Peter Hughes (MSc)

Head - Clinical Diagnostic Laboratories
Peter.Hughes@mrcuganda.org

Peter started his working life as a Junior Medical Laboratory Officer in the UK National Health Service practicing a wide range of laboratory disciplines before specialising in infectious diseases.

He spent two years (1993 – 1995) in Malawi as a volunteer, developing laboratory capacity and improving laboratory Quality Control within the country.

He joined the MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit in 1999 where he supervised the laboratory component of a pneumococcal vaccine trial. He has since lead the development of the Clinical Laboratory from a small ‘clinic based’ operation to a fully comprehensive laboratory service covering all disciplines of the diagnostic laboratory with the capacity to fully support the Unit and collaborators in all aspects of clinical diagnostics. In 2007 he was appointed to Head of Clinical Laboratories. All laboratories operate under GCLP compliance with Entebbe site awarded ISO15189 accreditation in 2016

Currently the laboratory network consists of four laboratory sites within Uganda. The Central laboratory is located in Entebbe and was selected as the central testing centre for the Africa H3A diabetes study. Alongside the clinical laboratory is a vast biorepository holding over 3 million biological samples, with collections dating back to the early 1990’s.