is a first year BSc Biochemistry student at Imperial College London

Alexa McGuinness

Medical student

Alexa is studying medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in Bahrain and is currently in her third year

Rithika Ganesh

BSc Biomedical Sciences student

Rithika is a second year BSc Biomedical Sciences student at Queen Mary University of London

Maariya Daud

MSc Molecular Biotechnology student

Maariya is an MSc in Molecular Biotechnology student at the University of Birmingham

Alexis Wang

BSc Biomedical Sciences student

Alexis is a first year Biomedical Sciences student at the University of Edinburgh

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Mathumai Govindarajan

BSc Pharmacology with Innovative Therapeutics student

Mathumai is a second year BSc Pharmacology with Innovative Therapeutics student at Queen Mary University of London

Abirami Prabhakaran

BSc Biomedical Science

Abirami is a second year BSc Biomedical Science student at Queen Mary University of London

Atiyeh Razavi

BSc Biomedical Sciences student

Atiyeh is a second year BSc Biomedical Sciences student at King’s College London