Prof. Jeremiah Seni

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.