DEPARTMENT OF PARASITOLOGY & ENTOMOLOGY

Dr. Domenica Morona Senior Lecturer and Head Of Department

M.Sc.(LSTMH), PhD (Switzerland)

Domenica Morona undertook a PhD in Parasitology at the University of Neuchatel (Switzerland) in collaboration with the University of Perpignan (France). Her PhD thesis investigated the immunology of the vector snails of schistosomiasis (1985). She also has a Master of Community health in Developing Countries form the London School of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (1992). Dr. Morona started her work as a post-doctoral fellow in 1987 at the Swiss Tropical Institute in Ifakara (Tanzania). In 2000, she joined the TANESA programme for HIV/AIDS intervention research at NIMR- Mwanza and thereafter joined the CSSC as a Technical Advisor in “Policy Advocacy and Research in Health”. After 2 years as a communication Officer at MITU/NIMR-Mwanza, she joined CUHAS in 2011 as a head of Department and Senior Lecturer in Parasitology and Entomology and Associate Director for Research and Innovations. Her main interests are teaching and mentoring, as well as imparting research skills to students. Her research has focused on schistosomiasis epidemiology and control. .

Dr. Elininganya J. Kweka Senior Lecturer

Msc. (Parasitol/Entomol) (Tumaini), Phd(Tumaini) Visiting Lecturer

Eliningaya John Kweka graduated a BSc degree in Chemistry and Biology with Education from University of Dar-Es- Salaam in November, 1999. He did MSc in Medical Entomology and Parasitology from Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College University of Tumaini University in November, 2006 and a PhD in Medical Entomology from Makumira University and California University, Irvine Campus in 2012. He has done post doctorial training in Mosquito Ecology in collaboration with Swedish University of Agriculture and National institute for medical Research from August, 2012 to August, 2014. Dr. Kweka has worked as a Research assistant (Trainee Entomologist), Joint malaria programme at Kilimanjaro Christian medical University (2001-2006), Research Scientist, Ifakara Health Institute (2006-2007). Research scientist, TPRI (2008-2012), Visiting research scientist, Kenya Medical Research Institute, Kenya (February, 2009- December, 2011), Principal Research Scientist at TPRI (2012- to date). He is currently a Senior lecturer at CUHAS (2012 to date), Tanzania. His research interest is on Vector Ecology and control, Epidemiological studies on Malaria, alternative pesticides, filariasis and arbovirus Infections.

Dr. Humphrey D. Mazigo. Senior Lecturer

MSc. (Med. Parasitology) (Jomo Kenyatta University - Kenya), MPH (CUHAS), PhD

Dr. Humphrey Mazigo is an infectious disease epidemiologist, interested in the epidemiology, immune-epidemiology, immune-morbidity and control of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in sub-Saharan Africa. He is particularly interested in the diagnosis, design, implementation and evaluation of interventions for the prevention, control and potential elimination of helminthic NTDs and how NTDs interact with malaria and HIV-1 infection. At present, he is a Senior Lecturer and holds a Doctor/Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania. He obtained a Master of Science in Medical Parasitology from the Institute of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease, College of Health Sciences, Jomo Kenyatta University in Kenya and a Master in Public Health from Saint Augustine University of Tanzania. He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (Public Health) from the School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University, Uganda and a Certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation of Health Program from the Public Health Foundation of India. .

Dr. Maria M. Zinga Assistant Lecturer

MD (SAUT), Msc (MUHAS)

Maria Zinga is a member of the Department of Medical Parasitology and Entomology at CUHAS-Bugando. She is a medical doctor, with a Master degree in Tropical Diseases Control. She is currently undertaking PhD studies at Mahidol University in Thailand, in the Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Department of Molecular Tropical Medicine and Genetics. She is involved in malaria invasion studies. Her main interests lie in teaching and research on tropical diseases, in particular the molecular epidemiology of tropical diseases, the investigation of the invasion pathways of Plasmodium parasites and the strategies to block them. She is also keen about the impact of climate change on the epidemiology of tropical diseases and zoonotic diseases.

Dr. Deodatus M. Ruganuza Assistant Lecturer

MD (SAUT),MSc (Parasitology, Kenya)

Dr. Deodatus M. Ruganuza is a Medical Parasitologist, a registered Medical doctor and an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Medical Parasitology and Entomology. He graduated as a Doctor of Medicine from the Bugando University College of Health Sciences of SAUT in 2009 and undertook his internship at Bugando Medical center in Mwanza Tanzania. He obtained a Master of Science in Medical Parasitology and Entomology from The Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology in 2016. He has a 6-year experience in teaching and research in the fields of medicine and parasitology. His main interests reside in malaria, schistosomiasis, HIV, NTDs’ epidemiology and immunology, vaccine research and the development of rapid diagnostic tests, as well as molecular parasitology. He possesses skills in laboratory practices, research design and data analysis with STATA.