Mr. Richard Kwizera
Is a medical mycologist at the Infectious Diseases Institute, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University under the research department. He has a special research interest in diagnostics, epidemiology and management of pulmonary and opportunistic fungal infections. He is highly experienced in mycology laboratory techniques. He has experience and skills in HIV, TB and fungal disease diagnosis and management as well as participation in clinical trials. He is a member of the research team evaluating the incidence of chronic pulmonary aspergillosis in HIV patients with past TB, in collaboration with the University of Manchester.
He is also attached to the Makerere fungal group investigating the outcomes of HIV patients with Cryptococcal meningitis, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota. He has previously been involved in translational research studying (1) point of care testing for cryptococcal infections in HIV, (2) the frequent presence of detectable Aspergillus antibodies for the diagnosis of Allergic Broncho Pulmonary Aspergillosis in Asthma, COPD and smear negative TB, and (3) rapid detection of CSF sterility in HIV/cryptococcal co-infection. He has a goal of developing translational research in mycology in Uganda and across the East-African region. His background is mainly laboratory based. He has a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Laboratory Technology and a master’s degree in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences and Management of Makerere University. He also has a master’s degree in Medical Mycology from the University of Manchester, UK. For the THRiVE PhD fellowship, MrKwizera intends to characterize chronic and allergic pulmonary fungal infections in patients with severe asthma under the African Severe Asthma Program. He continues to develop good networks within the Makerere College of Health Sciences and University of Manchester, along with an excellent skill set to conduct these studies.