Our Current Students
Humphrey Andalo Mabwi
Food security, which ranges from availability of food, to safety of food, is critical. Animals, specifically cattle, are globally domesticated for milk, meat, manure among other uses. Their microbial consortia have roles in their health, food safety through shedding of zoonotic pathogens, and in global warming. However, these consortia have not been fully studied for functionality, pathogenicity and resistome diversity.
Information on members of the microbiome with known biochemical functions is an important initial stage in designing targets for drug or vaccine development. Therefore, this study seeks to characterize cattle microbial consortia and relate it to associated metadata. In turn, this information will have a huge impact on cattle health, productivity, public health and food safety interventions.
Jean Baptiste Habinshuti
My study seeks to add value to African mineral resources before being exported. It focuses on processing and extraction of tantalite ores using simple, cheaper and environmentally friendly techniques in contrast to the existing complex. My research will have impact on the environmental concerns as well as on cost of tantalum production, hence, making tantalum products able to compete on the market.
Jean Nepomuscene Hakizimana
Hakizimana’s PhD project aims at determining the transmission dynamics of African swine fever (ASF) in Eastern and Southern African countries by application of next generation sequencing technologies and bioinformatics’ tools. His study is expected to provide improved insight into the transmission and spread of ASF in the region, necessary for designing and validation of new diagnostic technologies, to formulate science-based control policies and in long term, the development of vaccines as a more sustainable solution for the control of African swine fever.
Jeanne Pauline Munganyinka
My PhD study seeks to characterize gold ores in different parts of Rwanda and Nigeria and to suggest the most suitable gold recovery method. This will help the two countries to reduce wastage during gold processing and to reap the benefits of their gold endowment.
I believe that a mastery of the virus transmission dynamics and the state-of-the-art surveillance systems, such as use of biosensors may synergize disease control remedies like vaccination. This approach will eventually eliminate the disease, improve revenue in trade, food security and ultimately uplift the livelihoods of farmers. Most significantly, the fourth industrial revolution will help to bridge the gap between cyber technology and animal health. I would like to integrate my research with knowledge in big data, aiming towards smart surveillance of PPR using the Internet of Things.
Maxwell Wambua Waema
Porcine cysticercosis has an economic consequence because the affected farmers lose 50-100 percent of the values of pigs if they are infected. A carcass found to be infected with any number of cysticerci is judged to be unfit for human consumption, and the whole carcass is condemned thus loss of meat and much needed protein leading to food insecurity. His study seeks to develop a rapid, sensitive, specific, equipment-free and easy to use nucleic acid diagnostic test that will serve to facilitate rapid diagnosis and treatment of porcine cysticercosis, as well as evaluation of the control programs in endemic areas.