Dr Chisomo Msefula

I am a Research Scientist and Associate Professor of Microbiology at the College of Medicine, University of Malawi. My research focus has largely been on describing the molecular epidemiology of invasive non-typhoidal Salmonella in Malawi and sub-Saharan Africa. Recently the scope of work has expanded to include typhoid fever following the epidemic increase of Salmonella Typhi isolation at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre. Collective achievements have been the description of the invasive S. Typhimurium strain sequence type ST313 in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and recently the identification of S. Typhi haplotype H58 as the epidemic strain in SSA and Malawi. I am also developing a PCR technique to diagnose invasive Salmonella in blood to improve case ascertainment at QECH, in Blantyre. Administratively I serve as Dean of the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions.