Research Highlights the Importance of Genes in Disease Susceptibility
Senior lecturer in the Discipline of Pharmacology within the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Zimbabwe, Dr Amos Marume was awarded a PhD in Medical Microbiology (Immunogenetics and Immunoepidemiology) by UKZN for his research on the impact of host genetic factors in helminthic disease susceptibility (schistosomiasis).
His research was supervised by Dr Jaclyn Mann and Professor Takafira Mduluza.
The study’s findings highlight the importance of genes in disease susceptibility as well as the complexity of such genetic influence and the need for Zimbabwe’s public health system to address schistosomiasis.
Marume said he is delighted with his achievement and plans to remain in academia. He aims to empower others through research and training and to contribute further to public health, particularly in applied microbiology and pharmaceutical biotechnology.
The last born of seven children, the 39-year-old is a father of six. He describes himself as a Christian who embraces all people as equal.
Words: Lihle Sosibo