I am PhD-student at the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health. I have a master’s degree in veterinary science since January 2013. I did my master’s degree project on molecular epidemiology of rabies at University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, with prof. Mikael Berg as my main supervisor. Since my graduation I have mostly been working as a small animal veterinarian at the University Animal Hospital and also as a teacher for veterinary students in grade four and five.
My project is focused on Peste des petits ruminants (PPRV) in Tanzania. PPR is a highly contagious disease affecting domestic and wild small ruminants such as sheep, goats and antelopes. Since the virus was discovered in the 1940’s in Côte d'Ivoire it has spread from eastern Africa to western and northern Africa, the Middle East and Asia. PPR is an economically important disease as it affects the household economy of the poorest people who survive with the help of small ruminant production. The goal is to 1) identify risk factors and epidemiology related to PPRV in both domestic and wild small ruminants 2) to understand and monitor molecular epidemiology based on full genome sequencing and 3) to understand molecular determinants of wild and domestic ruminants susceptibility for PPRV. PPRV is closely related to rinderpest (declared eradicated in 2011) and the hope is to in the future be able to eradicated PPRV as well.
Project title: Factors determining susceptibility of peste des petits ruminants virus infections in domestic and wild small ruminants: Understanding the role of wildlife in virus epidemiology and host-pathogen interactions
Main supervisor: Mikael Berg Assistant supervisors: Jonas Johansson Wensman, Anne-Lie Blomström, Muhammad Munir, Gerald Misinzo
My project is founded by VR-UForsk.