Dr. Deus S. Ishengoma
Principal Research Scientist and Head, Laboratory Sciences Department, National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR)
Dr. Ishengoma joined NIMR in 2003 and established a molecular biology laboratory at Tanga Centre in 2006, and field sites for clinical trials of different interventions. His team has implemented over eight antimalarials trials in the past six years, and conducted field and laboratory studies of malaria and other infectious pathogens in Tanzania. His research focuses on surveillance of parasite populations, antimalarial drug resistance and efficacy of antimalarials. He also works on strengthening of laboratory capacity for malaria research and diagnosis of common infectious pathogens in Tanzania. Deus is a member of different networks such as the Genomic Epidemiology of Malaria Network (MalariaGEN) and the US President’s Malaria Initiative-Supported Antimalarial Resistance Monitoring in Africa Network (PARMA). He is a member of Tanzanian National Biotechnology Committee, a co-founder of the Plasmodium Diversity Network Africa (PDNA), Tanzania Genome Network (TGN) and the African Society of Antimicrobial Resistance. His group is currently using genomic tools to support the National Malaria Control Programme in Tanzania in the surveillance of malaria transmission dynamics and molecular markers of drug resistance. Meanwhile, Deus is a FIT2 – WIPO Re:Search fellow at Monash University in Australia, working on metabolites/proteins signatures of drug resistant malaria parasites.