Joseph Nkamwesiga

Joseph Nkamwesiga

Joseph holds a Bachelor of Biomedical Laboratory Technology and MSc. Molecular Biology from Makerere University Uganda. Before joining the ILRI fellowship, he served as a Research Associate at College of Veterinary Medicine Animal Resources and Biosecurity (COVAB), Makerere University, where he gained rich laboratory and field research experience. He has vast experience in epidemiology and control of infectious diseases especially those of veterinary importance, employing molecular biology, advanced epidemiology, and basic bioinformatics methods.

His recent research has been on African swine fever virus, Lumpy skin disease virus, ticks, and Peste des Petits Ruminants virus. His Msc. Project, a component of Peste des Petits Ruminants Vaccine Associate Award project, aimed to assess innovative approaches to PPR control using thermostable PPR vaccine , to build capacity to scale the vaccine across disease endemic regions and ultimately realise reduced control cost and maximise the impact of vaccination intervention in Uganda.

His PhD Research topic is Molecular and Epidemiologic Modeling of Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR) in Uganda. It contributes directly to the PPR Epidemiology component of the BUILD Uganda Program, whose overall objective is to better understand the infection dynamics of PPR, the importance of other small ruminant diseases and evaluate the biological impact of certain interventions especially vaccination under selected livestock production systems in Uganda.