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Proff Kaleebu Celebrated Among Top CEOs in Uganda

Prof Pontiano Kaleebu who is the Director of Uganda Virus Research Institute is seen getting his Covid-19 vaccine at the hospital,

Proff Kaleebu Pontiano has been named as one of the top CEOs in Uganda. 

Pontiano Kaleebu is the Director of the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI), the largest Government research institution dealing with diseases of viral aetiology of public health importance. UVRI hosts many international partners and is the national reference laboratory for HIV testing and quality assurance and the HIV drug resistance. UVRI hosts the World Health Organisation (WHO) measles and rubella regional reference laboratory and the WHO Inter-country polio laboratory; viral heamorrhagic fever national and regional labs, the human influenza reference lab and recently designated the WHO Yellow fever reference laboratory in the region.

Kaleebu is also the Director of the Medical Research Council (MRC)/UVRI and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) Uganda Research Unit, an MRC UK Unit which is part of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  The Unit is a multidisciplinary research organisation conducting research on HIV, emerging and re-emerging infections and non-communicable diseases. Within the Unit, he heads the Pathogen Genomics, Phenotype and Immunity Programme. He is co-founder of the UVRI-IAVI HIV Vaccine Programme and its founding Director. He is a Professor of immunovirology at the LSHTM in the Department of Infection and Immunity.

He trained as a medical doctor at Makerere University, Kampala and later obtained a diploma and PhD in immunovirology of HIV. He leads many studies ranging from basic science studies, epidemiological to intervention trials. He trains and mentor students and researchers from different parts of Africa. He is the overall coordinator of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) East African Network of Excellence and co-leader of the African Partnership on Chronic Disease Research. He also represents Uganda at the EDCTP General Assembly.

Read more details about the top CEOS in Uganda here