Professor Samson Mukaratirwa
Professor Mukaratirwa was born in Zimbabwe and graduated as a veterinarian in Cuba in 1988 and joined the Ministry of Agriculture, Zimbabwe, as a Government Veterinary Officer. In 1989, he moved to the National Veterinary Research Laboratory as a Veterinary Research Officer in the Parasitology section mainly dealing with diagnosis of livestock parasitic diseases and extension work.

In 1991, Samson was awarded a scholarship through DFID and left for the UK to pursue a Master of Veterinary Science (Parasitology) at the University of Liverpool (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine). Immediately after completing his MVSc, he was offered a PhD Fellowship sponsored by Danish Development Agency on "Population genetics of the vector snails of trematodes in Zimbabwe" and registered with the University of Copenhagen. Samson completed his PhD in 1995, and joined the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Zimbabwe, as lecturer in Veterinary Parasitology and was promoted to the position of Senior lecturer in 1997. He became Deputy Dean of the Faculty in 1997 and Dean of Faculty in 2000-2007.

In 2003, Samson was appointed full Professor of Veterinary Parasitology. His research has been mainly on a variety of parasitic diseases of economic and public health importance. He has developed a passion in "Neglected Parasitic Zoonoses" affecting the resource-poor communities in Africa which includes Taenia solium cysticercosis and trichinellosis. Currently, he is a WHO/FAO expert on neglected parasitic zoonoses.

In 1998 he was awarded the African Senior Fulbright Scholarship for 9 months to develop GIS models to predict the spread of schistosomiasis snails in China and Africa at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University, USA. In recognition of his contribution to research in veterinary parasitology Samson was recipient in 2003 of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology Peter Nansen Young Scientist Award in New Orleans, USA.

In 2007, Professor Mukaratirwa left University of Zimbabwe and joined the University of KwaZulu-Natal, SBCS, as a Professor in Parasitology and became the Academic Coordinator in 2009 before being appointed Head of School in 2010.

He has experience in the taxonom of helminths of ecenomic and medical importance as well as application of GIS tools for mapping the geographical and spatial distribution of parasites and their vectors. His 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.

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 malaria, Toxocariasis and Trchinella   infections.
Molecular systematics of flukes and their snail-intermediate hosts. 
 Recent Publications:  

Pedersen U.B., Karagiannis-Voules D-A., Midzi N., Mduluza T., Mukaratirwa S., Fensholt R., Vennervald B.J., Kristensen T.K., Vounatsou P. and Stensgaard A-S. (2017). Comparison of the spatial patterns of schistosomiasis in Zimbabwe at two points in time, spaced twenty-nine years apart: is climate variability of importance? Geospatial Health, 12: 505.

Shimaponda-Mataa N.M.,   Tembo-Mwase E.,  Gebreslasie M.,   Achia T.N.O. and  Mukaratirwa S. (2017). Modelling the influence of temperature and rainfall on malaria incidence in four endemic provinces of Zambia using semiparametric Poisson regression. Acta Tropica, 166: 81-91.

Hlaka L., Chitanga S., Masola B. and Mukaratirwa S. (2017). Host-pregnancy influences the establishment of Trichinella zimbabwensis in Balb C mice. Journal of Parasitic Diseases 1-6.  DOI: 10.1007/s12639-017-0891-9.

Kalinda C., Chimbari, M. and Mukaratirwa S. (2017). Implications of changing temperatures on the growth, fecundity and survival of intermediate host snails of schistosomiasis: A systematic review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 14: 80.

117. Musesengwa R., Chimbari M.J., Mukaratirwa S. (2017). Initiating community engagement in an Ecohealth research project in Southern Africa. Infectious Diseases of Poverty 6:22 DOI 10.1186/s40249-016-0231-9.

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