Mala Maini is a Professor of Viral Immunology in the Division of Infection and Immunity at UCL, London, Deputy Head of Department and also works as a Consultant Physician in the viral hepatitis clinic.
After completing her specialist medical accreditation in 1995 she obtained an MRC Clinical Training Fellowship, leading to a PhD on T cell clonality and senescence in 1998. In 2002 she was awarded an MRC/Academy of Medical Sciences Tenure-track Clinician Scientist Fellowship, and built up her own group working on the immunopathogenesis of hepatitis B. In 2009 she was promoted to a Personal Chair; she was awarded a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award in 2013 and Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2016. Her lab is at the forefront internationally of research on Hepatitis B immunity and immunopathology, focusing on cellular interactions in the liver. Their goal is to dissect mechanisms informing the development of immunotherapy for hepatitis B and hepatocellular carcinoma.