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Inspiration, Innovation & Implementation

14 –16 March 2017 2 Ten Hotel, Sibasa

Organized by the University of Venda and the University of Virginia


LETTER FROM THE CHAIRS Dear Colleagues, We are delighted to welcome you to the International Symposium on Global Health Research in Africa, jointly organized by the University of Venda and the University of Virginia. We would like to offer special thanks to our guests who are traveling from across the Atlantic, from around the Continent, and from within South Africa. We deeply appreciate your time and dedication to global health training and research. The theme for this symposium is Inspiration, Innovation, and Implementation. During our two days together, we look forward to the opportunity to celebrate a dynamic group of young scholars and investigators from diverse disciplines who use their perspectives to focus on key global health issues. In addition to sharing ideas and innovations, we will offer opportunities to participate in engaged workshops for planning new research initiatives and for building key researchrelated skills. We hope that you will have the chance to deepen existing ties and to make new connections. We are grateful to the management of the Universities of Venda and Virginia for wonderfully supporting this initiative. We would like to offer particular thanks to Amber Steen, Lufuno Mavhandu and Segun Obadire for their exemplary work in planning and coordinating the logistics associated with the symposium. Please let us know how we can assist you during the symposium, and we look forward to our time together in Thohoyandou as well as our future collaborative endeavors. We wish you all a fruitful engagement.

Pascal Bessong, PhD Director, HIV/AIDS & Global Health Research Programme

Rebecca Dillingham, MD, MPH Director, Center for Global Health University of Virginia, USA.


Tuesday, 14 March 3:30 – 4:30pm

Tour of University of Venda and Laboratories

4:30 – 6:30pm  

Symposium Welcome Reception

Wednesday, 15 March 8:00 – 8:30am


8:30 – 9:45am

Opening Remarks

9:45 – 10:00am

Tea Break

10:00 –12:00pm D43 Framework Presentations, Part One 12:00 – 1:00pm Workshop Session 1 Best Practices for Collaborative Training Developing & Scaling Technology for Global Health Choosing a Journal and Persevering to Publication 1:00 – 2:00pm


2:00 – 4:00pm Thematic Research Break-Out Groups TB HIV: Molecular Pathogenesis & Adherence Malaria Water & Sanitation Pathogenesis and Genetics of Enteric Infections After Mal-ED- Community Engagement; Child Development, Intervention Design & Testing 4:00 – 5:30pm

Reports from Break-Out Groups


Dinner on Own / Individual Research Meetings


Thursday, 16 March 8:30 – 9:15am Keynote Address Dr. Richard L Guerrant, Thomas H. Hunter Professor of International Medicine; Founding Director, Center for Global Health, University of Virginia, USA. 9:15 –10:30pm GIDRT Fellow Presentations 10:30 – 10:45pm

Tea Break

10:45 – 11:45pm

D43 Framework Presentations, Part Two

11:45 –1:00pm

Working Group Lunch

1:00 – 2:00pm Workshop 2 or Site Visits Developing and testing behavioral interventions Effective Presentation Skills Community Engagement 2:00 – 3:00pm Workshop 3 or Individual Meetings Approaching an RFA: How to Structure a Grant Qualitative Research Methods 3:00 – 4:00pm

Individual Meetings & Return from Site Visits

4:00 – 5:00pm

Final Reporting on Next Steps

7:00 – 10:00pm

Gala Dinner




Grivin Chipula, PhD Grivin Chipula earned his BSc in Agriculture (Agricultural Engineering) at the University of Malawi in 2001 and studied his MSc in Water Resources Engineering at University of Leuven and Vrije Universiteint, Brussels in Belgium in 2005. In 2013, Grivin Chipula obtained a PhD in Irrigation Engineering at Cranfield University, UK. He is currently a Lecturer of Irrigation Engineering. Theresa Dankovich, PhD Theresa Dankovich is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer for Folia Water, a benefit corporation, dedicated to the scaling and distribution of the new antimicrobial filter paper for affordable water purification, called Folia Filters, as seen in the Drinkable Book TM. She has led this project from the invention of the filter paper during my Ph.D. dissertation at McGill University through two post-doc positions at University of Virginia and Carnegie Mellon University where practical field tests occurred, and now have successfully scaled up the technology as an early phase startup company, Folia Water. Joshua Edokpayi, PhD

Dr. Joshua Edokpayi holds a doctoral degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Venda, South Africa. He is currently a WHIL postdoctoral fellow whose field of research includes: water treatment processes, water supply system, environmental impact assessment, environmental engineering and public health. He has authored a few journal articles in peer reviewed journals and is actively involved in research. He has mentored students in South Africa and USA. Publications:

David M. Kahler, PhD

David Kahler earned his doctorate in Environmental Engineering from Duke University, where he examined the fluid mechanics of groundwater remediation and a novel technique to speed up contaminant removal. He was an NSF Graduate Teaching Fellow in K-12 education, which led him to India to teach environmental engineering for two summers. Following graduate school, David was an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow for USAID in the Office of Water. There, he focused on higher education partnerships and water resources management, especially in agricultural projects primarily in Africa. At UVa, David studies the dispersion dynamics of the ceramic water treatment device, Pure Madi, and mentors undergraduate and graduate students in South Africa and Tanzania.

Tasokwa Kakota, PhD

Dr. Tasokwa Kakota is currently a Senior Lecturer in mathematics in Basic Sciences Department, Faculty of Agriculture at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR). She has over 15 years of experience in teaching Mathematics. Dr. Kakota lectures and conducts consultancies, training and research in statistics, mathematics, research methods, social research, curriculum development, household food security, climate change modelling, climate change adaptation and vulnerability and gender issues. She has a PhD in Dryland Resource Management obtained from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Tasokwa has a Master’s Degree in curriculum and instruction from Virginia Tech University, USA and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education (majoring in mathematics and statistics) from Chancellor College, University of Malawi. Her current research interests are on mathematical modelling and biostatistics. Selected Publications: 1. Yoyola L., Dzanja J., and Kakota T. (2015). Value Chain Governance of Malawi’s Artisanal Fisheries: A Case of Oreochromis Species. Journal of Agricultural Science; Vol. 7, No. 9; 2015 2. Kakota T., Nyariki D., Mkwambisi D. and Kogi-Makau W. (2013). Determinants of household vulnerability to food insecurity: A case study of semiarid districts in Malawi. Journal of International Development (JID). J. Int. Dev. 27:73–84 (2015). Doi:10.1002/jid.2958


Danielle Kimmel, PhD Danielle Kimmel received her M.S. in chemistry from Vanderbilt University in 2009, under the mentorship of Dr. Brian Bachmann. Her thesis focused on natural product extraction and elucidation. She finished her Ph.D. in chemistry from Vanderbilt University in 2012 under the mentorship of Dr. David Cliffel. Her graduate and postdoctoral work focused on in-depth analysis of metabolic flux during oxidative stressor exposure. Using electrochemical biosensors, her work provided further understanding of innate immunological responses in multiple cell types. Contributing her background knowledge regarding electrochemical biosensors and disease onset, Danielle has joined the VanderbiltZambia Network for Innovation in Global Health Technologies program to further their goal for providing low-income, ultra sensitive malarial diagnostics. With VZNIGHT, she leads cohorts of researchers to perform field work in Macha, Zambia on these novel malarial diagnostics. Mindy Leelawong, PhD Mindy Leelawong is a postdoctoral fellow in the Vanderbilt-Zambia Network for Innovation in Global Health Technologies (VZNIGHT), an interdisciplinary program focused on the development of low-resource diagnostics. She earned her Ph.D. from Northwestern University, where she studied an essential yet poorly understood step in the assembly and egress of herpesviruses. After completing graduate school, she became a research scientist at the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 6 (NAMRU-6) in Lima, Peru. There, she established an antigen discovery project for malaria vaccine development and monitored resistance to antimalarial drugs. Currently, she is combining her knowledge of microbiology with her undergraduate training in biomedical engineering to develop cutting-edge technologies to rapidly detect molecular markers of antimalarial drug resistance. George Gachara Maina, PhD George Gachara’s publications involved determining influenza viruses as the etiology of respiratory tract infections in Kenya and their seasonality. These publications found that influenza was an important infectious disease in the country; that it occurred throughout the year and that distinct influenza viruses co-circulate during the year. These publications documented influenza virus as significant cause of respiratory disease in Kenya and served as a basis for future studies. More recent studies have provided further insights of the circulating influenza viruses and also the transmission patterns in the region. As a postdoctoral fellow, his research has been an interesting mix between laboratory studies and public health aspects of diseases. These have involved studies aiming to track HIV transmitted and drug resistance in Limpopo, South Africa; HIV associated viruses and also evaluating adherence to antiretroviral therapy. 1. T Magoro, G Gachara, L Mavhandu, E Lum, H. K Kimbi, R. N Ndip, P. O Bessong. Serologic and genotypic characterization of hepatitis B virus in HIV-1 infected patients from South West and Littoral Regions of Cameroon. Virology Journal. 2016;13:178. 2. G Gachara, LG Mavhandu, ET Rogawski, C Manhaeve, PO Bessong. Evaluating Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy Using Pharmacy Refill Records in a Rural Treatment Site in South Africa. AIDS Research and Treatment. 2017; 2017:6. doi:10.1155/2017/5456219.

Charles Mangani, MBBS, PhD Charles Mangani trained in medicine and public health. He is currently a Lecturer in public health at the Malawi College of Medicine. His research focus is on malaria epidemiology and control, and childhood malnutrition with particular emphasis on interactions of nutrition and infection,and promotion of healthy child growth.




Angelina Maphula, PhD Angela Maphula Is a qualified Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. Her primary work involves teaching and supervision of postgraduate students in the field of psychology. She has served as a supervisor to Cognitive testing team Mal-ED project from 2012 to date for the South African site funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Maphula has been recognized every year by the University of Venda as an active researcher. As a fellow on the WHIL Innovations Fogarty D43 training grant, she completed her PhD studies with a research focus on the influence of caregiving on child development, with the main aim to develop a model to assist rural mothers with a set of activities to enhance child’s cognitive, language, motor and socio emotional development. She completed this work with PhD thesis advisors Dr. Pascal Bessong (key contributor for this research grant) and Dr. Rebecca Scharf (co-PI on this project). She was also part of The VHEMBE Study – CERCH supervising researchers who were conducting neuroassessments. Tshwarelo Mathebula, MEng Mr. Tshwarelo Ignetious Mathebula completed a B.Eng (2013), B. Eng Hons (2014) and M. Eng (2016) from the University of Pretoria. He is currently enrolled for a PhD in the field of Ultraviolet radiometry under the supervision of Prof F.W Leuschner. His fields of research are indoor Air Quality and Air disinfection using GUV, and Near and Far field characterization of GUV fixtures. He is currently a recipient of the Fogarty fellowship.

Wezi Mkwaila, PhD Dr. Wezi Mkwaila received her MSc in Biology from University of Malawi (2005) and her PhD in Plant Breeding Genetics and Biotechnology from Michigan State University USA (2013). She spent twelve years as a faculty member at in the Department of Horticulture at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer of various courses. Dr. Mkwaila current research encompasses investigation into crop mechanisms in coping with both biotic and abiotic stresses. She is also interested in climate services information flow among different stakeholders. She is involved in interdisciplinary research on the intersection between agriculture, irrigation and health in an 800 ha Bwanje Valley Irrigation Scheme in Malawi. She has served as Chair of the Rapid Response Team of the Malawi Biotechnology Forum since 2014 and Program Officer for Malawi under the African Union NEPAD African Biosafety Network of Expertise since August 2013. Selected honors include the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) Fellowship, an MSU-LUANAR Innovation Scholar Fellowship. Christabelle Moyo, PhD Christabelle Moyo’s area of specialization is Rural/Community development. She has been involved in a study in which she sought to explore the views of community-based field workers on the effect of the MAL-ED South Africa project on their sustainable livelihoods. The second study sought to find out the perspectives of University of Venda post graduate students and junior faculty on the effect of the MAL-ED South Africa project on their human capital development. Two manuscripts have been produced out of these two studies. The manuscript ‘Perceptions of community-based field workers on the effect of a longitudinal biomedical research project on their sustainable livelihoods’ has been accepted for publication in the BMC Public Health journal.


Lwiindi Mudenda, PhD Lwiindi Mudenda graduated from the University of Zambia School of Veterinary Medicine with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine degree (BVM) in 2001. Following completion of my studies in Veterinary Medicine, she practiced Veterinary Medicine at a private veterinary practice in Lusaka, Zambia until December 2004, when she joined the National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research as a Scientific Officer. In January 2006, she was awarded the Australian development Scholarship to study for a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Animal Studies at the University of Queensland, Gatton, Australia. Following completion of her MSc studies in July 2007, Lwiindi went back to Zambia to work for the National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research. In 2009, she received the Foreign Fulbright Scholarship Award to study for a Ph.D. in immunology and infectious diseases at Washington State University, in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology. Upon completion of her Ph.D. program in May 2015, she was offered a Vanderbilt-Zambia Network for Innovation in Global Health Technology (VZNIGHT) fellowship. Dr. Mudenda is currently a postdoctoral VZNIGHT research fellow in the department of Chemistry at Vanderbilt University. Lindelani Fhumudzani Mushaphi, PhD Dr. Lindelani Fhumudzani Mushaphi is a Senior Lecturer in Community Nutrition and HOD at the Department of Nutrition, University of Venda. She attained a Bachelor of Science (Dietetics) a from MEDUNSA in 1996, a Masters degree in Nutrition from University of the North in 2004 and PhD degree in Nutrition from University of Free State in 2012. She is a registered Dietitian with Health Professional Council of South Africa. She worked as a dietitian in Limpopo Province at Donald Fraser Hospital from February 1996 to May 2002. In August 2006, she won the Women in Science Award worth R100, 000.00 from the Department of Science and Technology for PhD studies. She is also supervising undergraduate and postgraduate research projects. In 2014, she was awarded postdoctoral fellowship with Water Health in Limpopo (WHIL) Innovation with the University of Venda and University of Virginia. Her research area is maternal and child nutrition as well as indigenous food system. Elizabeth Rogawski, PhD, MSPH Dr. Rogawski an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and Division of Infectious Diseases & International Health. Her PhD is in infectious disease epidemiology with a research interest in pediatric enteric disease in low-resource settings. Specifically, she focuses on the complex interactions between early childhood diarrhea, enteropathogen infections, environmental enteropathy, antibiotic use, and their effects on child health and development. She is continuing her work as a D43 fellow with a multidisciplinary team to study the effectiveness of point-of-use water treatment technologies to prevent child stunting in rural South Africa. She is also interested in developing novel causal inference-based methods to generate epidemiologic evidence that is relevant to public health interventions and policy. Selected publications: 1. Rogawski ET, Bartelt LA, Platts-Mills JA, et al. Determinants and impact of Giardia infection in the first two years of life in the MAL-ED birth cohort. Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. November 2016, In press. 2. Rogawski ET, Platts-Mills JA, Seidman JC, et al. Use of antibiotics in children younger than two years in eight countries: a prospective cohort study. Bulletin of the WHO. 2017 Jan; 95:49-61.

Nicoline Tanih, PhD

Dr. Nicoline Tanih has a broad background and knowledge in infectious disease research with special interest in microbial epidemiology and pathogenesis, molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases and antimicrobial chemotherapy and the application of medicinal plants as a tool in alternative and complimentary medicine. As a postdoctoral fellow, she supervised and carried out studies related to molecular detection of bacteria and working on a grant funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa. Also, she carried out a study on metagenomics specifically looking at the population diversity of bacteria and fungi in sputum samples from HIV/AIDS kids, with more attention to how the organisms or group of organisms influence disease condition. Furthermore, as a National Institute of Health funded fellow working on the MAL-ED project funded by Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, Dr. Tanih carried out a study on enteropathogen infection and its impact on child health and development. Selected Publications: 1. Tanih NF, Sekwadi E, Ndip RN, Bessong PO. (2015). Detection of pathogenic Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus from cattle and pigs slaughtered in abattoirs in Vhembe District, South Africa. Scientific World Journal. 2015; 195972. doi: 10.1155/2015/195972.




Elizabeth Etta

Elizabeth M. Etta holds a Master of Science degree in Microbiology, specializing in HIV drug resistance and molecular genetics. She is currently a PhD candidate under the great mentorship and supervision of Professor Pascal Bessong at the University of Venda, South Africa. Her PhD research project focuses on the epidemiology, virology and molecular characterization of KSHV from HIV positive and negative individuals. Ms. Etta acquired numerous laboratory techniques and skills from the annual Gene Expression Workshops sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology, and from the MAL-ED Project sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2015, she was awarded a 1 year PhD fellowship on Global Infectious Diseases Research Training programme at the University of Virginia, USA sponsored by the NIH/Fogarty International Centre. Her motivation is to improve on better options for selection therapies, efficacy trial and vaccine development. Her goal is to be a Biomedical scientist who is a recognized scholar and a researcher. Daphney Matume

Mahlatse Modipane


Nontokozo Dephney Matume obtained a Masters degree in Microbiology at University of Venda. Her GIDRT research training was conducted in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer biology with collaborative mentorship from UVA faculty (Professor Rekosh and Professor Hammarskjöld) and Univen faculty (Professor Bessong). Her research focus was on the analysis of co-evolution of host cell genes and HIV-1 in ethnically diverse South African population. Upon re-entry to Univen, Ms. Matume is completing a PhD in Microbiology on the same research topic. The GIDRT fellowship was pivotal in getting her exposed and leaning new techniques in her line of research.

Mahlatse Modipane is a Ph.D. student at the University of Venda, Department of Psychology, South Africa. She was also a GIDRT Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, United States in 2015. Her Ph.D. dissertation is entitled “Patient and nurse perspectives on loss to follow-up in HIV care in Sekhukhune District of the Limpopo Province, South Africa”. The goal of this dissertation project is to identify intervention strategies that may help HIV positive patients remain in HIV care in Limpopo Province. Her research interests are HIV and retention in care. She has previously worked at a CDC funded organization, the Aurum Institute, which supports DOH health care facilities to reach their set goals in fighting HIV/TB.

Rendani Netshikweta Rendani Netshikweta is a current PhD student in the Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Venda, and a former Global Infectious Research Training Fellow. His GIRDT research training was conducted in 2015 in the Department of System and Information Engineering with collaborative mentorships from UVA faculty (Prof. G.P. Learnmoth) and Univen School (Prof. W. Garira) mentors. He cites the GIDRT fellowship as a pivotal experience in gaining skills in developing and simulating agent-based modeling as a scientific tool for studying complex system such as infectious disease systems. His current research focus on developing a multiscale modelling of diarrheal infections for studying the processes of diarrheal disease that typically occur across temporal, spatial, and biological scales. Renay Ngobeni

Renay Ngobeni graduated from the University of Venda with a Master of Science degree in 2015, and specialized in parasitology (Amoebiasis research). Her Msc research focused on Molecular characterization of E.histolytica strains and the impact of host genetics on amebic infection in Limpopo province of South Africa. In 2015, she received a GIDRT fellowship to train on diarrheal and infectious diseases at the University of Virginia. She is working with Professor Samie Amidou, University of Venda and Professor Carol Gilchrist, Dr. Shannon Moonah and Dr. William Petri, at the University of Virginia. Her PhD work is focused on the impact of genetic diversity and secreted extracellular vesicles on amoebic virulence. Her research will contribute to collaboration between UVA and UNIVEN in research is on health priorities of northern South Africa.




Alphonce Bere, PhD

Dr. Alphonce Bere obtained his PhD in Statistics from University of Western Cape 2015. He is currently a lecturer at the University of Venda. Dr. Bere’s research interests are survival analysis and modelling using Copulas.

Pascal Bessong, PhD*

Pascal O. Bessong is a Research Professor and Director of the HIV/AIDS & Global Health Research Programme at the University of Venda, South Africa. His research focuses on microbiological investigations impacting on translational science and global health. Specifically, he is interested in host and viral determinants of HIV drug resistance and the sustainability of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART); the impact of HAART on the pathogenesis of malignancy associated viruses; and the interaction of enteric viruses, vaccine response, gut integrity, growth and development in young children. He is the principal investigator of Transmitted and acquired HIV drug resistance in Limpopo Province, Bioprospecting platform, and MAL-ED South Africa research projects. Professor Bessong is the director of the national annual training workshop on gene expression and biotechnology. Yap Boum II, PhD

Yap Boum II is the regional representative for Epicenter Africa, the research arm of Médecins sans Frontières (MSF). Boum headed the Epicenter’s research base in Mbarara, Uganda for five years, leading research projects on tuberculosis and malaria among others. Prof Boum is currently involved in setting up a Center for Diarrheal Disease research in collaboration with Mbarara University of Sciences and Technology where he has a professorship in microbiology. In addition, he teaches public health and microbiology at the Universities of Yaoundé I and Douala. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia with whom he has been partnering for many years. Boum is also co-founder of Kmerpad, a nonprofit that developed washable sanitary pads to empower women and allow for them to fully participate in their education. He aims to advance research and innovative solutions and to promote the creation of a critical mass of young Africans to address the social and public health challenges Africa faces. Ereck Chakauya, PhD

Ereck Chakauya is the Network Manager for AU NEPAD Agency/Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (NEPAD SANBio), a shared AU/NEPAD RD&I platform for collaboration to address some of Southern Africa’s key health and Nutrition issues. His responsibilities include stakeholder engagement and agenda setting in continental bodies (AU/NEPAD, SADC) across the African continent and implementing projects across the SADC region. Dr. Chakauya is an accomplished biotechnologist in the areas of health and agriculture with several peer-reviewed journal articles, international presentations, and media engagements. He currently manages a portfolio of innovation projects across 13 countries (SADC, Zambia, Angola, South Africa, Lesotho, Mauritius, Madagascar, Seychelles, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Botswana). Dr. Chakauya has several awards to his name including SA Bio Plan Competition 1st Prize winner (Innovation Fund-Emory University) with R15.1m investment money for a Start-up Company. Publications: Selected Publications: 1. Tsekoa, T. Lotter-Stark, T. Buthelezi, S. Chakauya, E. et al. (2016). Efficient in Vitro and in Vivo Activity of Glyco-engineered Plant-Produced Rabies Monoclonal Antibodies E559 and 62-71-3. PLoS One 11(7):e0159313 2. Buthelezi SG, Dirr HW, Chakauya E, Chikwamba R, Martens L, Tsekoa TL, Stoychev SH, Vandermarliere E. (2016) The Lyssavirus glycoprotein: A key to cross-immunity. Virology 498:250-256


Jerome Chimgonda Nkhoma, PhD Professor Jerome Chimgonda received his PhD from the University of Reading, United Kingdom in 2014. He has over 20 years’ experience in managing communication for development programmes and projects at different levels in Malawi. He is a currently the Acting Director of Agriculture Extension Services in the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Water Development in the Government of Malawi. His research interests are governance and development, communication, innovations, gender and development, participation and social power, sexual and reproductive health, decentralization and development. Rebecca Dillingham MD, MPH* Rebecca Dillingham, MD/MPH, is the Director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Global Health. She holds faculty positions in the Division of Infectious Disease and International Health and in Public Health Sciences. Dr. Dillingham has led the development of global health training across UVa’s campus as the director of the UVa Framework Program in Global Health, which is supported by the Fogarty International Center of the National Institute of Health. Dr. Dillingham’s major clinical activity is the care of adult patients infected with HIV. Her major funded research projects include the use of cell phone-based technology to help vulnerable populations improve adherence to medications used to treat HIV and the evaluation of the impact of changes in water and sanitation on the incidence of water-borne disease. This research has taken place in Haiti, rural Virginia, and South Africa. Nomusa Dlamini, PhD

Dr. Nomusa Dlamini is a Principal Research Scientist, specializing in food sciences and technology at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in Pretoria, South Africa. She has a PhD in Food Science and Technology and also holds an MSc in Food Sciences. Dr. Dlamini has over 20 years’ combined experience in research and academia. She joined CSIR in 2007 and has done research in various aspects of food science and technology, including nutritional and phytochemical analysis, product development and processing of indigenous food products, incorporating grains and vegetables. Dr. Dlamini has participated in technology transfers with communities, trained and supervised undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as trained interns. She has worked on collaborative projects with local and international partners. She has co-authored several publications in international journals and presented at conferences and meetings. Tania Douglas, PhD*

Tania Douglas is a Professor in the Division of Biomedical Engineering and the DST/NRF Research Chair in Biomedical Engineering & Innovation at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Her research interests include medical imaging, contextually relevant health technology, and heath innovation management. She directs UCT’s contribution to the NIH-funded project “Developing innovative interdisciplinary biomedical engineering programs in Africa” which is led from Northwestern University and runs in collaboration with the Universities of Lagos and Ibadan. She completed degrees in electrical/electronic and biomedical engineering as well as an MBA at UCT, Vanderbilt University and the University of Strathclyde, and conducted postdoctoral research in image processing at the Japan Broadcasting Corporation. She is a fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering and a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa.

*Denotes GIDRT or D43 Faculty Mentor




Georges-Ivo Ekosse, PhD Dr. Georges-Ivo Ekosse (PhD; DTech; FAAS) is a Professor of Applied Clay Mineralogy and Environmental Geology and currently serves as the Director of Research and Innovation at the University of Venda. Prof. Ekosse has a passion for assisting, training, supervising, and promoting students and emerging researchers. He has initiated research embodying aspects of mineralogy, mining and the biophysical environment publishing on soils, clays and clay minerals, ore bodies, rocks and minerals, tailings dump, flora and fauna, and human health covering Botswana, Cameroon, Lesotho, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland and USA. Prof. Ekosse has attracted over 35 different research grants for his research and raised funding through winning grant proposals for staff and students.

Joseph Francis, PhD*

Dr. Joseph Francis holds a PhD degree in Animal Science from the University of Zimbabwe and is the current Director of the Institute for Rural Development at the University of Venda. He is passionate about democratizing rural development practice such that residents of grassroots communities self-drive their own social emancipation. Over the past 20 years, Professor Francis has promoted the actualization of appreciative inquiry and related participatory methods with the specific aim of empowering smallholder farmers and rural communities in various agro-ecological regions of Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. He regards himself as a highly skilled, versatile and ever thirsty for knowledge academic researcher and people-centered development practitioner. To date, he has successfully supervised 15 PhD and 31 research Masters students. In addition, he has published 44 peer-reviewed papers in various journals, a book and 3 book chapters. Moreover, he has presented more than 80 papers in national and international conferences. Amplifying Community Voices, born out of his consistent grassroots community work, is now an internationally renowned approach to engaged development practice. Winston Garira, PhD* Winston Garira is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Venda. Prof. Garira is an active researcher and is currently working on multiscale modelling of infectious disease systems. His research involves developing tractable predictive multiscale models of infectious disease transmission dynamics in which within-host processes (intracellular and intercellular) and infection dynamics interact through inoculum size and reinfection in the initial infection stages. The overall aim of the research is to develop multiscale models of infection and treatment in which events inside of infected cells and the spread of pathogen among cells (including the transmission of pathogen between human hosts) are modeled. His multiscale modelling work supports the planning and implementation of community-based randomized controlled trials (C-RCTs). Carol Gilchrist, PhD*

Carol Gilchrist is an Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine in the Department of Infectious Diseases and International Health at the University of Virginia. Her work has focused on using molecular methods to understand the biology and pathogenic phenotype of enteric parasites. Her hypothesis is that both parasite genetics and host environment factors control the virulent phenotype. Dr. Gilchrist’s current focus is on the use of molecular methods to identify the approaches that would be most effective in preventing disease. She was one of the authors on the paper describing the sequence of the E.histolytica genome and has also developed a new multi-locus sequence typing system to genotype this parasite. She has identified a parasite genotype more frequent in amebic liver abscesses and common in amebic diarrhea. She has also identified expansion of the P. copri pathobiont in the parasite micro-environment was associated with symptomatic amebiasis in the 2nd year of life.


Matt Glucksberg, PhD* Matt Glucksberg received his PhD in Engineering Mechanics from Columbia University in New York City and completed his postdoctoral training in pulmonary physiology in the Department of Physiology, also at Columbia. He is now a professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University. His recent research interests include pulmonary mechanics and lung liquid transport, and noninvasive sensing of blood flow and analytes, but he reserves most of his time for programmatic and research efforts in the area of Global Health Technologies. He served as the department chair for eight years where he helped establish Northwestern University’s focus on Global Health Engineering. He is the co-director and founder of the undergraduate Global Health Technologies program the MS certificate program in Global and Ecological Health Engineering. In 2015 he was appointed Honorary Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Cape Town. Megan Gray, MD

Dr. Megan Gray is a first year Infectious Diseases fellow at UVA. She completed her Internal Medicine residency training at UVA. Her research focuses on the infectious complications of injection drug use, specifically infective endocarditis in Virginia. She also has a research interest in global HIV prevention with pre-exposure prophylaxis.

Richard Guerrant, MD* Dr. Richard Guerrant is the Thomas H. Hunter Professor of International Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine at University of Virginia, and is Founding Director of the Center for Global Health at UVa. He is a member of the IOM/NAM and formerly chaired its Global Health Interest Group and the Board of Global Health that envisioned the Forum on Public-Private Partnerships for Global Health and Safety. Having lived and worked in Congo, Bangladesh and Brazil and trained at Davidson College, UVa, Harvard-BCH and Hopkins, his research is focused on understanding and ameliorating the long-term impact of diarrhea and repeated enteric infections in developing countries. He is senior editor of Tropical Infectious Diseases and is author of over 600 scientific articles and reviews. He is past president of the ASTMH and recipient of its highest honor, the Walter Reed Medal, as well as the IDSA Mentor Award, Virginia Outstanding Scientist, UVa’s highest honor, the Thomas Jefferson Award, and the NFID Maxwell Finland Award. Jabulani Gumbo, PhD Professor Jabulani Ray Gumbo is a Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor at University of Venda. He is a water resources management expert who holds a PhD is in Water Resources Management from the University of Pretoria. Prof. Gumbo is the first or second author of more than 26 peer reviewed papers, 22 conference proceedings and co-authored a chapter in a book. He is also a member of a number of professional bodies In his role, he has mentored numerous students and acts as a reviewer for NRF in the fields of cyanobacteria. Prof. Gumbo and has been invited to be a reviewer for multiple international publications.

*Denotes GIDRT or D43 Faculty Mentor




Joyce M Tsoka Gwegweni, PhD Dr. Tsoka-Gwegweni is an established academic with 24 years of health science research experience coupled with a range of qualifications that include a PhD, two masters’ and two honors degrees. Her research interests include public health; maternal, women’s and child health; epidemiology of communicable diseases; vulnerable populations; health research ethics and medical tourism. She has published journal articles and presented papers at both national and international levels.

Cornelius Hagenmeier, LLM Cornelius Hagenmeier is an international education administrator and legal academic who is rooted in the German and South African jurisdictions. He was born in Darmstadt, Germany on 15 June 1971. He obtained his qualification to be appointable as a judge in Germany (assessor juris) before he decided to settle in South Africa in 2002. He holds a South African LL.B. degree (UNISA) and a South African LL.M degree (UCT) and is a non-practicing attorney of the High Court of South Africa. He accepted an appointment at the University of Venda in 2007 in the Department of Public law and serves since 2011 as the institution’s Director of International Relations. In a voluntary capacity, he has been since 2011 a member of IEASA’s Management Council and holds since 2015 the portfolio as ‘Treasurer’ on the organisation’s Management Council. Marie-Louise Hammarskjold, MD, PhD* Dr. Marie-Louise Hammarskjold originally trained in Sweden, where she obtained her PhD and MD from Karolinska Institute. Since her thesis work that described the discovery of the first mammalian virus (Adenovirus) packaging sequence, she has pursued studies of viral/ host cell interactions of relevance for infectious disease and cancer. Dr. Marie-Louise Hammarskjold’s laboratory was the first to demonstrate that the latent EBV protein LMP1 activates NF-kB and they were also the first to demonstrate a role for Sam68 in translation of mRNAs with retained introns. For the past several years, her research has been mainly focused on RNA biology, specifically post-transcriptional RNA regulation in retroviruses and mammalian cells. In projects jointly pursued by her laboratory and that of David Rekosh, they have been involved in many aspects of the fundamental research that has led to their current knowledge about HIV Rev and RRE function and HIVRNA trafficking pathways. Their group was one of the first to show that Rev/RRE functions in mRNA export and the first to show that this overcomes cellular restrictions to export of mRNAs with retained introns. Their work has also led to the original discovery of specific pathways in mammalian cells that enable and regulate the expression of cellular mRNAs with retained introns.In recent work, they have shown that Nxf1/Nxt1/CTE function is conserved in teleost fish, indicating an important role for regulation of export and expression of mRNAs with retained introns that has been maintained in evolution. Publications:

Scott K. Heysell, MD, MPH Dr. Heysell is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health at the University of Virginia with prior field experience living and working in HIV and drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) endemic areas including rural South Africa, Tanzania, and Siberia (Irkutsk). Dr. Heysell has focused research efforts in TB because it is the leading killer from an infectious disease worldwide, while drug-resistant TB and the emerging syndemic of diabetes/TB threaten to erode all prior gains in global TB control. Dr. Heysell’s research focuses on optimizing pharmacokinetics and field-applicable drug-susceptibility tests for TB in populations at high risk of treatment failure. He now leads a NIH supported multinational cohort to establish pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic targets for the severe forms of TB


(across sites in Tanzania, Bangladesh, Uganda and Siberia), and to build capacity for infectious diseases research more broadly at these locations. He additionally has successfully mentored Tanzanian Master’s and PhD students in a range of TB science. Since 2010, he has also been involved in capacity building and science education at UNIVEN and in the secondary schools of Limpopo province, South Africa, through working with the Vuwani Science Resource Centre.

Selected Publications: Heysell SK, Mtabho C, Mpagama S, Mwaigwisya S, Ndusilo N, Pholwat S, Gratz J, Aarnouste R, Kibiki GS, Houpt ER. A plasma drug activity assay for treatment optimization in tuberculosis patients. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 2011; 55(12): 5819-5825 Mpagama S, Heysell SK, Ndusilo ND, Kumburu HH, Lekule IA, Kisonga RM, Gratz J, Boeree MJ, Houpt ER, Kibiki GS. Diagnosis and interim treatment outcomes from the first cohort of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis patients in Tanzania. PLoS ONE 2013; 8(5): e62034. Mpagama S, Houpt ER, Stroup S, Kumburu H, Gratz J, Kibiki GS, Heysell SK. Application of quantitative second-line drug susceptibility testing at a multidrug-resistant tuberculosis hospital in Tanzania. BMC Infect Dis 2013; 13: 432

Karen Ingersoll, PhD*

Karen Ingersoll has 20 years of experience as a clinical health psychologist and behavioral scientist. Her interest centers on developing interventions for people with medical disorders and addictive behaviors. Her two research programs are on improving adherence among patients living with HIV and substance use problems, and on reducing the risk of alcohol-exposed pregnancy as a strategy to reduce incident Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Ingersoll is an expert in Motivational Interviewing and use that as a foundation for new interventions as well as in her clinical work in HIV care. For the last several years, her research has involved developing novel interventions that can be delivered over mobile phones (mHealth) and the Internet (eHealth) in order to best reach the populations most in need. She has been an innovator in using technology to create and deliver efficacious brief behavioral interventions to improve antiretroviral treatment (ART) adherence. Prof. Ingersoll has nearly 20 years of experience as an NIH PI and has been the co-PI on a foundation-funded project to develop and pilot test an app to engage and retain HIV patients in care that significantly improved retention in care of a high risk nonurban subpopulation. Ademola Oluborode Jegede, LLM Ademola Oluborode Jeged is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Public and International Law, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, 0950, South Africa. He holds degrees from Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, University of Ibadan and the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria. He has been a research visitor to the Centre for International Environmental Law, USA and Human Rights Institute at Abo Akademi, Finland. His research focuses on theInterface of environmental issues with human rights of vulnerable groups and general international human rights law.

Flora Katz, PhD

Dr. Flora Katz is Director of the Extramural Division of International Training and Research at the Fogarty International Center, NIH. Trained in Cell and Molecular Biology (Ph.D., M.I.T.), Neurobiology (Columbia University), and Genetics (UCSF), she directed a research laboratory for 15 years in developmental biology and neurogenetics at U.T. Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas and Texas A&M University. Interdigitated with her academic career, she has lived and conducted research on wildlife conservation and biology (birds, elephants, and orangutans) in Malawi, Zambia, Israel, and Indonesia. She joined Fogarty in 2001, originally as a AAAS Science and Diplomacy Fellow. Her portfolio has included a spectrum of programs in innovation, natural products drug discovery linked to biodiversity conservation, genetics, and informatics that emphasize a broadly multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary model of research and research training with the goal of building research capacity in low and middle income countries.

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Base Khoza, PhD*

Professor Khoza is UNIVEN’s first Senior Professor. She holds a NRF C3 rating as an established researcher with specialties in Nursing Education, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. For two years the role (2012 and 2013), she emerged as UNIVEN’s best overall active researcher. Professor Khoza is a widely published scholar and reviewer of manuscripts for both national and international journals of high scientific repute. She has led several research projects funded both nationally and internationally and produced a number of PhDs and Masters Graduates. Professor Base Khoza is currently serving on the International Council of Nurses (ICN) Rural and Remote Nurses Network (RRNN) Core Steering Committee, which is represented by other eight members from international countries. On 03 September 2015, she was inaugurated into the Forum of University Nursing Deans in South Africa (FUNDISA) Hall of Fame for Research Excellence in Nursing in South Africa. This inauguration attests to the fact that UNIVEN is making gigantic strides in knowledge generation and dissemination. Khoza also received a Lifetime Achiever award of Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government and Titans: Building Nations. She also received a Continental Lifetime Achiever award of Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government representing SADC. Susan Kools, RN, PhD

Susan Kools is the Madge M. Jones Professor of Nursing and the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Virginia. Her expertise as a child and adolescent psychiatric nurse scientist has underpinned her 30 years of scholarship with young people who experience vulnerability, marginalization and health inequities. The major focus of her long-standing program of research is the health, mental health and development of adolescents. Her aim is to promote a greater understanding of developmentally and culturally appropriate interventions and contexts for care for young people. Professor Kools has also explored adolescent illness experiences in US and international settings including studies on adolescents with congenital heart defects, pediatric hyperlipidemia (funded by NINR), hospitalization experiences of adolescents in Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland (funded by the University of California Pacific Rim Research Program), and HIV prevention and care practices (funded by National Institute of Child Health and Development). She is a Co-Project Director for the University of Virginia’s Minority Health International Research Training Program. Professor Kools has partnered with Viola Nyakato on a community-based participatory research study on sexual and reproductive health for very young adolescents in rural Uganda as part of the MUVA collaboration. Publications:

Glenda Kruss Van Der Heever, PhD Dr. Glenda Kruss is a director in the Education and Skills Development programme. She holds a Masters at the University of Cape Town and obtained a PhD from the University of Ulster in 1992. Before joining the HSRC in June 2001, she was Associate Professor at the University of the Western Cape. Her areas of research interest include: higher education, innovation and development, exploring the issue of responsiveness to economic and social needs, and the contribution of the post-school sector to skills development strategies. She has collaborated widely on comparative projects with research teams in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, and led large scale projects for national government departments. Dr Kruss’ publication record spans the authoring and co-authoring of more than 40 conference presentations and 20 journal articles, as well as two books and a number of research monographs. Her most recent work, published in the Journal of Development Studies, investigates universities and knowledge-based development in sub-Saharan Africa.


Annette Lansink, LLM

Annette Lansink is the Dean of the School of Law at the University of Venda, South Africa. She holds law degrees from universities in South Africa and the Netherlands. She obtained her bachelor of laws and master of laws (Kand,; Mr.) (Groningen)) from a leading research university. She obtained a second LLM degree in constitutional and international law from the University of South Africa (LLM). Lansink has extensive experience in higher education and has contributed to the transformation of the university in numerous roles. Her research interests are in the areas of human rights, public international law, gender, migration and the transformation of higher education. She was the Rapporteur on women and migration for the global International Law Association’s Committee on Feminism and International Law and has published nationally and internationally in both scholarly journals and the popular media and delivered papers in many countries and fora, including the United Nations. Vusumuzi Malele, MEng Vusumuzi “Vusi” Malele is a Deputy Director of High-End Skills. He is responsible fort he Established Researchers Programme (i.e South African Research Chairs Initiative, Centres of Excellence, etc) within the Research Support Unit of the South African Government Department of Science and Technology (DST). He holds a Master of Engineering Science (MEngSci) in Electronics from Stellenbosch University. He is currently enrolled for a Doctor of Technology (DTech) degree in Industrial Engineering at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT). His research interests are on: leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation management, engineering and technology management, information and communication technologies (ICTs). Lizzy Mangena-Netshikweta, RN, PhD Lizzy Mangena-Netshikweta is a graduate of Wits University School of Nursing (Honours) and University of South Africa, Department of Health Studies MA CUR and D Litt et Phil. She is currently a Professor of Nursing and served as the Water and Health in Limpopo (WHIL) project’s member at UNIVEN under Professor Bessong in the Mal-ED project. She is also serving as HOD of the Department of Nursing Science at the University of Venda, South Africa. She is the recipient of several awards and honors for research and community engagement as well as, a member of several professional organizations. Prof. Mangenda-Netshikweta has more than 46 Peer reviewed publication in accredited national and international journals. She has also served as Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia and the University of Maastricht, Netherlands. Tichaona Mangwende, PhD Dr. Tichaona Mangwende is the Technology and Innovation Hub Programme Manager at NEPAD Science.

Sonto Maputle, PhD*

Dr. Sonto Maputle is a nurse educator (1992) and an advanced midwife (2000), a PhD holder of University by the Johannesburg, South Africa (2004), and a Professor. Her research interest is Maternal and Child Health. She is also a lecturer for Midwifery and Neonatal Nursing at the University of Venda. A lot of Dr. Maputle’s research studies were focused on Maternal and child health.: Some of the findings from Dr. Maputle’s studies facilitated the formulation of pregnancy prevention interventions and made midwives aware on the importance of implementing Batho Pele principles when providing care during childbirth. Conducting the research on childbirth issues further stimulated her interest on contributing to education and learning of students on Midwifery content.

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Alpheus Masoga, PhD

Professor Alpheus Masoga is an alumni of the University of the Free State (UFS). His deep knowledge of research, in particular the indigenous knowledge systems, was sharpened by a number of work experiences at senior management level ranging from managing the South Africa’s National Research Foundation’s (NRF) Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Education Research Portfolios, having headed the Historical Sciences School at the then University of the North-Qwa Qwa Campus. He founded the African Renaissance Center at the then University of the North-Qwa Qwa Campus. He directed the Research Department of the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Religious, Linguistic, Cultural Rights of Communities (CRL Rights Commission). Professor Masoga was the editor of the Development Southern Africa journal housed at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and Social and Institutional Specialist and Senior Researcher at the DBSA. Currently, his is the appointed Research Professor in the School of Human and Social Sciences at the University of Venda. He is a supervisor and promoter of postgraduate studies. He is widely published in peer reviewed journals, book chapters, a book, reports, and critical analytical papers. Lufuno Mavhandu-Ramarumo, PhD Dr. Lufuno Mavhandu-Ramarumo obtained a doctorate in Microbiology specializing in molecular virology from the University of Venda in 2014. She has been the recipient of the Pfizer International Fellowship Initiative, the bursary and mobility grant from the National Research Foundation, and the South African AIDS Vaccine Initiative. In 2010, she was awarded the DST/ TATA South African Women in Science Award, in the Young Scientist category. She is currently a research fellow at the University of Venda, and the scientific coordinator at UNIVEN for two Fogarty International Center/NIH training grants (Global Infectious Disease Research Training Program, and Water and Health in Limpopo), and the MAL-ED Project sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2015, she received a training grant management from the National Institutes of Health, USA. Dr. Mavhandu-Ramarumo’s research interest is on molecular genetics with a focus on the molecular basis of HIV drug resistance and its implications on the efficacy and sustainability of first line antiretroviral therapy. Dr. Mavhandu-Ramarumo is an awardee of the Thuthuka-NRF programme to investigate biomarkers of adherence to antiretrovirals, and to determine the phenotypic significance of observed but uncharacterized mutations that arise in HIV-1 subtype C upon drug exposure. She is the co-principal investigator of an MRC funded project on drug resistance in Limpopo Province. Peter Mbati, PhD

Prof. Peter Mbati is the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Venda. He obtained his PhD in Parasitology from Kenyatta University and thereafter embarked on a postdoctoral training in advanced studies in protozoan diseases at the Research Centre for Protozoan Molecular Immunology, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Japan. Prof Mbati serves on the Executive Boards of RUFORUM (Regional Universities Forum for Agriculture) and the AAU (Association of African Universities) and, the Association of African Universities. He has also been recently invited to serve as an Academic Advisory Board Member of the Academic Research Centre based in Harare, Zimbabwe. He Chairs the Higher Education and Leadership Management programme of Universities South Africa. Prof. Mbati is an NRF-rated scientist and has published widely in peer-reviewed internationally recognized journals. He has supervised over 20 post graduate students at Masters and doctoral levels in the fields of molecular parasitology and immunology. As Vice Chancellor at UNIVEN, he has overseen major transformative initiatives at the institution, including extensive academic re-engineering of the academic project; exponential growth in research outputs and post graduate students and; construction of state of the art infrastructure to the value of R 1.5 billion through competitive grants he was awarded by the Department of Higher Education and Training, SETAs and other private donors. In addition he sourced over R67 mil from Bank SETA towards funding a nascent SAICA-accredited BCom accounting programme. Prof. Mbati has previously served as the Acting Director of the Biomedical Sciences Research Centre of the Kenya Medical Research Institute, Campus Principal of the Qwaqwa Campus of the University of the Free State and, Group Executive Livestock Business Division of the Agricultural Research Council, South Africa.


Kathleen McManus, MD Dr. McManus is a clinician-scientist who is completing her clinical and research fellowship in the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health at the University of Virginia. She received her Medical Degree from Columbia University and then completed a Master’s degree in clinical research at UVA. She has been studying HIV healthcare delivery, and currently, she is funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to study how the United States’ health policy changes affect persons living with HIV in Virginia. She aims to expand her work on HIV healthcare delivery to Saskatchewan, Canada and Limpopo, South Africa. In Limpopo, she is interested in studying community-based interventions that improve retention in HIV care and ways to implement the World Health Organization’s recommendation to develop a differentiated care model for HIV. Her career objective is to help optimize HIV outcomes. Publications:

Christopher Moore, MD Dr. Christopher C. Moore is an Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health at the University of Virginia where he serves as the Director of the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program. Dr. Moore’s research interests include sepsis pathophysiology with particular interest in the role of the innate immune system and sepsis pathophysiology, management, and outcomes of HIV infected patients in sub-Saharan Africa. Recently, he has written recently about the outcomes of patients with severe sepsis in Uganda as well as the immune response to experimental sepsis. The Mbarara University of Science and TechnologyUniversity of Virginia (MUVA) research and training collaboration started in 2007 under the leadership of Dr. Moore. Jeffrey Mphahlele, PhD Jeffrey Mphahlele is the Vice President of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) since October 2014, the largest science council dedicated to funding and conducting health research in South Africa. He concurrently holds the Co-Directorship of the SAMRC/ Diarrhoeal Pathogens Research Unit, a World Health Organisation (WHO) Rotavirus Regional Reference Laboratory for Africa, based at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (formerly MEDUNSA) in Pretoria. His research interest in prevention and control of human viral diseases has covered a wide range of topics, including the viral hepatitis, gastrointestinal viral infections, human papillomaviruses, molecular epidemiology of HIV, genomics of infectious diseases, vaccination control of hepatitis B, rotavirus and HPV, and strengthening immunisation services and policies. He is actively involved in developing the next generation of scientists; and has to date trained, supervised and mentored several PhD and Master students. Jeffrey has published widely in the areas of his research interests. Over 80 scientific articles and reviews have been published in peer-reviewed journals, contributed three book chapters and edited journal supplements. Robert L. Murphy, PhD* Dr. Robert L. Murphy is the Director of the Center for Global Health at Northwestern University where he holds his primary academic appointment as the John P. Phair Professor of Medicine. His primary research and clinical interest is in viral infections. Dr. Murphy’s research includes drug development of new antiretroviral drugs and vaccines for HIV and viral hepatitis and the scale-up of therapy for AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Murphy is Special Advisor to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program in Nigeria, sponsored by the Harvard School of Public Health, where he has overseen the set up of 42 clinics that currently treat over 75,000 patients with HIV/AIDS. He also consults on NIH-supported antiretroviral education projects in Senegal and is Pricipal Investigator for Northwestern’s NIH/ Fogarty International AIDS Training Grant based in Nigeria and Mali and the Northwestern Fogarty Frameworks grant. International activities and interests include assisting in the establishment of an AIDS Clinic in rural southern Kenya funded by the African Village Clinics Foundation of Chicago.

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Edgar Musie, PhD

Conrad Muzoora, MD

Dr. Edgar Musie holds a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Venda. He is a senior lecturer in the Department of Microbiology. His research interests are in Bacteriology and Food Nicrobiology. He has supervised and co-supervised postgraduate students as well as serving as an external examiner for various institutions. He served in the Welcome Trust SNOWS project which is a consortium aimed at building African capacity for interdisciplinary research in water and sanitation project to improve public health. He also served in the MAL-ED South Africa research project. In 2013, he was one of the awardees for Vice Chancellors Excellence in Teaching & Learning and emerging researcher.

Conrad Muzoora is a lecturer in internal medicine at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Mbarara, uganda. Dr. Muzoora is a HIV physician-scientist with formal training in clinical research. He has conducted three clinical trials involving cryptococcal meningitis. As a senior lecturer he is influential in setting policy, developing treatment guidelines, and teaching undergraduate and postgraduate medical trainees. His research interest is in HIV Aids and associated opportunistic infections specifically Cryptococcus meningitis and Tuberculosis. Dr. Muzoora has served as a mentor to numerous individuals and has published in a number of peer-reviewed publications.

Josyf Mychaleckyj, PhD* Dr. Mychaleckyj’s research interests are in the application of genetics and genomics to complex metabolic diseases such as diabetes complications and cardiovascular disease, and more recently, as a tool to gain insights into problems of global health. His computational and analysis group has collaborated with researchers in Bangladesh and Brazil to better understand the health problems of infants and children that suffer linear-growth faltering and are underweight, resulting in poorer long-term health and cognitive development compared to children in high-income countries. Modern genomic technologies offer a highly multiplexed biomarker approach to dissect the multifactorial biological processes underlying these pathologies. He has authored or co-authored over 110 publications and has served on US National Institutes of Health and Foundation panels. Publications:

Vhonani Olive Netshandama, PhD Professor Vhonani Olive Netshandama holds a PhD in Nursing Education from the University of Johannesburg. She is the 2016 DST distinguished woman scientist in the category of Human and Social Sciences. Currently the Director of Community Engagement programmes at the University of Venda, Professor Netshandama has over 20 years’ experience in higher education. She has mentored and supervised a significant number of Undergraduates, Masters and PhD students in the transdisciplinary spaces, including students from the University of Virginia. She was one of the key partners during the inception of Water and health in Limpopo province. She has authored several articles in peer review journals, most of which are co-authored with students. Her current interdisciplinary research focus is exploring effective relational practices and learning modalities at an interface between the university and the community. She has notable experience in working in a cross-cultural, multi-stakeholder engagement spaces.


Ndanduleni Nthambeleni, PhD Dr. Ndanduleni B. Nthambeleni completed his Bachelor’s and Honours degree at the University of Durban Westville in Kwazulu-Natal. He holds a DLitt et Phil degree from the University of Johannesburg. Dr. Nthambeleni worked as a lecturer at the Department of Sociology at Vista University’s East Rand Campus for a number of years. He currently works for the National Research Foundation in Pretoria as Executive Director in charge of the Grants Management and Systems Administration directorate. Dr. Nthambeleni is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES), Stellenbosch University, Cape Town as well as a member of the Advisory Board of the InnoVenton/Downstream Chemicals Technology Station, at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU). He is also a member of the following professional bodies: Institute of Directors in Southern Africa, the South African Research & Innovation Management Association (SARIMA), the South African Sociological Association (SASA) and the International Sociological Association (ISA). He has written and published articles and supervised students. Viola Nyakato, PhD

Dr. Viola Nilah Nyakato is the Director of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Training and Research at Mbarara University of Science in Technology in Uganda. For more than 10 years, Dr. Nyakato has been engaged in a number of research projects that delve into the underlying gender barriers particularly decision-making, women’s land rights, couple relations and life skills that limit access maternal health care for young people and women and adolescent reproductive health. She has conducted research on unmet sexual and reproductive health needs of University students in Uganda and intra-household social determinants of maternal health care demand in southwestern Uganda. She has also spearheaded the development of an academic programme in Gender and Women’s health that mainstream teaching and research in GBV among other women health burdens. More recently, she has partnered with Prof. Susan Kools and has hosted students with UVA’s MHIRT program. Segun Obadire, PhD

Segun Obadire, PhD is the Chief Administrative Officer for the Directorate of International Relations. He obtained his PhD in Rural Development from the University of Venda.

John Odiyo, PhD*

Professor John Ogony Odiyo is a Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources at the University of Venda. He has a PhD in Water Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He has been providing strategic leadership as the Dean of the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Venda since 2013. Before this he served for 3 years as Deputy Dean of the School of Environmental Sciences. He researches and conducts postgraduate supervision in the field of Water and Environmental Engineering, a field in which he has published extensively. His research transcends hydrology and water resources and thus additionally includes water/wastewater pollution and remediation, water systems analysis and water supply. He has been part of the team working in Water and Health project in Limpopo Province under partnership between University of Venda and the University of Virginia’s Center for Global Health.

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Samson Okello, MD, MSc Samson Okello is a clinical lecturer at Mbarara Univeristy of Science and Technology (Uganda) where he received both his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in medicine. He also has a Master of Science degree in clinical epidemiology from Harvard T. H Chan School of Public Health, MA USA. Dr. Okello is involved in clinical care of patients and specifically leads the hypertension outpatients’ clinic and the Gastroenterology subspeciality, performing GI endoscopy for the entire southwestern Uganda as well as teaching the subject to residents and medical students. His research interest is in cardiovascular research, specifically hypertension, heart failure, and esophageal cancer investigating the interactions with HIV, behavioral factors such as diet and sociocultural factors. Over the years, he has conducted onsite and teleeducation sessions with internal medicine residents of the University of Virginia, USA. He has received numerous teaching and research accolades in recognition for his skills as a researcher and educator. Publications:

Jan Phalane

Jan Phalane is a Professional Officer for the Grants Management and System Administration (GMSA) directorate within the RISA business unit of the National Research Foundation. He is currently coordinating and monitoring grants under the Africa Bilaterals, Africa Multilateral Engagements, Asia-America, Knowledge Interchange and Collaboration (KIC) programmes. He is therefore mainly responsible for the financial monitoring of various grants awarded within the specified Programmes. Phalane also facilitates grant proposal assessment to ensure quality and effective grant making decisions and provide support to the director as and when the need arises. His previous engagements include working as a Project Leader on various funding instruments with the NRF, implementing framework and guideline documents, taking a leading role in the reviews & evaluations of submitted proposals and developing the standard operating procedures for the business unit. He also worked as a Liaison Officer in the grant management section, screening and verifying applications, implementing final funding decisions, turning funding decisions into awards and administering grant expenditures. Natasha Potgieter, PhD* Professor Natasha Potgieter is the Dean of the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences. She joined the University of Venda in 1997 as a lecturer where she started the Department of Microbiology. She obtained her PhD in Medical Virology from the University of Pretoria in 2007. She has more than 25 years of teaching and training experience in the Higher Education section. She is actively engaged in research on water and health-related microbiology and has established a very successful research group which caters to undergraduate students to PhD level. She is part of several national and international research groups and has led several research projects nationally and internationally. She is also very keen on mentoring female scientists – both students and female staff members. She holds a C3 NRF rating as an established researcher. She has produced several Masters and PhD graduates nationally and internationally. In addition, she is a widely published scholar and reviewer of manuscripts for both national and international journals of high scientific repute. She has been appointed by the University of Johannesburg as a visiting Professor at the Water and Health Research Unit for the past 6 years and has actively assisted in research and post graduate output in the Research Unit.


David Rekosh, PhD*

David Rekosh has been working on HIV molecular biology since 1985, with continuous grant support from NIH. His laboratory, together with the laboratory of his wife and close collaborator, Marie-Louise Hammarskjold, has been studying post-transcriptional gene regulation by HIV and other retroviruses. Dr. Rekosh’s publication record shows a consistent track record of important and sometimes groundbreaking accomplishment over the past 25 years. He was among the first to show that Rev binding to the HIV RRE mediated nucleocytoplasmic export. He and Dr. Hammarskhjold are the discovers of the Constitutive Transport Element that is found in some of the simpler retroviruses. This discovery led to a paradigm shift in the way that Rev function was viewed, namely that it is there to mediate the export on mRNAs that retain introns. I also have worked on aspects of HIV assembly, RNA packaging, HIV envelope protein function, HIV Nef protein function and cellular mRNA transport. Publications: Jeanita Richardson, PhD* Jeanita W. Richardson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences (PHS) at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and a Center for Global Health Distinguished Scholar, a Provost award. Her experience in community engagement leadership and research mentorship make her a highly sought after resource for culturally respectful research practices within and outside UVa. Dr. Richardson is recognized nationally for her expertise in designing effective strategies to enhance the health of children through public health partnerships with schools. Her scholarship highlights the nexus between health and learning readiness in children and the role of culturally respectful approaches to research. Dr. Richardson is Co-PI of the NIH Minority Health and Health Disparities training grant designed to reduce global rural health disparities in St. Kitts and Nevis, Uganda and South Africa. Amiodou Samie, PhD*

Dr. Amidou Samie is an Associate Professor of Microbiology at the University of Venda. He trained at the University of Venda and the University of Virginia for his PhD under the mentorship of Professor Richard Guerrant and Professor Larry Obi. He is currently participating in the training of research fellows from South Africa and from the University of Virginia further nurturing the collaborative partnership between the two institutions. He gives lectures on topics covering Parasitology, Molecular Biology, Infectious diseases and Industrial Microbiology. He is currently a rated researcher by the National Research Foundation of South Africa at the category C2 and is a member of the Limpopo Provincial Health Research Committee. He has published close to 100 research papers and book chapters in the field of Microbiology, Public Health and infectious diseases and graduated several MSc and PhDs. His research activities cover mostly topics in infectious diseases from epidemiology to control as well as water quality and treatment. His particular interests lie in the study of intestinal protozoan parasites and opportunistic infections among HIV patients as well as the potential impact of childhood diarrhoea on growth and child development. His interest also covers factors affecting the disease occurrence such as genetic susceptibility and molecular genetics of infecting microorganisms.

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Rebecca Scharf, MD*

Dr. Rebecca Scharf is a developmental pediatrician at the University of Virginia’s Center for Global Health. Dr. Scharf completed medical school at SUNY College of Medicine in Brooklyn, residency in Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, fellowship in Developmental Pediatrics at the Rose F. Kennedy Center at Einstein College of Medicine and her Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology at Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She is interested in the care of children with disabilities around the world. Clinically she directs four clinics at the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital: 1) Myelomeningocele, 2) Pediatric Muscular Dystrophy and Neuromuscular Disorders, 3) Neurodevelopmental Outcomes of Congenital Cardiac Disease and 4) International Child Development. Dr. Scharf enjoys seeing children with developmental concerns who have come from all over the world. With regards to educational responsibilities, Dr. Scharf has the privilege of teaching first year medical students about malnutrition, medical complexity and child development. She mentors students and fellows on research to improve care for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities around the world. Dr. Scharf’s research involves examining the developmental outcomes of early childhood malnutrition and enteric disease. She is interested in finding ways to promote early childhood development so children have the opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential. Publications:

Geoff Setswe, DrPH

Professor Geoff Setswe is a Deputy Executive Director in the HIV/AIDS, STI & TB Programme. He holds a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree from the University of Limpopo, and obtained a Masters of Public Health (MPH) from Temple University in Philadelphia, USA (1998). His doctorate focused on behavioural interventions for reducing HIV risk among employees.This study provided policy makers and implementers with evidence of behavioural interventions that work to reduce HIV risk among employees in various workplaces.He worked for the HSRC as Chief Research Specialist and Research Director from 2006 to 2010. Before rejoining the HSRC in December 2013, he was a Professor of Public Health at Monash University, Australia and a Founding Head of the School of Health Sciences at Monash South Africa from 2010 to 2013. Prof. Setswe is an expert on the social aspects of HIV and AIDS and on the development of research programs to reduce HIV transmission and the impact of AIDS. He has been principal investigator on more than 12 research projects in HIV/AIDS and public health in the past 8 years. His research interests are in the behavioural and social aspects of HIV/AIDS/TB/STI, AIDS/TB policy, epidemiology and general public health issues where he has almost 90 publications (50 journal articles, eight books/book chapters and 31 technical reports) and more than 60 conference presentations. Publications:

Young S. Hahn, PhD*

Dr. Young Hahn received her PhD in Biology from the California Institute of Technology. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Washington University School of Medicine and University of Virginia Health Sciences Center in their Departments of Pathology. Her research is focused on investigating a potential immunoregulatory mechanism of suppression of host immune responses during hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Specifically, she plans to determine the role of exosome released from HCV-infected hepatocytes, resulting in perturbation of CD4+ T follicular helper (Tfh) cell function via promoting the expansion of T follicular regulatory cells. As a result of inhibition of Tfh cell responses, there is a significant suppression of plasmablast critical for memory B cell responses. Professor Shin has a broad background in virology, viral immunology and liver pathogenesis with training and expertise in key research areas for this application. Young Hahn is currently looking to determine the mechanism for alteration of innate immunity by HCV in humans. Specifically, studies are focused on elucidating the role of aberrant APC activation in resulting in the impaired T cell responses. Publications: Selected Publications: 1. Kittlesen, D. J., Chianese-Bullock, K.A., and Hahn, Y.S. 2000. Hepatitis C virus core protein inhibits the human T lymphocytes response through its interaction with the complement receptor, gC1qR. Journal of Clinical Investigation 106:1239-1249. 2. Hahn, Y.S. 2003. Subversion of Immune Response by Hepatitis C virus: Immunomodulatory strategies beyond evasion? Current Opinions in Immunology 15:443-449.


Addmore Shonhai, PhD Addmore Shonhai is a professor and head of Biochemistry at the University of Venda in South Africa. He received his BSc Honours degree in Applied Biology & Biochemistry from the National University of Science & Technology (NUST) in Zimbabwe. He subsequently worked in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries before studying for a PhD in Biochemistry at Rhodes University in South Africa. Prof. Shonhai’s area of research involves understanding the role of heat shock proteins in the development malaria parasites. Another area of interest involves using heat shock proteins as biotechnological tools to enhance recombinant protein production in E. coli. He is also interested in the prospects of using synthetic gold nanoparticles as artificial molecular chaperones. Prof. Shonhai has been serving as a council member of the South African Society of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (SASBMB) since 2011. In 2015, he was appointed to sit on the panel of the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa rating committee for the Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology section. Prof. Shonhai is a recipient of a prestigious Georg Foster Fellowship, awarded to him by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany. Leickness Simbayi, PhD Professor Simbayi is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO) for Research (DCEO-R) and holds a Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil.) degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Sussex in England, United Kingdom. He is a registered Research Psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa’s Professional Board of Psychology and also a Member of Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). He is also currently an Honorary Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town. His research is in the area of social aspects of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). In particular, his research has focused on second-generation HIV surveillance especially behavioural surveys, HIV/AIDS-related stigma and discrimination, orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), determinants of HIV infection (such as poverty, alcohol and drug use, gender-based violence, sex in the presence of blood, multiple sexual partnerships, and male circumcision), and theorybased HIV social and behavioural risk reduction interventions including positive prevention which targets people living with HIV/AIDS who are aware of their status. James Smith, PhD*

James A. Smith is the Henry L. Kinnier Professor of Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Virginia. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1983 and 1984, respectively. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Princeton University in 1992.Mr. Smith is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and is the founder of PureMadi, a not-for-profit organization working to solve global water and health problems by working at the interface of water, societal, and human health disciplines. He is the inventor of the MadiDrop, a novel silver-ceramic tablet for household water purification. He is a member of the Water and Health in Limpopo (WHIL) program in collaboration with the University of Venda in Thohoyandou, South Africa. His research interests include sustainable point-of-use water treatment technologies for the developing world and their impact on human health, the disinfection properties of zero-valent nano-silver and nano-copper particles, organic vapor transport in the vadose zone, low-impact development (LID) technologies for stormwater runoff, the fate and transport of emerging environmental pollutants, the engineering properties of organoclays, phytoremediation, and bacterial chemotaxis in porous media.

*Denotes GIDRT or D43 Faculty Mentor




Tania Thomas, MD

Dr. Tania Thomas is a clinician investigator from the University of Virginia. She is an infectious disease specialist with a research interest in childhood TB. Her current work focuses on measuring host-immune responses to TB and leveraging them as diagnostic biomarkers for children and adults. She also conducts community-based contact investigation studies to increase the early detection of pediatric TB cases. She has prior experience working in rural hospital settings in South Africa, conducting studies on comprehensive specimen collection techniques to enhance the diagnosis of TB and the nosocomial transmission of XDR-TB in children.

Publications: public/?sort=date&direction=descending Selected publications: 1. Sariko M, Anderson C, Mujaga B, Gratz J, Mpagama SG, Heysell S, Kibiki G, Mmbaga B, Houpt E, Thomas T. Evaluation of the Antibody in Lymphocyte Supernatant Assay to Detect Active Tuberculosis. PLoS One. 2017 Jan;12(1): e0169118 2. Thomas TA, Heysell SK, Moodley P, Montreuil R, Ha X, Friedland G, Bamber SA, Moll AP, Gandhi N, Brant WE, Sturm W, Shah S. Intensified specimen collection to improve tuberculosis diagnosis in children from Rural South Africa, an observational study. BMC Infect Dis. 2014 Jan;14:11 3. Thomas TA, Brighenti S, Andersson J, Sack D, Raqib R. A new potential biomarker for childhood tuberculosis. Thorax. 2011; 2011 Aug;66(8):727-9

Afsatou TraorĂŠ, PhD*

Dr. Afsatou Ndama TraorĂŠ holds an MSc and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Johannesburg. She is currently Head of Department and Senior Lecturer in Immunology within the Microbiology Department of the University of Venda. Her current research interests are in general immunology in water quality and ethno pharmacology. As a postdoctoral fellow in the Water & Health Research Unit at the University of Johannesburg, she continued in the field of immunological responses that correlate to the inflammatory potential of highly polluted water to its bacterial contents. She has also worked as a clinical Lab director in Gabon where she received funding from the European and Developing countries clinical trials partnership (EDCTP) for capacity building in providing opportunity for training and mentoring of young scientists. Rendani Tshifhumulo, PhD Dr. Rendani Tshifhumulo is a senior Lecturer and a co-coordinator in Sociology section, University of Venda. She teaches medical sociology, family sociology and social science research methods. She has written and presented papers both nationally and Internationally including London, Iceland and Dubai. Most of her written work is on domestic violence, social health, culture and myth.

Takalani Tshitangano


Takalani G Tshitangano is a lecturer in the Department of Public Health, School of Health Sciences at University of Venda. She is an emerging researcher with 23 years of public service experience in various fields. She has published eleven papers in peer reviewed accredited journals. She reviews manuscripts for Curationis South African peer reviewed Journal. She is actively engaged in research projects in partnership with Vhembe district. Her specific areas of expertise and interests include health promotion in communities and schools, infection control, management of chronic lifestyle diseases, control of communicable diseases such TB and HIV; and general management.

Edward D. Walker, PhD* My current position is currently a full professor at Michigan State University, with a primary appointment in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and a secondary appointment in the Department of Entomology. His primary areas of interest are: (1) Mosquito microbiome and insect/microbe interactions; (2) The interaction of malaria and agriculture; (3) Landscape ecology and epidemiology of vector-borne diseases, emphasizing human malaria, West Nile viral encephalitis and Lyme disease; (4) Stability and resiliency of Anopheles vector populations and malaria transmission under strong interventions; and (5) Development and application of toxic sugar bait technology. He have a long-term interest in mosquito behavior, including oviposition and blood-host selection. In addition to his research, Dr. Walker’s responsibilities include graduate education and training along with postdoctoral training, including participation in and the administration of, two international training grants (Papua New Guinea and Malawi). Mark Williams, MBA Mark Williams is an international partner with Folia Water and is based in Cape Town, South Africa. He received his B.A. in Political Studies from University of Cape Town, a Management Development Programme Diploma from University of Stellenbosch, and an MBL from University of South Africa. He has over 20 years of management experience in marketing, sales, and business development. An active Rotarian, Mark is currently serving his 2nd term as Assistant Governor for District 9350 (Western Cape, Angola, and Namibia). Mark is a Paul Harris Fellow, and Board Secretary of the South African Small & Medium Enterprises Federation. Tawanda Zininga, PhD

Tawanda Zininga is currently a Claude leon postdoctoral fellow in the department of Biochemistry at University of Venda in South Africa where she finished her PhD studies. He received his MSc in Molecular Biology from Staffordshire University (Stoke-on Trent, UK) and BSc Honours degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences from the University of Zimbabwe (Harare, Zimbabwe). He has worked as a Medical Scientific officer in both Public and Private Hospitals. Dr. Zininga’s current research is on protein biochemistry focusing on protein folding machinery as a potential drug target in infectious diseases.

Selected Publications: 1. Zininga T., Achilonu I., Hoppe H., Prinsloo E., Dirr H., Shonhai A (2016) Plasmodium falciparum Hsp70-z, an Hsp110 homologue, exhibits independent chaperone activity and interacts with Hsp70-1 in a nucleotide-dependent fashion. Cell Stress & Chaperones, DOI 10.1007/s12192-016-0678-4 2. Zininga T., Makumire S., Gitau G. W., Njunge J. M., Pooe O. J., Klimek H., Scheurr R., Raifer H., Prinsloo E., Przyborski J.M., Hoppe H., Shonhai A. (2015) Plasmodium falciparum Hop (PfHop) interacts with the Hsp70 chaperone in a nucleotide-dependent fashion and exhibits ligand selectivity. PLoS ONE. 10 (8), e0135326 3. Sigidi M., Anokwuru C., Zininga T., Tshisikawe MP., Shonhai A., Ramaite I., Van Der Venter M., Traoré & Potgieter N., Comparative in vitro cytotoxic, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbiological activities of two indigenous Venda medicinal plants. Translational Medicine Communications 1: 9. DOI:10.1186/s41231-016-0009-x.

Dan Mathanga, MD, PhD* Dr Mathanga is an infectious diseases epidemiologist with a special focus on malaria. Currently, he is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Public Health, College of Medicine, University of Malawi. He is also the Director of Malaria Alert Centre, a research affiliate of the College of Medicine that works with the National malaria Control Programme and international partners to implement, monitor and evaluate interventions to control malaria and other communicable diseases. As a co/Investigator on an several NIH-funded grants, Dr. Mathanga has been instrumental in the design, implementation and reporting of research projects. He has also provided on the job mentorship of several researchers, both from Malawi and abroad, leading to several publications. Recently his work has focused on understanding why malaria risk remains high in Malawi despite decades of scaling up interventions.

*Denotes GIDRT or D43 Faculty Mentor




We are grateful for the support of many individuals, organizations, community leaders and study participants who have made our collaborations and work possible. We would like to thank the following individuals and organizations: Center for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Donald Frazier Hospital Dzimauli communities Fogarty International Center Folia Water Harvard Framework faculty, mentors, and fellows Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) Kenyatta Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) Michigan State University Framework faculty, mentors, and fellows National Institutes of Health, United States of America National Research Foundation, South Africa New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Northwestern Framework faculty, mentors, and fellows Pamela and Peter Kelly Family South Africa Medical Research Council South Africa Medical Research Council Grand Challenges Tshilidzini Hospital Vanderbilt Framework faculty, mentors, and fellows There are countless others who have made our research and partnerships possible, and we extend our sincere thanks to them.




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