Dr. Julius Nwobegahay

2007 Trainee

Dr. Nwobegahay obtained a Bsc (Hons) Microbiology degree (Upper second class), from the University of Calabar, and continued his studies at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria where he received a Masters in Medical Virology.  He then studied at the University of Venda, South Africa where he obtained a PhD in Microbiology (focusing on molecular virology). His thesis was titled, “Human Immunodeficiency Virus Genetic Drug Resistance and Subtype Distribution in Northern South Africa.” He examined the problem of drug resistance in two communities in Northern South Africa where HIV prevalence is high, access to antiretroviral therapy is expanding, drug resistance data are limited and patients are not routinely tested for resistance before treatment. He hopes that the findings of his research will generate data and inform policy on the treatment program in South Africa, as well as resistance monitoring – a critical component of disease management.

Dr. Nwobegahay has attended several research training programs, including training in Human Subject Research Ethics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Baltimore, USA); Good Laboratory Practices and Quality Control (Nairobi, Kenya); and HIV Sequence Analysis and Drug Resistance Testing (Cape Town, South Africa).

Julius has authored and co-authored several scientific publications in peer reviewed accredited journals.

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