Dennison Kizito

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Laboratory Coordinator

Uganda Virus Research Institute

Research interests: Development of sero-diagnostic technologies, surveillance and epidemiology of emerging and re-emerging arboviral infectious diseases, i.e. Aedes aegypti transmitted viral infections (Zika, Yellow fever, Dengue, Chikungunya), and Zoonotics such as CCHFV, Ebola and Marburg, and SARS-CoV-2 infections and capacity development

Dennison is a laboratory coordinator for the PANDORA network and study coordinator for the CCHFV project at the Uganda Virus Research Institute, Entebbe. He graduated with a MSc in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences and Management at Makerere University, Kampala-Uganda. He has worked on various research projects on immunoepidemiology of infectious disease, vaccines and helminths in the tropics, Ebola and Marburg serodiagnostics and therapeutics development collaborating with research teams in a number of countries, including The Gambia, Israel, United Kingdom, Denmark and Uganda. He also worked as a scientific officer and Laboratory Manager on a Co-Infections Studies Programme, Department of Immunology, MRC/UVRI& LSHTM Uganda Virus Research Institute, Entebbe-Uganda. He is currently, enrolled for a PhD programme at Makerere University, Kampala-Uganda studying serodiagnostics of arboviral infections using Phage display technology and NGS targeting disease-diagnostic antibodies and their cognate specific viral epitopes. 

As a Laboratory Coordinator for PANDORA, he is also interested in molecular epidemiology and virology of filoviruses (Ebola and Marburg), Flaviviruses (yellow fever, Zika, Dengue) and Chikungunya infections, surveillance of arboviral infections and haemorrhagic viral infections, diagnostics development and capacity building of research teams in epidemiology of emerging and remerging zoonotic infections.