PostDoctoral Research Fellow
Caroline Chisenga joined the Enteric Disease and Vaccines Research Unit in 2016 as a post-doctoral fellow under the Sanitation and Hygiene Applied Research for Equity (SHARE) project. Dr. Chisenga earned an MSc in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Ulster in Ireland, and a PhD in immunology from the University of Zambia, under the supervision of Professor Paul Kelly of the Tropical Gastroentorology and Nutrition Group (Tropgan), and Queen Mary University, London, demonstrating novel regeneration of some T-cell subsets following initiation of ART in malnourished AIDS patients.
Dr. Chisenga’s current work includes investigating how the immune system responds during enteric challenge, and exploring immunological challenges relating to vaccines. She is currently managing a cholera immunogenicity study xxx
Katayi Mwila Kazimbaya has been a research fellow at the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia since 2014. Her main research interests are in diarrhoeal aetiology and the rotavirus vaccine. Her current work is focused on in investigating the factors that contribute to reduced efficacy of the rotavirus vaccines in low and middle income countries. Mwila-Kazimbaya obtained a BSc in Biochemistry and Biotechnology, and an MSc. in Biochemistry from Rhodes University in South Africa, and a xxx in Epidemiology and Medical Statistics from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is currently getting her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Zambia, studying how maternal factors in breast milk contribute to this reduction in vaccine efficacy.
NATASHA MAKABILO LABAN
Natasha is a Research Fellow and PhD candidate within the Enteric Disease and Vaccines Research Unit at the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ), involved in a range of immunological, molecular and field studies of enteric pathogens and human host immune responses to vaccination. She holds a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Zambia (2011) and an MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2016).
Her present research interest and the focus of her doctoral training is on profiling and characterisation of innate and adaptive cellular and humoral immune responses to rotavirus vaccination among Zambian children, contributing towards increasing knowledge and understanding of the observed poor rotavirus vaccine immunogenicity in lower and middle-income countries.
John Mwaba is a Research Fellow at the Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ). He graduated from the University of Zambia with BSc in Biomedical Sciences and went on to pursue MSc in Molecular Medical Microbiology from University of Nottingham (UK).
John previously worked as a research scientist for the multi-centre study “The Pneumonia Etiology Research for Child Health”-PERCH, which aimed at determining the causes of pneumonia in children less than five years old. He was also a research microbiologist for the first ever Oral Cholera Vaccine Effectiveness study in Zambia during the 2016 cholera outbreak.
Under the mentorship of Dr Roma Chilengi, John is currently working on determining specific immune responses elicited following vaccination with Oral Cholera Vaccine (Shanchol) in Zambian population.