Paul Simon Gwakisa, PhD, Professor and Dean School of LSBE
Masters' degree in Animal Husbandry,
PhD in Immunogenetics (Friendship University, Moscow, Russia) and Postdoctoral fellowships (ILRI-Nairobi, Kenya; SLU - Uppsala, Sweden).
Immunology, Animal Biotechnology and Molecular Biology;
(i) Genetic diversity in livestock and pathogens;
(ii) Diseases at the interface of livestock, wildlife and humans - One Health; and
(iii) improving animal health by targeting diseases which directly impact on human health and people's livelihood.
Paul Gwakisa is a Professor of Immunology. He has a Masters' degree in Animal Husbandry and a PhD in Immunogenetics. He underwent postdoctoral training in Immunology and Molecular Genetics at the International Laboratory for Research on Animal Diseases (ILRAD), now called International Livestock research Institute (ILRI, Nairobi, Kenya, 1989-90) and at the Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics (SLU, Uppsala, Sweden, 1993-94).
From 1987 to 2011 he progressively built his career in research and academic administration in Sokoine University of Agriculture in Morogoro, Tanzania, where he established research laboratories for Immunology and Molecular Biology and a Genome Science Centre for postgraduate research and training, mostly on parasitic diseases of humans and animals (Malaria, East Coast Fever).
In July 2011 he moved to the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Arusha, to take up position of Professor of Immunology, where he is also the founding Dean of the School of Life Sciences and Bioengineering. His research aims at improving animal health by targeting diseases which directly impact on human health and people's livelihood. His research competence in immunology, genetics and molecular biology has permitted elucidation of unique attributes of indigenous livestock breeds in terms of disease resistance, vaccine responses and genetic diversity.
More recently, Paul Gwakisa has expanded his research scope to diseases at the interface of livestock, wildlife and humans, or simply - One Health. He is currently pioneering a study on drivers for emergence of infectious diseases and evolution of pathogens at the interface of wild and feral domestic animals in varying ecosystems and associated human public health risks. Due to his passion to educate the next generation of African scientists and vision to improve global health, Paul Gwakisa was recently appointed adjunct professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Global Animal Health, Washington State University; and in the Department of Biology, Penn State University, USA. He has supervised many postgraduate students and has published over 40 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals. Additionally, Paul Gwakisa is a member of the National Advisory Biotechnology Committee and for 10 years has attended meetings of the Board of Governors of the International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (Trieste, Italy), which both provide expert scientific advice on safe application of Biotechnology for the developing countries.