Wilson Parawira earned his Ph.D. degree in biotechnology from the Department of Biotechnology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden in 2004. He also received an M.S. degree in biotechnology in 1996 and a B.S. degree (with honors) in biological sciences in 1992 from University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe. He has two years of postdoctoral research experience to broaden his research capabilities and focus. His first postdoctoral research fellowship was at the Department of Biotechnology, Lund University in 2008 and the second at the Departments of Process Engineering and Microbiology, Stellenbosch University, Western Cape, South Africa in 2009. Prior to joining the Department of Applied Biology at KIST in 2010, he was a Senior Lecturer and former Head of the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Family Sciences at the University of Zimbabwe. He is currently an Associate Professor in microbiology and Head of the Department of Applied Biology, KIST. He has 13 years of extensive academic experience at university level. Professor Parawira has been teaching, among other courses, general microbiology, food microbiology, food fermentations, environmental microbiology to undergraduates and microbiology, environmental biotechnology, advanced fermentation, water microbiology, and waste(water) treatment and biogas technology for sustainable development to M.S. students. His research interests are in environmental biotechnology/microbiology, food microbiology, and fermentations concerning which he has published 26 articles in international peer-reviewed journals so far. He has supervised 7 M.S. research projects. He serves as a Member of the Editorial Boards of the Tanzania Journal of Science and ISRN Renewable Energy and a reviewer of manuscripts of a number of international journals. He is looking forward to his full professorship in the near future.
Biography Updated on 4 September 2011