Gemma Buckland Merrett, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, DIC
Senior Research Manager
Gemma joined Health Action International (HAI) in 2016 with more than ten years of experience working at the intersection of science and global health policy. As Senior Research Manager, Gemma conducts research and policy analysis on HAI’s global projects, focusing on antimicrobial resistance and access to essential sexual and reproductive health commodities in low- and middle-income countries.
Before joining HAI, Gemma worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Sussex Centre for Global Health Policy where her research focused on health policy, medicines and global health and development. In particular, she conducted research on the sustainable use of and access to antimicrobials, as well as the impact of scientific data sharing on pandemic preparedness in low- and middle-income countries. Prior to that, Gemma developed her technical expertise working at the research-policy interface for organisations, such as the Chatham House Centre for Global Health Security, the Institute of Development Studies and the Humane Society International. She has also carried out consultancy work for the World Health Organisation.
Gemma combines her practical experience with a BSc (Honours) in Microbiology and Immunology from King’s College London, a Masters in Global Health and Development from University College London and a PhD in Cell Biology from Imperial College London. She is widely published in numerous books and peer-reviewed journals.