UVRI Director receives Medal on Labour Day
Prof. Pontiano Kaleebu recently received a medal of service on the National Labour day celebrations at Kololo Independece Grounds in Kampala. The celebrations were presided over by the president of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. The event was attended by various government officials where 50 medals were awarded to 50 outstanding persons in the country of whom 13 were female and 37 males. The awardees included; long serving officials, civilians, police, prisons and mebers from UPDF.
The journey of Prof. Pontiano Kaleebu has been diverse and did not begin yesterday and this is a brief about the seniour researcher that will give more insight on why he received a medal of service on the Naltional Labour day celebrations at Kololo Independece Grounds in Kampala.
Prof. Pontiano Kaleebu is the Director Uganda Virus Research Institute and Director of the MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit. He is Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Makerere University College of Health Sciences. Prof. Kaleebu holds a medical degree from Makerere University, a Diploma in Immunology and a PhD from the University of London. He was admitted to the Fellowship of the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College, London in 2011. Prof. Kaleebu has served on many committees including the WHO HIV Vaccine Advisory Committee, The Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise coordinating committee, The UNAIDS science panel, the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition Board, the NIAID HIV/AIDS Clinical trials strategic working group, CHAVI-Immune Discovery Scientific Advisory Board and was chair of the African AIDS Vaccine Programme (AAVP). He is Uganda’s representative at the EDCTP General Assembly. He chairs the National HIV drug resistance Working group. His main research interests include HIV vaccine research especially understanding protective immune responses, HIV diversity and resistance to antiretroviral therapy.