Prof. Wallace Bulimo
Professor Bulimo is a professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Virology in the School of Medicine, University of Nairobi and leads the respiratory pathogen surveillance program. He has broad experiences in clinical applications, training development, biomedical research, teaching, and mentorship. He has mentored over 50 postgraduates at MScs and Ph.D. levels, who have taken up strategic, scientific, research, and administrative roles in Kenya and globally. At the U.S. Army Medical Research Directorate –Africa (USAMRD-A), he oversaw activities of many clinical surveillance sites across Kenya to conduct surveillance for viral respiratory pathogens. He also serves as principal investigator on numerous research protocols and coordinates activities on other protocols aimed at developing medical products and information to protect the health of communities. He is a Member of the Kenya national COVID-19 taskforce and was appointed leam leader of the sample handling and testing technical committee of this taskforce. Internationally, he is a Board Member of the Advisory Board on Science Technology and Innovation (STI) intervention for COVID-19, by African Scientific, Research and Innovation Council (ASRIC) of the Africa Union (AU) as well as Member. For 14 years, he served as a member of the United States of America (USA) Department of Defense Joint Influenza Surveillance Working Group (JISWIG). Globally, he has established several scientific partnerships with academia and government agencies in Kenya and the US to research infectious agents in East Africa. He conceived, established and led a vibrant program at USAMRD-A that educates, trains and guides young scientists, and more experienced colleagues, to achieve maximum scientific impact. He is an ardent champion of Biorisk management matters and is the deputy chair of the Biorisk Management Association of Kenya and an International Federation of Biorisk Association approved professional.