Friday Morning Conference: "Rotavirus Research Updates from Zambia"

Roma Chilengi, chief scientific officer, Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia, is the featured speaker at this week's Friday Morning Conference. He will deliver a lecture titled "Rotavirus Research Updates from Zambia."

When Oct 14, 2016
from 08:30 AM to 09:30 AM
Where 1131 Bioinformatics
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Dr. Roma Chilengi is the chief scientific officer of the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ). In this role, he provides oversight for all research at the institution while leading his own research programs on child vaccines and enteric disease. He has vast experience implementing clinical trials, managing programs and serving on multiple advisory boards.

Chilengi graduated from the University of Zambia with a bachelor of science degree in human biology, and later, with a bachelor of medicine and surgery. After a few years of full time clinical practice, he moved into a research career at the Tropical Diseases Research Centre in Zambia. He obtained a master of science degree in epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and later attended postgraduate fellowship training at GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals in Belgium and the World Health Organization in Switzerland.

He has served in various roles, initially as clinical investigator, on drug and field studies in Zambia. Chilengi was Clinical Trials Coordinator at the African Malaria Network Trust based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where he supported the development of several African trial sites to undertake vaccine trials. Later, he affiliated with the University of Oxford based at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Program in Kilifi, Kenya, where he served as Head of Clinical Trials. He returned to Zambia in 2011 to head the program on diarrhea prevention and control at CIDRZ, which is still his current primary affiliation. He is an adjunct assistant professor of medicine at UNC and an honorary lecturer at the University of Zambia School of Medicine.