Maria Lisa was enrolled in the PhD programme whilst studying medicine at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and started research early on in her medical studies. Initial research was working on preeclampsia and congenital infections before she moved on to working on post abortion care in low income settings. In her PhD studies she trialled an intervention to improve the treatment of incomplete abortions in Malawi.
Her interest for global health was evident all through her medical studies and she entered into exchange semesters in Brazil, Australia and Malawi during her training. She finished her general internship in medicine at the Akershus University Hospital in Norway with focus on gynaecology, respiratory medicine, surgery and general practice. Straight after finishing her medical internship she travelled to Malawi to do the data collection for her PhD, which she defended in January 2019 just before starting here as a research fellow in Global Health at the University of Birmingham.