Josephine Birungi joined BecA as Technology Manager in January 2014. She holds a BSc (Hons) (Zoology/Psychology) and MSc (Zoology) from Makerere University Kampala, Uganda and a PhD in Molecular Genetics, Evolutionary Biology and Conservation genetics at Makerere University/University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She conducted postdoctoral research work at Yale University School of Medicine.
Driven by the desire to contribute to improving health through better control of infectious diseases, Birungi returned to Uganda and joined the Uganda Virus Research Institute-International AIDS Vaccine Initiative HIV vaccine trial unit as a Senior Scientist, a role that involved setting up the first laboratory in Africa to attain GCLP international accreditation.
Birungi was also involved in the development of a capacity building program for vaccine trial laboratories in selected African countries. She also conducted research on the ecology, behavior and genetics of arboviral and malaria vectors, and projects on capacity building of vector biologists. She is honorary Senior Lecturer at Makerere University Kampala and has served as an External Supervisor to several University students for close to 10 years.
Birungi’s responsibilities at the BecA-ILRI Hub include the laboratory management, research design and facilitation and research-related services, capacity building through strategic planning, acquisition, technical coordination, application and monitoring of new technologies within and outside the BecA-ILRI Hub and leading the Hub’s genomics and bioinformatics efforts.
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