Post-Doctoral Fellows

  • Dr. Alexio Mbereko (South Africa)

  • Dr. Chester Kalinda (South Africa)

  • Dr. Muhubiri Kabuyaya (South Africa)

Dr. Alexio Mbereko is a social scientist and holds a PhD in Development Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has served as a social scientist on three ECOHEALTH (Environment, society and health) research projects, namely Malaria and Bilharzia in Southern Africa (MABISA) and the TIBA (Tackling Infections to Benefit Africa) amongst other smaller studies. Dr. Mbereko has a sound background in humanities and social sciences where he has successfully utilized political ecology theory to understand social differentiation, marginalization and inequalities, public health, natural resource utilization, governance and policy. He has 13 publications in peer reviewed academic platforms. His research contributes to sustainable development through interrogating the environment, society and health nexus in a differentiated political economy; he fights for social justice through equity and equality.

Dr. Chester Kalinda is a Zambian and serves as a Postdoctoral fellow at University of KwaZulu-Natal, College of Health Sciences under the mentorship of Prof Moses Chimbari and Prof Samson Mukaratirwa. He has a background in Statistics and Research Methods and holds a PhD in Public Health. He embraced teaching and research as avenues for academic growth and development and opportunity to share and inspire other students working under TibaSA and within the College of Health Sciences. Dr Kalinda has been involved in various temperature-driven experimental studies focusing on intermediate host snails. He has also conducted research on snail aestivation and is participating in a project focusing on Prevalence and risk factors for Soil Transmitted Helminths and Schistosomiasis among children in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Dr. Muhubiri Kabuyaya holds a degree in Medicine from the "Universite Evangelique en Afrique (UEA)"/Demogratic Republic of Congo and a PhD in Public Health from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is a passionate medical researcher with a special interest on Tropical Infectious Diseases. Dr. Kabuyaya's main focus is on schistosomiasis. He has investigated the risk factors of schistosomiasis transmission and the efficacy of the repeated standard dose of praziquantel against Schistosoma haematobium among school-going children in Ingwavuma area of uMkhanyakude district in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He is currently working on the efficacy of praziquantel given at 60 mg/kg and the population genetics of Schistosoma haematobium post treatment.