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OUR TEAM OF AUTHORS

Prof. Moses Joloba

Prof. Joloba is the current Dean School of Biomedical Sciences, Makerere University College of Health Sciences. He was Head of Department of Medical Microbiology (2005 – 2014). Professor Moses Joloba has developed skills in conducting clinical microbiology and molecular biology, laboratory-based research and training as well as building laboratory capacity in Uganda and other countries. Initially he graduated as a physician at Makerere Medical School in 1994 and later as a clinical microbiologist at Case Western Reserve University (graduated in May 1996, MS Degree). after which he returned to Uganda and took a faculty position at Makerere university Department of Medical Microbiology. He also helped to establish a TB laboratory for the Tuberculosis Research Units (TBRU) and became its technical director and later a scientific director site (1996 – 1999). In 2000 – 2003, Professor Joloba undertook a Ph.D course at Case Western in Microbiology and Molecular Biology. After his return Professor Joloba, he established a Molecular Biology, immunology and mycobacteriology laboratories and a Biorepository at the University. He became the Director of the National TB Reference laboratory now a supranational laboratory Prof. Joloba has won many grants and published over 140 peer reviewed papers, he is a reviewer for 6 journals and trained over 30 PhDs to completion.Some of his research and contribution in field of microbiology can be found here

Professor Walter Jaoko

Professor Walter Jaoko is a professor of medical microbiology and tropical medicine, Director of KAVI (Kenya Aids Vaccine Initiative) and former Chair of the Department of Medical Microbiology at University of Nairobi. He has thirty (30) years experience in teaching and research in various aspects of infectious diseases transmission, pathology, treatment, prevention and control. He has published 166 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He also has 16 years management experience as Deputy Director of an Institute and Chairman of Department at the University of Nairobi, and 10 years experience in governance as a member and chair of several Boards. In addition, he has a keen interest in health research ethics, and received advanced training in research ethics through a Fogarty Grant of the NIH leading to a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research Ethics from Stellenbosch University. He is very passionate about clinical research and ethical standards in the conduct of health research in developing countries, and have trained research ethics committee members in Kenya on principles of bioethics, and on international guidelines and regulations of research ethics. Some of the research and contribution of Professor Walter Jaoko in the field of microbiology can be found here.

Prof. Jeremiah Seni, MD (MUHAS – Tanzania), M.Med (Makerere – Uganda), Ph.D (Calgary – Canada)

Jeremiah Seni is an Associate Professor of Microbiology & Infectious Diseases at the Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS) and Bugando Medical Centre (BMC) in Mwanza, Tanzania. He is currently serving as the Director of Postgraduate Studies at CUHAS. He has previously served as the Associate Dean – Weill Bugando School of Medicine (January 2018 – November 2018), and the Head of Department of Microbiology and Immunology (July 2014 to January 2018). For the past twelve years, his research focus has been to delineate dynamics of multi-drug resistant bacteria, viral and fungal infections of public health importance, setting-up hospital based disease surveillance systems, evaluating cost-effective diagnostics, developing evidence-based guidelines on infectious diseases treatment, prevention and control. Read More×

He is a member of the Tanzania National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance (2017-2022) in the two technical working groups namely Research and Surveillance, and Antimicrobial Stewardship. He serves as a reviewer in many scientific peer reviewed journals. He has supervised research projects and dissertations for over 60 students. He has provided consultancy services to the Ministry of Health Community Development Gender Elderly and Children – Tanzania, Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Health Organization (WHO), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, USAID Medicines, Technologies, and Pharmaceutical Services (MTaPS), Mwanza Interventional Trial Unit (MITU) of the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Therefore, he has an overarching expertise ranging from Biomedical Sciences, Medicine, Public/Global Health Research and Administration. He has published over 55 research articles, and below are five of his most recent works:

  1. Seni J*, Mapunjo SG, Wittenauer R, Valimba R, Stergachis A, Werth BJ, Saitoti S, Mhadu NH, Lusaya E, Konduri N. Antimicrobial use across six referral hospitals in Tanzania: A point prevalence survey. BMJ Open. 2020 Dec 15;10(12):e042819. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-042819.
  2. Wiedenmayer K, Msamba VS, Chilunda F, Kiologwe JC, Seni J*. Impact of hand hygiene intervention: a comparative study in health care facilities in Dodoma region, Tanzania using WHO methodology. Antimicrob Resist Infect Control. 2020 Jun 8;9(1):80. doi: 10.1186/s13756-020-00743-4.
  3. Seni J*, Mwakyoma AA, Mashuda F, Marando R, Ahmed M, DeVinney R, Pitout JDD, Mshana SE, Deciphering risk factors for blood stream infections, bacteria species and antimicrobial resistance profiles among children under five years of age in North-western Tanzania: a multicentre study in a cascade of referral health care system. BMC Pediatr. 2019 Jan 26;19(1):32. doi: 10.1186/s12887-019-1411-0.
  4. Seni J*, Tito JN, Makoye SJ, Mbena H, Alfred HS, van der Meer F, Pitout J, Mshana SE, DeVinney R. A multi-centre evaluation of significant bacteriuria among pregnant women in the cascade of referral health care system in North-western Tanzania: bacterial pathogens, antimicrobial resistance profiles and predictors. J Glob Antimicrob Resist. 2019 Jan 6. pii: S2213-7165(19)30006-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jgar.2018.12.024.
  5. Seni J*, Mshana SE, Msigwa F, Iddi S, Mazigo H, Parkhill J, Holmes MA, Paterson GK. Draft genome sequence of a multidrug-resistant caprine isolate of Staphylococcus cohnii subsp. urealyticus from Tanzania encoding ermB, tet(K), dfrG, fusF and fosD. J Glob Antimicrob Resist. 2019 Jul 16;18:163-165. doi: 10.1016/j.jgar.2019.07.006.

Prof. Mariam M. Mirambo
(BVM, MSc, Postgraduate Dipl., PhD)

Mariam M. Mirambo, PhD; is Associate Professor in Immunology of Infectious diseases. She is among the first two members who established the department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS) and she has been heading the department for the past three years. Currently, she is also serving as a Secretary of the joint CUHAS/BMC research ethics and review committee (CREC) and a member of the national technical working group on surveillance of zoonotic and emerging/re-emerging infectious diseases under “One Health” program in Tanzania. She has served as external examiner for the number of East African Universities.
She has authored and co-authored more than 90 scientific articles in peer reviewed journals in the field of infectious diseases with Google Scholar h-index of 21 and i10-index of 34. Prof. Mirambo has also authored one book chapter and one book titled ‘Basic Immunology for Beginners’. As part of scholarly activities, she is also a consultant reviewer and editorial team member in a number of local and international peer-reviewed scientific journals. To date, she has mentored 19 postgraduate students (specializing in Paediatrics and child health, and Obstetrics and gynaecology) and more than 90 undergraduate students. She has also served as examiner for several postgraduate dissertations within and outside the university.
Prof. Mirambo has research interest in immunodiagnostics with a focus on sero-epidemiology of viral infections, sexually transmitted infections, vaccinology, transfer of maternal immunity and congenital infections. Also, she is interested in neglected zoonotic and emerging/re-emerging infectious diseases of public health importance.
Prof. Mirambo has research interest in immunodiagnostics with a focus on sero-epidemiology of viral infections, sexually transmitted infections, vaccinology, transfer of maternal immunity and congenital infections. Also, she is interested in neglected zoonotic and emerging/re-emerging infectious diseases of public health importance.

  1. Kwiyolecha E, Groendahl B, Okamo B, Kayange N, Manyama F, Kidenya BR, Mahamba DC, Msanga DR, Gehring S, Majigo M, Mshana SE, Mirambo MM. Patterns of viral pathogens causing upper respiratory tract infections among symptomatic children in Mwanza, Tanzania. Sci. Rep. 2020 Oct 28;10(1):18490. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-74555-2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33116166/
  2. Mirambo MM, Mkumbo E, Selega H, Msemwa B, Mushi MF, Silago V, Seni J, Mshana SE, Kasang C. Hepatitis B virus infections among health professional students in Mwanza city, Tanzania in 2016. Arch Public Health. 2020 Aug 18; 78:76. doi: 10.1186/s13690-020-00459-2. eCollection 2020. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32832080/
  3. Makala R, Majigo MV, Bwire GM, Kibwana U, Mirambo MM, Joachim A. Seroprevalence of Brucella infection and associated factors among pregnant women receiving antenatal care around human, wildlife and livestock interface in Ngorongoro ecosystem, Northern Tanzania. A cross-sectional study. BMC Infect Dis. 2020 Feb 18;20(1):152. doi: 10.1186/s12879-020-4873-7. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32070308/

Prof Daniel Asrat

Daniel Asrat is an Associate Professor of Medical Microbiology at the department of Microbiology, Immunology & Parasitology (DMIP), at Addis Ababa University (AAU). Daniel obtained his MD, M. Sc, PhD (in Medical Microbiology), and a Diploma in Learning-Teaching in Higher Education at AAU.

Since 1997 he has been a lecturer, researcher and consultant medical specialist (Medical Microbiologist); from 2012-2015 he was Adjunct Professor at Ohio State University, USA; and he is actively involved in mentoring of M. Sc and PhD students enrolled in Medical Microbiology.

Daniel has published 80 peer-reviewed research articles in national and international journals in the area of different disciplines of Medical Microbiology with special emphasis on enteric pathogens and antimicrobial resistance. He is the recipient of a Gold Medal award ‘Eminent Scientist of the year 2007 in Medical Microbiology from Africa’ by the World Scientists Forum and International Research Promotion Council; a Certificate of Recognition for dedicated 18 years of academic service; a ‘Teacher of the Year’ from the DMIP in the year 2011 and 2012, School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, AAU; and for Outstanding Service for American Society of Microbiology (ASM) Ambassador to Ethiopia.

Daniel is a member of number of different professional associations: Ethiopian Medical Association, Life member Ethiopian Public Health Laboratory Association, Life member Ethiopian Public Health Association and American Society of Microbiology-Global Outreach Program.