Dr. Werner Maokola is currently a Strategic Information Lead with the National AIDS Control Program (NACP) in the Ministry of Health Tanzania in Tanzania. He holds a Doctor of Medicine Degree (MD) from the University of Dar es Salaam Tanzania, a Master of Science (MSc) in Tropical and Infectious Diseases from Liverpool School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in United Kingdom and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Epidemiology from Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College, Tanzania. His area of concentration for his PhD training was evaluation of effectiveness and implementation research (Effectiveness and Implementation Research-Effectiveness-Implementation Hybrid) of public health interventions to prevent Tuberculosis (TB) in HIV infected individuals. Prior to joining NACP, Dr. Maokola also worked with Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania as a Research Scientist in Malaria Randomized Clinical Trials and Implementation Research projects. Dr. Maokola’s areas of interest in research is to determine clinical effectiveness and implementation of public health interventions of TB, HIV, TB/HIV as well as interaction of these infectious diseases with non-communicable diseases such as malnutrition and non-antibiotic interventions to reduce infectious disease incidence and/or disease treatment outcome. Dr. Maokola is now a NIH Postdoctoral fellow (grant number D43 TW012247) working with partners at the University of Virginia and Kibong’oto Infectious Diseases Hospital. His long-term goal is to become independent leader in Implementation Research.
Dr. Peter Mbelele is a Clinical Microbiologist scientist at Kibong’oto Infectious Diseases Hospital in Tanzania. Peter leads research on application of advanced molecular diagnostics and genomic for detecting pathogens, designing regimens and monitoring treatment response of infectious diseases such as tuberculosis. He has a Doctor of Medicine, Master of Medicine in Microbiology & Immunology and a Ph.D. in Life Sciences (Health and Biomedical Sciences). Dr. Mbelele is now a NIH Postdoctoral fellow (grant number D43 TW012247) where he develops research leadership capacity in microbiology and molecular diagnostics for controlling infectious diseases such as transmissible enteric pathogens that predispose to malnutrition and TB. Dr. Mbelele is working with partners at the University of Virginia and Haydom Global Health Research Centre and Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology. He is available for mentoring young scientists and trainees on molecular diagnostics and genomics at an intersection of infectious diseases like TB and malnutrition including undernutrition and diabetes mellitus.