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Beda John Mwang’onde (PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in Parasitology and Head of Department at the Department of Biosciences, Solomon Mahlangu College of Science and Education, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Tanzania. He teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students. Beda has broad research experience on medical and veterinary disease vectors control, ecosystem, population health, and food security and safety. Currently, his research focus is on the epidemiology of taeniasis cysticercosis; antimicrobial resistance, and animal source food safety. He has published widely ranging from medical entomology to zoonotic cestodes. He is broadly knowledgeable of transmission dynamics and management of zoonotic neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Beda holds a PhD degree in Applied Zoology focussing on the “Epidemiology of Human Cysticercosis” from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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Yasinta Charles Muzanila is an Associate Professor in Food Science and Technology in the Department of Biosciences, Solomon Mahlangu College of Science and Education at Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania. She has taught at the University for over 30 years. She has been involved in teaching and supervision of students (undergraduates and postgraduates). Apart from teaching, she is actively involved in research. She has researched and published extensively on post-harvest processing of root crops (cassava and sweet potatoes), cereals, legumes, fruits and vegetables. Yasinta studied her MSc. Food Science and Technology, as well as a PhD at the University of Reading in United Kingdom (UK).

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Allen’s research works focus on the use of molecular/biotechnological approaches for the identification of species and/or drug resistant parasites. The emergence and spread of drug resistance is a major threat to effective malaria treatment and there is a growing interest in the development of strategic drug-use policy which might 'manage' the process of resistance evolution, and so prolonging the useful life of drugs. Allen’s research group investigates the molecular genetic basis of drug resistance using population genetic approaches. The group aims to determine which factors are most important in determining the rate of emergence and the rate of spread of resistance. The works include the evaluation of combination therapy and its potential for slowing resistance evolution, and evaluating the selective pressure applied by intermittent preventive treatment. The group further maps the dispersal of resistance mutations in Africa.

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Anthony is a Lecturer at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) Tanzania. He holds a PhD in Life Sciences and Bioengineering. His research interest has spanned numerous topics in sustainable agriculture, but a common theme has been post-harvest technology, sustainable food and nutrition security, rural development and innovations systems for pro-poor.

Anthony has managed and co-managed several research projects to promote sustainable agriculture.  The projects are such as adoption of food quality and safety in horticultural sector in Tanzania “funded by the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH); Evaluation of the Up-scaling of interactive information and communication technologies to increase uptake of agricultural innovations in Tanzania funded by  IFAD via Farm Africa international.

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Cyrus Rumisha is a Senior Lecturer in Zoology at the Department of Biosciences, Solomon Mahlangu College of Science & Education, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA). He obtained his Ph.D. in Sciences on the ecotoxicological effects of trace metal pollutants on the genetic stock structure of crustaceans at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 2017 and a master’s degree from the same university in 2011. Rumisha was first appointed by SUA immediately after completion of his undergraduate studies in 2008, and he has since then risen through the academic ranks from a tutorial assistant to a Senior Lecturer. Besides teaching and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students, he is also involved in research.

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Alex Nehemia is a senior lecturer at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Department of Biosciences. He attained his PhD studies at the Vrieje Universtait Brussel (VUB) in Belgium. He studied master’s and bachelor’s degrees at the university of Dar es salaam. He has also attended several national and international workshops and conferences. Alex does research in Molecular Biology, Marine and fresh water Biology, and Ecology. He has published several articles in international peer reviewed journals. Alex is currently working with other researchers on the project intended to facilitate multi-stakeholder partnerships to foster sustainable shark fisheries in Tanzania (funded by VLIR-UOS). He is also working with other researchers on the project focusing on delineation of the genetic stock structure of the Queen Mackerel to enhance fisheries management in Tanzania (DGS-Fish) (funded by Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, Tanzania).

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Prisila A. Mkenda is a Lecturer in Biosciences department, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Morogoro Tanzania. She pursued her PhD at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) Arusha Tanzania, on potential predators and parasitoids for conservation biological control in smallholder beans farming tropical ecosystem. She holds a master’s in Life Sciences and Bioengineering (Biodiversity and Ecosystems Management) from the NM-AIST and BSc. with Education (Chemistry and Biology) from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She has been a fellow in African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), which is a career development programme that equips top women agricultural scientists across Sub-Saharan Africa by strengthening their research and leadership skills since 2014. Prisila is a reviewer in more than ten international journals, which can be accessed in the link https://publons.com/dashboard/records/review/.

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Justine Daudi Maganira (PhD) is a Lecturer in Parasitology at the Department of Biosciences, Solomon Mahlangu College of Science and Education, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania. Maganira received his doctoral education at the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Uppsala, Sweden) in 2020. He obtained his Master of Science degree from the University of Dar es Salaam. Maganira is responsible for teaching, researching and conducting outreach activities on various neglected tropical diseases caused by animal parasites in livestock. Specific research interests and expertise include diagnosis, epidemiology and integrated control of neglected tropical parasitic diseases such as Taenia solium taeniasis and cysticercosis and helminthiases in livestock including zoonotic agents. Recent research projects have included the epidemiology of Taenia solium porcine cysticercosis in Tanzania with funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and collaboration between the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden. Currently, Maganira is teaching Parasitology and Invertebrate Zoology related courses at the Department of Biosciences, Sokoine University of Agriculture.  He is also involved in supervising  Master of Science students, as well as undergraduate students in their Special Projects. Maganira has published various scientific papers in refereed journals, as well as conference papers.

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Elly Ligate is a senior lecturer, researcher, and consultant in the Department of Biosciences of the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Morogoro Tanzania. Elly holds a doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in Ecology offered by Fujian Agriculture and Forest University in China. He has a Master of Science in Natural Resources Assessment and Management from the University of Dar es Salaam-Tanzania. He has worked as an academician at higher learning institutions for over 13 years by teaching Ecology, Botany, and Environmental Health and Ecosystem Restorations. He has researched and published in the areas of agriculture, environmental management, carbon stocking, ecosystem service and management, land cover and use changes, together with coastal forests ecosystem management. His areas of research interest include ecosystem disturbances and restorations, biodiversity conservation, environment, and climate change, sustainable agriculture, and natural resources management.

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Dr. Dino Andrew Woiso (Senior Lecturer) has expertise in natural resources utilization and conservation, integrated ecosystem management and community forestry. He has conducted research, consultancy and outreach activities on subjects related to sustainable management and utilization of natural resources in Tanzania and East Africa. Dr. Dino has a PhD from Bangor University, UK (2011) where he assessed domestication and commercialization potential of Sclerocaryabirrea (Marula) tree resources in Tanzania.  He has also researched on commercial export potential of Prunusafricana barks which are used in pharmaceutical production of prostate cancer drugs in Europe and America. His research areas of interest are climate change, transboundary waters, conservation and integrated ecosystem management. Dr. Dino currently is a senior lecturer. Since 2005, at Sokoine University of Agriculture, he has been working as an academician, researcher and consultant . He teaches ecology, plant anatomy and physiology, biodiversity, and phytogeography to various undergraduate and postgraduate students. More details about academic and professional background for Dr. Dino can be seen below.


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Douglas Mushi (PhD, MSc., and BSc.) is an Environmental Microbiologist currently employed by the Sokoine University of Agriculture as a Lecturer in Environmental Microbiology at the College of Science and Education, Department of Biosciences. His interest is in understanding the role of water in the spread and control of water-related diseases. In this case, his area of research focuses in Microbial EcologyHealth-Related Water Microbiology and Microbial Source Tracking whose outputs will enable formulation of relevant policies that will protect human health and aquatic environments.

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Clara Yona holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology and Laboratory Sciences (2015) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil. Molecular Virology) (2017) from Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA). She is an academic staff at the Department of Biosciences at the Solomon Mahlangu College of Science and Education, SUA.

In the past years, Clara had been involved in the viral epidemics of African swine fever in the region. She has studied the epidemiology and socio-economic impact of ASF to the small holder farmers. She has attended various internship and training in Molecular Biology (Belgium, Sweden), Bioinformatics (Sweden), Virology (Belgium), Biotechnology and Ecohydrology (Poland) since her BSc. Program completion. She is also currently affiliated with the UNESCO Chair on Ecohydrology and Transboundary Water Management at SUA, where she researches on the “biotechnological interventions for water ecosystem management, resilient and ecological sustainability”. At SUA Clara is involved in teaching researching and supervising undergraduate students.

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Filbert Thadeo Sogomba is a Principal Laboratory Technologist, Department of Biosciences, Solomon Mahlangu College of Science and Education, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania. He graduated Full Technician Certificate (FTC) in Laboratory Technology from Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) in November 1991. In August 2004, he joined the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology and Laboratory Science, and he graduated 2007. Later in 2014,  Mr. Sogomba graduated MSc. in Public Health and Food Safety at SUA. From June 1993 to October 2000, he worked at Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre Dar Es Salaam, Department of Food Science and Nutrition as a Chemical Laboratory Technician. From November 2000 to date, Mr. Sogomba has been employed at the Department of Biosciences, Solomon Mahlangu College of Science and Education, SUA. Currently Mr. Sogomba is involved in the teaching and conducting practical sessions to the undergraduate students taking chemistry and biochemistry . He also assists researchers and students in their research activities especially in food analysis, water quality analysis and any aspects of laboratory activity.

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James Mnhonya was born in 1968 in Morogoro region- Tanzania. He is senior Laboratory Technologist with over 25 years experience in laboratory accomplishments. James ensures that laboratory quality data is obtained so as to get reliable information for diagnostic guidance and services. He is so efficient at his job that he considers himself a  ‘quality data generator leader’. James has the ability to design, analyse and present reliable experimental data in microbiology and parasitology using various techniques such as bioassay, PCR, ELISA, binding assays and many other serological techniques, just to mention a few.

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