Professor Samson Mukaratirwa

Professor Sam Mukaratirwa is a Professor of Parasitology in the School of Life Sciences. His research and teaching experience ranges from taxonomy of helminths and arthropods of economic and medical importance as well as application of GIS tools for mapping the geographical and spatial distribution of parasites and their vectors. My research is mainly on the burden of a variety of parasitic diseases of economic and public health importance and have developed a passion on "Neglected Parasitic Zoonoses" affecting the resource-poor communities in sub-Saharan Africa and laboratory models of co-infection of malaria and helminthic parasites.

Position:   Professor 
Qualifications:   PhD
Discipline:   Biological Sciences (Parasitology)
Campus:   Westville
Telephone:   031 260 1338/078 869 5542
Research Areas:   Epidemiology and burden of veterinary and medical parasites of economic importance. Laboratory animal models on host immune responses on Plasmodium, toxocariasis and Trichinella infections. Molecular systematics of Fasciola spp, amphistomes and schsitosomes and their snail-intermediate hosts in SSA. Eco-epidemiology and microbiota of tick-borne rickettsial infections 
 Recent Publications:

Rubaba O., Chimbari MJ., Soko W., Manyangadze T. and Mukaratirwa S. (2018). Validation of a urine circulating cathodic antigen cassette test for detection of Schistosoma haematobium in uMkhanyakude district of South Africa. Acta Tropica 182: 162-165.

Colleen Edith Archer, M Corrie Schoeman, Christopher Charles Appleton, Samson Mukaratirwa, Karen J Hope, and Glenda Beverly Matthews. (2018). Predictors of Trypanosoma lewisi in Rattus norvegicus from Durban, South Africa. Journal of Parasitology (in press).

Chitanga S, Simulundu E., Simuunza, M.C., Changula K., Qiu Y., Kajihara M., Nakao R., Syakalima M., Takada; Mweene A.S., Mukaratirwa S. and HangĀ“ombe B.M. (2018). First molecular detection and genetic characterization of Coxiella burnetii in Zambian dogs and rodents. Parasites & Vectors 11:40, DOI 10.1186/s13071-018-2629-7.

Manyangadze T., Chimbari M.J., Macherera M. and Mukaratirwa S. (2018). Micro-spatial distribution of malaria cases and control strategies at ward level in Gwanda district, Matabeleland South, Zimbabwe. Malaria Journal 16: 476.

Mukaratirwa S., La Grange L.J., Malatji P. and Lamb J. (2018). Prevalence and molecular identification of Trichinella species isolated from wildlife originating from Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces of South Africa. Journal of Helminthology

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