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This research was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) (17/63/82) using UK aid from the UK Government to support global health research. The views expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the UK Department of Health and Social Care.

GeMVi Research Fellows

Gurdeep Jaswant – Kenya

Project:  Establishing rabies genomic sequencing capacity and reference repository for East Africa.

Institute: University of Nairobi Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases (UNITID)

Through the GeMVi project I have been able to sequence rabies virus in Kenya and Tanzania. The effort has boosted molecular surveillance efforts in Kenya and Tanzania as we aim towards the global health target of zero rabies by 2030.

Shabani Mziray – Tanzania

Project:  Testing Novel Technologies for Characterizing Emerging and Re-emerging Blood-Borne Infectious Diseases During Epidemics of Non-Malarial Acute Febrile Illness in Tanzania

Institute: Kilimanjaro Clinical Research Institute

The GeMVi Fellowship has provided me with the technical support required to design and implement the study protocols for my study on the application of metagenomics and bioinformatics in characterising viral components in outbreak of acute febrile illnesses in Tanzania

Phionah Tushabe – Uganda

Project: Whole genome sequencing of enteroviruses from Acute Flaccid Paralysis patients in Uganda 

Institute: Uganda Virus Research Institute

With the near eradication of the Poliovirus (the principle cause of paralysis), other enteroviruses (non-polio enteroviruses) have been detected as causes of enteroviral-associated acute flaccid paralysis (AFP). The GeMVi fellowship will enable me generate full genome sequence data from non-polio enteroviruses present in stool samples of AFP patients and as such gain insight into the evolution of these viruses.

Prossy Namuwulya  – Uganda

Project: Genetic Characterization of measles viral genomes obtained from vaccinated individuals in Uganda

Institute: Uganda Virus Research Institute

Full genome sequence data from the measles virus circulating in Uganda is limited. The GeMVi fellowship will enable me to generate full genome sequences from current measles and other enteric viruses and should provide important data to improve our understanding of the measles pathogen.

Alfred Ssekagiri  – Uganda

Project: Identification of viral pathogens associated with Acute Febrile Illness of unknown origin in Uganda

Institute: Uganda Virus Research Institute

As an effort towards identifying viral causes of acute febrile illness in Uganda, GeMVi fellowship has provided guidance and technical support from project design to data analysis procedures of virus discovery using metagenomics data. GeMVi will in addition provide hosting fees for the database of known and novel viruses identified as part of this project.