Chileshe holds a BA degree in Human Development from the University of California, San Diego, and a medical degree from the University of Zambia. She is currently attached to the Enteric Disease and Vaccine Unit as a 2017/2018 UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health CIDRZ HealthCorps Fellow, being supervised by Dr Roma Chilengi.
Chileshe grew up in Zambia during the height of the country’s HIV epidemic, an experience that deeply informed her worldview and stimulated her interest in health research, advocacy and programming. She gained research experience working in labs and on research studies in San Diego, California and in Lusaka. She also served as a Program Assistant with the Research Ethics Program at her alma mater, UC San Diego, facilitating community conversations about biomedical ethics. Prior to joining CIDRZ, Chileshe worked as a medical doctor in Chipata, Eastern Province, where she developed a keen interest in improving patient engagement and access to healthcare.