Prof Gerry Killeen, AXA Research Chair in Applied Pathogen Ecology at the Environmental Research Institute and School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, UCC. He spent many years in Africa, studying malaria. In 2005, he was awarded a Wellcome Trust Fellowship, to assist this research. He has in turn sponsored applicants for these Fellowships.
In 2007, a team of three malaria-focused researchers, including Killeen, received nearly $20 million in funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. As of 2019, Killeen was still publishing malaria research funded by Wellcome Trust and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.