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Principal Research Scientist, National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR)

Dr. Deus Ishengoma is a Principal Research Scientist and the head of Genomics Laboratory at the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He completed a PhD at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark in 2011 where focused on the surveillance of malaria and antimalarial drug resistance. He established a genomics lab at NIMR in 2006 and field sites for clinical trials of different interventions in Tanzania. His research focuses on capacity building and pathogen genomics, with a focus on the surveillance of parasite populations, antimalarial drug resistance and efficacy of antimalarials. He is also leading several collaborative projects which are investigating the genomics of malaria parasites, human genome variations and rare diseases in Tanzania. Dr. Ishengoma has published over 70 publications in peer reviewed journals, several technical reports and policy briefs to support decision and policy making for malaria elimination in Tanzania. He is a recipient of different grants and awards including the Allan J. Magill Fellowship of 2019 from the American society of tropical Medicine and hygiene (ASTMH). He is a member of different associations and networks; including the Genomic Epidemiology of Malaria Network (MalariaGEN), US President's Malaria Initiative-Supported Antimalarial Resistance Monitoring in Africa Network (PARMA) and ASTMH. He is the co-founder of the Pathogen Diversity Network Africa (PDNA), Tanzania Human Genetics Organization and African Society of Antimicrobial Resistance.


  • –present
    Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Monash University