Dr Roma Chilengi MBChB, Vaccine R&D, MSc-Epidemiology, ACCRP is CIDRZ Chief Scientific Officer

He graduated from the University of Zambia – School of Medicine and obtained post graduate training in Epidemiology at the University of London. He undertook a post graduate Fellowship in Clinical Research and Vaccine Development at GlaxoSmithKline and the World Health Organization, and is a certified clinical research professional.

He worked as Resident Medical Officer in Internal Medicine at Kitwe Central Hospital before embarking on a research career starting at the Tropical Diseases Research Centre in Ndola, Zambia. He worked as the Clinical Trials Coordinator at the African Malaria Network Trust, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for five years and then joined the faculty of the University of Oxford, based at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Nairobi, Kenya.

Dr Chilengi joined CIDRZ in 2011 where he has since led a number of research projects. His interest is in vaccine research, child immunisations and public health with a bias towards infectious tropical diseases. As CIDRZ Chief Scientific Officer he oversees all research and training programmes as well as leads his own research work focused on rotavirus and other enteric pathogens.