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Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science & Technology


Joram Buza

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Associate Professor in the School of Life Sciences and Engineering in the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) and current Principal Investigator of the Program for Enhancing the Health and Productivity of Livestock (PEHPL)

His main specialities are immunology and proteomics.


Paul Gwakisa

Professor of Immunology and Animal Biotechnology at the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Sokoine University of Agriculture

Interests in Functional Genomics, Bioinformatics, Immunology, and Infectious Disease.


Lughano Kusiluka

Professor of Veterinary Medicine & Animal Health, Vice Chancellor of Mzumbe University, Tanzania Former Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic, Research & Innovation (DVC-ARI) at Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) and Principal Investigator of the Program for Enhancing the Health and Productivity of Livestock (PEHPL)

His research interests include veterinary medicine and animal health, livestock production, veterinary public health and ecosystem health.


Rose Mosha

PEHPL Project Administrator, Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology

Ms. Mosha provides administrative support for the PEHPL Program performing a wide range of functions to support PEHPL students and faculty.  She also organizations the annual summer school training.  She has experience working with a variety of local, government, and international organziations and previously worked with the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI) to coordinate and manage collection of carnivore data.


Emmanuel Mpolya

Lecturer in Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Department of Global Health and Biomedical Sciences (GHBMS) of the School of Life Sciences and Bioengineering (LiSBE) of the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST)

Dr. Mpolya’s research interests are multidisciplinary and are in the areas of biostatistics, statistical computing, epidemiology, mathematical epidemiology, health economics and sociology. He engages in analytical works that are relevant in the One Health paradigm.


Joseph Mwangoka

Senior Lecturer,The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology



Gabriel Shirima

Dean of School of Life Sciences and Bioengineering (LiSBE), Senior Lecturer at the School of Life Sciences and Bioengineering (LiSBE) of the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST)

Research experiences include community animal health research, field epidemiology, laboratory management and emerging zoonoses. His research interests encompass emerging and re-emerging zoonoses focusing in particular on epidemiology, bioagents, determinants and biosafety.

Pennsylvania State University


Ottar Bjørnstad

Distinguished Professor of Entomology and Biology, J. Lloyd & Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair of Epidemiology, Penn State University

Dr. Bjørnstad's main interests are population ecology and population dynamics with particular emphasis on mathematical and computational aspects. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Statistics, and carry out research in statistical ecology and in methods for analyzing spatiotemporal data.



Associate Professor of Biology, Penn State University

She is interested in the mechanisms affecting host-parasite interaction across scales, from within-host processes of infection to population-level mechanisms of transmission and persistence. She examines how hosts cope with co-infections, how concurrent parasite/pathogens interact through the host immune system, and how host immunity modulates parasite transmission and long-term persistence at the population level. Environmental factors influence the risk of infection, and we are also interested in exploring how climate changes and host spatial structure influence the dynamics of parasite free-living stages and transmission.


Anna Estes

Research Coordinator, Tanzania Programs, Penn State University

Dr. Estes is interested in human impacts to wildlife communities, particularly in areas peripheral to protected areas. More specifically, she is interested in how land-cover change affects wildlife movements, habitat selection and biodiversity indicators. She uses remote sensing and satellite telemetry as tools to investigate these questions.


Peter Hudson

Willaman Professor of Biology, Director of Huck Institutes of Life Sciences at Penn State University, Fellow of the Royal Society

He focuses on the ecology of wildlife diseases, including zoonoses. His group uses a mixture of fieldwork, laboratory studies, and mathematical modeling to explore disease dynamics in three main study areas.

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Vivek Kapur

Professor of Animal Science, Associate Director for Strategic Initiatives, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences at Penn State University

Research in his laboratory seeks to define the basic mechanisms by which pathogenic microbes successfully infect, colonize, and cause disease in their hosts.

Washington State University


Doug Call

Professor of Molecular Epidemiology, Associate Director for Research and Graduate Education, Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health

Research interests include the epidemiology of antibiotic-resistant bacteria at the human-animal and community-hospital interfaces, as well as molecular studies of resistance mechanisms and alternative antibiotics.


Felix Lankester

Assistant Professor, Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health , Washington State University; Director of Global Animal Health Tanzania

Dr. Felix Lankester’s broad areas of research interest include global health / One-Health, zoonotic diseases and wildlife conservation. Current research includes investigating causes of livestock mortality and novel methods of rabies vaccine delivery (e.g. the use of thermotolerant vaccines, incentive payment schemes and integrated mass drug delivery strategies) that, it is hoped, will play a transformative role in efforts to eliminate human rabies globally.


Thomas Marsh

Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, School of Economic Sciences, Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health,Washington State University

Dr. Marsh’s major areas of research are marketing and international trade, quantitative methods, and natural resource economics.  Specific topics of interest include quantifying food safety and disease impacts on households, measuring welfare and trade impacts from plant and animal health, and addressing key issues in agricultural policy.


Guy Palmer

Jan & Jack Creighton Endowed Chair and Senior Director of Global Health at Washington State University; Regents' Professor of Pathology & Infectious Diseases

Dr. Palmer leads the university in integration of diverse academic disciplines to address global health and development challenges.  These include animal and human health programs to prevent zoonotic disease, improve maternal-child nutrition, and increase access to education.  He holds a NIH MERIT award for research on pathogen strain structure and directs the NIH Training Program in Infectious Diseases and Microbial Immunology as well as PEHPL at Washington State University.

University of Glasgow


Roman Biek

Reader at the Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow

Molecular ecology and evolution. Infectious disease dynamics in wild and domestic animal populations, with a focus on viral and bacterial pathogens.


Kasia Bonkowska

Postdoctoral Scientist

Her particular interests focus on molecular epidemiology and characterization of foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV). Her current projects include molecular characterisation of contemporary stains of FMDV, development of tailored type-specific molecular tests and investigation of molecular bases of FMDV vaccine matching. In addition, She is a member of the Virus Nomenclature Working Group of the OIE/FAO FMD Laboratory Network.


Sarah Cleaveland

Professor of Comparative Epidemiology, University of Glasgow
Fellow of the Royal Society

The principal aim of our research is to understand the dynamics, impacts and implications of infections in natural ecosystems, with a focus on diseases in tropical countries.


Jo Halliday

Lecturer at the Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow

Dr. Halliday is interested in the epidemiology and surveillance of zoonotic pathogens. She has worked previously in an urban slum setting, examining the zoonotic risks associated with urbanization and with rodent borne zoonoses particularly. Since moving to Glasgow she have been investigating the social and ecological impacts of several bacterial zoonotic diseases across different ecological settings in northern Tanzania. Her current research focus is on brucellosis but she also work actively on other livestock associated pathogens including leptospirosis and Q fever amongst others.


Dan Haydon

Director of Institute/Professor of Population Ecology and Epidemiology at the Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow

Quantitative modelling of ecological and epidemiological processes.


Tiziana Lembo

Lecturer at the Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, Associate Academic at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Glasgow

Dr. Lembo is a field veterinary scientist with an interest in applied infectious disease epidemiology in complex multi-host environments. She focuses primarily on pathogens affecting the health and livelihoods of marginalized communities in low- and middle-income countries, as well as diseases of conservation concern.


Veronica Fowler

Affiliate Researcher at the Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow, Applied Diagnostics Research Coordinator at The Pirbright Institute

She works on large budget translational science projects primarily concerned with development and assessment of next generation novel molecular vaccines against foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and their associated diagnostic tests.  She is also currently responsible for a range of grants specifically addressing the need and development of point-of-care diagnostics within the veterinary industry.


Richard Reeve

Co-Director of the Boyd Orr Centre for Population and Ecosystem Health, Research Fellow at the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health, and Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow

Dr. Reeve is a modeller with a background in artificial intelligence. He moved into the life sciences in 2007 to study diversity. His work focuses on developing the connections between different fields that use diversity measures, from the level of the transcript to the ecosystem, and the underlying mathematics.


Ruth Zadoks

Professor in Molecular Epidemiology at the Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, Associate Academic at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Glasgow; Staff at the Moredun Research Institute

As veterinarian working in the area of food security, Dr. Zadoks is interested in promoting the health, welfare and productivity of food-producing animals and, consequently, in the people that use them to make a living or to feed themselves and others. Her main research interest is infectious disease of livestock and people, although approaches used for research on terrestrial animals also apply to aquatic mammals and fish.  In particular, she is interested in the use of DNA-based methods to refine the characterization of micro- and macroparasites.

Scotland's Rural College

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Georgios Banos

Professor in Computational Biology, Animal Breeding and Genomics, Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), Honorary Professor, University of Edinburgh

His primary research interests are in the development, evaluation and application of computational and statistical methods for the analysis of farm animal records and genomic data with the aim to extract useful information that unravels the genetic background of economically important traits and facilitates decision making at farm and population level. He is also interested in methods to improve genetic and genomic evaluations of livestock, and the optimisation of breeding programmes.


Mizeck Chagunda

Current: Professor, Chair of Animal Breeding and Husbandry in the Tropics & Subtropics, University of Hohenheim
Former: Reader in Dairy Science Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)

His research is aimed to contribute to developing efficient dairy systems.  Efficiency in this case includes: Optimal breeding and feeding systems; Early detection of production diseases and metabolic disorders; Quantification and mitigation of greenhouse gases from ruminant production systems.


Richard Dewhurst

Professor of Ruminant Nutrition & Production Systems and Head of Future Farming Systems Group, Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)

His research has made significant contributions at the interfaces between nutrition, product composition, and rumen function - notably modelling of forage composition, dry cow feeding strategies, forages and fatty acids, fatty acids and fertility, and rumen diagnostics.  His current research is developing markers for feed conversion efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions in ruminants and exploring host interactions with the intestinal microbiome.


Raphael Mrode

Professor of Quantitative Genetics and Genomics, Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), Principal Scientist - Quantitative Dairy Cattle Genetics, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya

His research interests are in the development and application of statistical methods and linear models for national and international genetic evaluations, genomic selection, modelling of novel traits in dairy cattle, and efficient data capture and feedback systems for small holder farmers in Africa.


Andy Peters

Professor of Tropical Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh; Former Assistance Principal International, Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)

Dr. Peters' research interests are in improving livestock productivity, particularly applied research, the translation of research into knowledge transfer and into products applicable at farm level. His early research activities were in cattle and pig fertility, then he moved into the prevention of infectious disease in livestock through vaccines.  He is currently working on cow-side progesterone tests to the management of fertility in dairy cows and also their possible role on small dairy farms in developing countries.

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