Dr. Francisca Mutapi
University of Edinburgh
Dr Mutapi holds a readership in global health at the University of Edinburgh, UK. She conducts basic scientific research integrating immunology, molecular biology, parasite biology, quantitative studies and fieldwork to build an evidence base used to inform stakeholders, governments and funding organisations on global helminth control policy formulation and implementation.
Educated at the University of Zimbabwe and University of Oxford she has received several prizes and honours including election as a Fellow of the African Academy of Science in 2015, Fellow of the African Science Leadership program also in 2015 and election as one of the 60 founding members of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy in 2012. Her work has influenced research prioritization, global health policy and practice. In terms of health impact, her work has led to policy revision through the World Health Organization making millions of pre-school children eligible for schistosome treatment. She has also contributed to the implementation of Zimbabwe’s national helminth control programme, targeting close to 5 million school children annually and currently heads a team of independent scientists monitoring and evaluating the programme.
She has an excellent record in postgraduate supervision having supervised postgraduate training for more than 20 young scientists from Africa and Europe.
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