Gisele Umviligihozo has a BSc in Biological Sciences from the National Univeristy of Rwanda and a post graduate certificate from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK. She received a Queen Elisabeth Diamond Jubilee II scholarship to pursue MSc training in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Canada. Prior to joining SFU, she worked at Projet San Francisco (PSF)/Rwanda Zambia HIV Research Group (RZHRG) in Kigali, Rwanda, where she served as a clinical research laboratory technician, then as Laboratory Quality Manager and Laboratory Supervisor of the PSF/RZHRG laboratories. Umviligihozo has always had a passion for science. She was especially interested in exploring the mechanisms by which microorganisms establish infections. Umviligihozo uses her current training skills and past experience to contribute to HIV research by investigating Viral protein U (Vpu) proteins across major HIV-1 M group subtypes to improve the understanding of Vpu sequence diversity and its consequences for protein function, which may inform the design of novel HIV-1 interventions, including vaccine and possible cure strategies.