Catherine Gerald Mkindi
Dr. Catherine Mkindi is trained as a Veterinary Doctor at Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro Tanzania. After completion of her Bachelor degree, she joined the same University as a research associate in the Department of Veterinary immunology and worked for the project whose objective was to evaluate the immunological basis of resistance to East Coast Fever in indigenous Zebu cattle breeds as compared to exotic Friesian cross breeds in the same environment. During this time, she was also involved in animal disease diagnosis and treatment both at the university animal hospital and in the outreach programs in animal farms. Dr. Mkindi joined a master degree in the Sokoine University, after which she was employed and worked as a lecturer of Veterinary Immunology. She extended her horizon in to human immunology research where she did her thesis in malaria immunology, looking at immune responses to liver stage specific peptide antigens in children who are naturally exposed to malaria in malaria endemic areas of Morogoro. Currently Dr. Mkindi is working with Ifakara Health Institute as a Research Scientist in Clinical Immunology, working in phase one malaria clinical trial to describe malaria peptide P27A specific immune responses delivered with Alhydrogel or GLA-SE adjuvants in Tanzanian volunteers. Dr. Mkindi has developed interests into research that bridge between animal and human health, looking at the possibility of transmission of zoonotic infections from wild and domestic animals to humans in a one health approach. She has attracted a DTRA-collaborative research grant with University of California Davis, USA and Sokoine University, Morogoro, aiming at evaluating zoonotic viral sharing among bats, non human primates and people living in high risk transmission interface of Southern Tanzania.