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Dr Enock Matovu

Associate Professor
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Enock Matovu obtained his PhD in Molecular Parasitology from the University of Bern, Switzerland in 2001. He subsequently returned to the Livestock Research Institute and continued work as a Research Officer. In 2004, he moved to Makerere University and set up a vibrant research group, training graduates and post-doctoral levels. He has acquired considerable experience in Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT), including surveillance, diagnostics, drug resistance and clinical trials. Under his leadership, a project funded by the European Foundations Initiative for Research in Neglected Tropical Diseases (EFINTD) investigated Human African Trypanosomiasis spread in Uganda and typed trypanosomes circulating in humans, animal reservoirs and tsetse flies. In 2008, as a marker of esteem, he received the prestigious Royal Society Pfizer Award in recognition of his work on molecular mechanisms of drug resistance in African trypanosomes. The previous year (2007) he had obtained the Joint Third World Academy of Science Award for Young Scientists, for his contribution to Molecular Parasitology. To-date, Enock has supervised 5 PhD students in various aspects of trypanosomiasis. He has also supervised to completion 20 MSc students; mainly in trypanosomiasis, but also HIV, malaria, animal tick-borne disease and a few projects in plant biology.
He has served on various committees in the course of his work; e.g., as Honorary Research Fellow, Division of Infection and Immunity, Faculty of Biomedical and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow since 2008. In 2009 he was appointed member of the Technical Advisory Group 3 (TAG3) of the WHO/TDR; which set research priorities for Chagas disease, Human African Trypanosomiasis and Leishmaniasis. From 2011-to- date, Enock is a Member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Trypanosomiasis. Between 2012 and 2014, he served on the Technical advisory commitee of the Foundaton for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND). Finally since 2012, he has served as Associate Editor, PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.
Enock is the lead PI of TrypanoGEN+, and was the steering committee chair of the H3Africa consortium between June 2016-May 2017.

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