Takafira Mduluza's professional field is immunology and biochemistry. He is a Professor of immunology in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe. He has over 12 years of teaching experience at the university, after obtaining the Ph.D from the University of Glasgow, UK, in 1998. Prior to that, he graduated from the Biochemistry Department in the Faculty of Sciences, University of Zimbabwe, with M.Phil. degree in 1994. His current research interests include parasitic infections, immunology, and vaccine targets. He has been involved in research on parasitic infections particularly for schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminths, and malaria that involved community surveillance, field diagnosis, and blood sample collection for later immunological profiles determinations. He has been carrying out field trials on polyparasitism control using chemotherapy as the only alternative current control option in the view of lack of vaccine candidates for schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths. As an Immunologist, the subject of polyparasitism has been a great challenge, and more information is required for contribution towards vaccine development. Whereas schistosomiasis has been neglected and the scourge has been rapidly increasing in resource poor settings, the neglect may have been compelled by the increasing demand for resources required for other infectious diseases like malaria, TB and HIV/AIDS. Further challenges have arisen where it has been reported by his group that schistosomiasis causes some pathology in the genital area that could predispose individuals to other infections like HIV. The search for possible methods that may prevent development of pathology has pointed to treatment as the only mainstay control of schistosomiasis.
Biography Updated on 2 May 2011