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Title: Associate Professor of Microbiology
Work: SACIDS/Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences, Mwanza, Tanzania
I obtained my first degree (Doctor of Medicine-MD) from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 1999. Thereafter I was posted to Bugando Medical Centre for my Internship. I completed this Internship in 2000 and worked as a medical officer up to 2003. I then joined Makerere University for three years for Master of Medicine in Microbiology training in August 2003. I successfully completed the M.Med course in August 2006. Being the best student in the class I was awarded a one year fellowship in Clinical Microbiology by DAAD at the Institute of Microbiology Giessen, Germany up to September 2007. While in Germany, I registered for a PhD in Clinical Microbiology at Weill Bugando University College of Health Sciences as a sandwich programme with the Institute of Microbiology Giessen, working on antibiotic resistance for Gram-negative enteric bacteria. I completed my PhD in November 2011, with my PhD based on publication from which 6 manuscripts were published including one describing a novel Enterobacter spp. causing neonatal sepsis at Bugando Medical Centre.
Regarding my academic career, I am Associate Professor of Microbiology. I have achieved this rank in 6 years; I was appointed as Lecturer in 2006, and in 2009 promoted to Senior Lecturer. In 2012 the University Council approved my promotion to Associate Professor after being positively reviewed by two famous Professors of Medical Microbiology. Currently, I am serving as external examiner in Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Saint Francis University College of Health and Allied Sciences and Makerere University. Between September 2007 and June 2014, I have mentored more than 15 M.Med students in conducting their M.Med dissertation research. Currently I am mentoring 4 PhD students in various areas of clinical microbiology.
After M. Med training and PhD training, I have been conducting research to investigate the magnitude of infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance mainly in hospitals. From 2009-to date, I have published 61 articles in peer reviewed journals with h-index of 11 based on the Google scholar citation index. I have reviewed number of manuscripts from local and International journals especially for BMC infectious diseases. Recently, I have been awarded a post-doctoral fellow position in SACIS to lead research on antimicrobial resistance.