Professor Samson Mukaratirwa
Mukaratirwa 
 
Professor Mukaratirwa is current the Dean & Head of School of Life Sciences. Samson 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.
     
Position:   Dean & Head of School of Life Sciences
Qualifications:   PhD
MVSc
DVM
     
Discipline:   Biological Sciences (Parasitology)
Campus:   Westville
Telephone:   031 260 1338/078 869 5542
 Email:   mukaratirwa@ukzn.ac.za
     
Research Areas:   Neglected parasitic zoonoses with special emphasis in Taenia solium cysticercosis/ taeniosis and trichinellosis; molecular epidemiology of domestic canids and feilds hookworms in southern Africa; livestock and human flukes in Africa and application of GIS and remote sensing. 
     
 Recent Publications:   Pedersen UB, Midzi N, Mduluza T, Soko W, Stensgaard AS, Vennervald BJ, Mukaratirwa S, Kristensen TK. (2014). Modelling spatial distribution of snails transmitting parasitic worms with importance to human and animal health and analysis of distributional changes in relation to climate. Geospatial Health, 8(2): 335-43.

La Grange LJ. and Mukaratirwa S. (2014). Distribution patterns and predilection muscles of Trichinella zimbabwensis larvae in experimentally infected Nile crocodiles (Crocodylus niloticus Laurenti). Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research, doi: 10.4102/ojvr.v81i1.652.

Hlongwana KW, Mavundza EJ, Mohapi EP, Kruger P, Urbach J, Mukaratirwa S, Maharaj R. (2013). Vector-control personnel's knowledge, perceptions and practices towards insecticides used for indoor residual spraying in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Parasites & Vectors, 6: 118.

La Grange L. J., Govender Dhanashree and Mukaratirwa S. (2013). The occurrence of Trichinella zimbabwensis in naturally infected wild crocodiles (Crocodylus niloticus) from the Kruger National Park, South Africa. Journal of Helminthology, 16: 1-16.

Mukaratirwa S., La Grange L. and Pfukenyi D.M. (2013). Trichinella infections in animals and humans in sub-Saharan Africa: A review. Acta Tropica 125: 82-89.


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