Dr. Deogratius Ssemwanga, PhD.

Research Scientist- Basic Sciences Programme

Dr. Ssemwanga received his PhD. in Molecular Virology at Makerere University, in 2013 where he studied the prevalence of individuals infected with multiple strains of HIV in Uganda and the effect of these multiple infections on disease progression. He received a Wellcome Trust funded Makerere University/UVRI Infection and Immunity Postdoctoral fellowship to study the virological and immunological correlates of HIV-1 superinfection. This work involves the use of ultra-deep sequencing with phylogenetic analysis to determine HIV-1 superinfection and neutralization assays to determine the development of neutralizing antibodies prior to and after superinfection.

In his current position as a Research Scientist with the MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS he continues to work on HIV-1 superinfection. His other research interests include the use of Molecular Epidemiology approaches to understand the HIV transmission networks in our populations: a key approach necessary to reduce transmissions in the most at risk populations. He is involved in studies on HIV-1 drug resistance in light of the increased access to treatment. He is also involved in H3ABionet, a network tasked to develop bioinformatics capacity in Africa. He organizes and teaches at the annual 'Bioinformatics in the Tropics Uganda' series.