Sickle Cell Disease Genomics Network of Africa
Dar es Salaam is home for Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) and MUHAS Academic Medical Centre where the SickleGenAfrica operates in Tanzania. MUHAS is the first Public University for Health Sciences in Tanzania. The Department of Haematology and Blood Transfusion sits within the School of Medicine which serves as a center for healthcare, research, education and training in Haematology and blood transfusion (H&BT) in Tanzania. The Dar site collaborates with the Sickle Cell Programme within the Department which is responsible for conducting sickle cell related biomedical research, support health care, advocacy and training.
Josephine is a Laboratory Scientist at the Site with roles in managing sample collection, processing, storing and distribution of samples for further testing.
She occupies the same position in the Sickle Cell Programme at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences where she provides diagnostic services of Sickle Cell Disease (Hb Electrophoresis and HPLC).
She has ten years’ working experience in her field with an impressive appointment with the National Institutes of Health in the Laboratory of Early Sickle Mortality Prevention in the United States. She enjoys working hand in hand with other scientists to be able to bring about the answers in the management of SCD. Josephine has a BSc in Chemistry and Microbiology and a PgD in Haemoglobinopathy.
She is currently working on studies involving intervention for individuals with Sickle Cell Disease such as early detection and management of complications, undergoing Hydroxyurea therapy. Her study will lead to an MSc by Research and Publication.
Daniel Kandonga is a Data Manager at the Dar es Salaam Site, where he assists the Site with data collection and data coordination activities.
He has a desire to assist and perfect systematic data collection methods and this drove him to join the team. He got his BSc in Computer Science at St. Augustine University, Ruaha University College. Daniel has worked in the Computer Science field for five years and went on to obtain an MSc in Health Informatics from the University of Dar es Salaam. As part of his Master's training, he was involved in a one-year training at the University of Dar es Salaam Health Centre in Health Informatics.
His skillset includes Computer Programming, Networking, System Analysis and Design as well as Databases. His is currently focused on learning new technologies relating to Data Visualization. Daniel is the kind of person who loves to attend community activities and enjoys to spend time with family.
Siana is the Investigator at the Dar es Salaam Site. Her duties are primarily to assist the site coordinator in the supervision of study activities.
She pioneered Sickle Cell Disease genomic research in Tanzania as part of her PhD and conducted the first Genome-wide Association study analysis in an African population. One year of her PhD study was dedicated to the Molecular Haematology Department at King’s College London, UK as part of the Commonwealth Split-Site Fellow (2013).
Siana has a research interest in Sickle Cell Disease Genomics, ergo, working with the Site provides her with an opportunity to continue to work and grow in this field.
At the Dar es Salaam University College of Education, she is a lecturer at the Department of Biological Sciences. Siana is also a Fogarty Global Health Fellow (2016/2017) and an African Academy of Science Affiliate (2018-2022) for Easter African Region.
CLINICAL RESEARCH FELLOW
Julius is Dar es Salaam’s Clinical Research Fellow with a specific focus on enrolling patients unto the study. He is a medical doctor and scientist who completed medical school at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences.
He worked as an intern doctor at Haydom Lutheran Hospital, in the Manyara, Tanzania. In 2012, as part of his undergraduate training he was involved in Nutrition project in under five years at Tanga, Tanzania.
SickleGenAfrica is not Julius’ first engagement in a Sickle Cell study. In 2015 he was involved in a research study focusing on the burden and the cause of admission among admitted paediatric patients at Muhimbili National Hospital. In his free time Julius spends time with family and read novels.
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