Dr. Jaffu Othniel Chilongola

Dr Jaffu Chilongola obtained a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Sokoine University in Morogoro, Tanzania in 1996. Dr Chilongola studied a Master of Science in Immunology, at the Sokoine University from 1998-2000 when he graduated. In 2002 he moved to Muheza District Hospital in a Northen Tanzania Region where he was involved in a malaria research project in children as a scientist and a PhD candidate sponsored by the Forgaty International Centre (USA) through the International Malaria Research Training Program and worked in Muheza, Morogoro and Seattle WA at different periods from 2002 to 2006. As head of the Graduate Training Unit of KCMC and Senior Scientist/Senior Lecturer, he has mentored several graduate students. He is a member of the KCMUCo Research and Ethics Committee since 2006. Over the last ten or more years, his research focus has been on disease pathogenesis, Clinical immunology and genetic epidemiology of infectious diseases particularly malaria. This interest has currently expanded to include understanding the immunological, genetic, epidemiological, and clinical aspects of neglected tropical diseases including zoonotic arboviruses–malaria confections.