Fellowship site: Makarere University, Kampala, Uganda
Research interest: Human African Trypanosomiasis surveillance and diagnosis - study of the biology and epidemiology of trypanosomiasis as a disease and that of the tsetse fly
Anne Nalunkuma Kazibwe is a postdoctoral fellow at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity, Makerere University. She completed her Ph.D. in 2008 at the University of Glasgow in the field of Molecular Parasitology where she looked at factors influencing the spread and selection of drug resistance in Human African Trypanosomiasis in Uganda. Earlier on Anne Kazibwe carried out research work on antimalarial drug resistance at Med Biotech Laboratories contributing to several publications on Malaria and her MSc. degree at the University of Glasgow in 2004. She has currently been focusing on genetic characterization of trypanosomes from humans, animal reservoirs and tsetse flies in the T. b. rhodesiense-T. b. gambiense interface region of Northern Uganda which project has been supported by EFINTD.
Her present focus is in the area of identifying potential biomarkers that could help understand trypanosome (different species) establishment in the wild tsetse fly vector. The GHES fellowship award is therefore an opportunity for her to be mentored as a strong research scientist capable of contributing towards controlling, managing and influencing policy change of this dilapidating disease.