Dr. Taylor is a clinician who has been studying the pathogenesis of cerebral malaria in Malawian children since 1986. Together with Professor Malcolm Molyneux, Dr. Taylor established the Blantyre Malaria Project at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital; it was one of the early research affiliates in Malawi’s first and only medical school. Their work has generated many useful insights about pediatric cerebral malaria: the utility of the Blantyre Coma Score, the importance of low blood sugar, the significance of changes in the back of the eye, and the contribution of brain swelling to death.

Following Swarthmore College and the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Taylor studied at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and then joined the faculty of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University. Because of the generous and sustained support provided by Michigan State, Dr. Taylor has been able to spend six months each year (the rainy season) in Malawi. While there, she is actively involved in patient care on the Paediatric Research Ward. Each year, she hosts 24 Michigan State medical students on clinical tropical medicine electives in her home, the “MSU House”. She returns to Michigan State for six months of teaching (July – December). She lives on the shore of Grand Traverse Bay in her home town, Traverse City, Michigan with her husband, photographer John Robert Williams.