Misaki Wayengera

Makere University

Working Group Member

I am a medical doctor with graduate training (MSc, Fellowship, PhD) in a diverse array of basic science fields (Immunology, Vaccinology, Clinical Microbiology, Genetics and Filovirology). I also hold expert skills-training in Bioentrepeneurship and R & D. Over the past 10 years, I have served as In-Charge of the Unit of Genetics & Genomics (a super-specialized referral centre for children and adults born with rare, Mendelian disease at the Mulago National Reference and Teaching Hospital Complex, Kampala, Uganda). I am member of the African Society for Human Genetics (AfSHG) and Ex-Chair of the Education and Coordinated Working Group (ECTWG) of the H3Africa Consortium. My research interests’ center on pathogen OMICS:-with a focus on identifying new molecular targets for research and development of diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines. My group has identified, patented and validated reagents (B cell-eptopes, synthetic peptides, recombinant EBOV glycoprotein, monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies, and aptamers) for the R & D of 3 prototypes of a pan-filovirus rapid diagnostic tests-RDTs (Ag, IgM and IgG). Over the past 10 years, we have not only built the necessary expertise and experience, but have also established an ecosystem of partners from across the academia, industry and public private partnerships. For this work and its impact on the 2013-to 2016 EVD outbreak in West Africa, I was listed as # 57 of the 100 most influential Africans of 2015. In 2019, my team won 1st Prize for the WHO innovation Challenge (Product Development), and I was nominated as REACH /RLM finalist. I am current (2019-2020) TWAS-SAREP Young Scientist award winner (Infectious Diseases. I chair the Uganda’s Scientific Advisory Committee on CoVID19 for the Ministry of Health and National Task Force.

Coalition working group:
Virology, Immunology & Diagnostics