Dr. Francis Mhimbira is an epidemiologist and a research scientist based at Ifakara Health Institute. Dr. Mhimbira received his medical degree at Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences (MUCHS), Tanzania, and did a Masters degree in Epidemiology from The University of Melbourne, Australia. He works within the intervention thematic group and conducts research on TB clinical trials for new drugs and vaccines. His work also involves evaluating new TB diagnostic tools and epidemiological studies on TB and co-infections (such as HIV, helminth and respiratory pathogens). Francis also does operational research to improve TB case detection and improve TB treatment outcomes. He is currently a national and principal investigator of Phase III clinical trial (NC-006) of new TB drugs and regimen. Francis is currently the Head of Interventions and Clinical Trials Department.