Dr Munyaradzi Christopher Marufu

Dr  Munyaradzi Christopher Marufu

South Africa

University of Pretoria

Production Animal Studies

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Work and Research

From early in my career, I was assimilated in to a team of leading research scholars with similar interests and have assisted to generate research outputs on local livestock issues which have attracted international interest and recognition. My research focuses on determining the epidemiology of tropical diseases and parasites of livestock and developing strategies to control them with emphasis on host (genetic) resistance and nutrition as key components. I have often relied on collaborations with scientists from the animal and veterinary sciences disciplines and have also employed a multi-disciplinary approach to find solutions to challenges in livestock health and production.

Fields Of Expertise

Veterinary Parasitology
Veterinary Science

Research Profiles

More about my work

I collaborated with scientists and researchers from different institutions including University of Fort Hare, Stellenbosch University, University of KwaZulu-Natal, ARC Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute, ARC Irene and University of Glasgow. Thus far, I have co-supervised 2 masters students at Stellenbosch University who were on a project that investigated the molecular and genetic mechanisms by which ticks modulate the haemostatic, immune and inflammatory responses of the cattle host. I co-supervised 1 masters student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal who investigated the effect of protein and vitamin E supplementation on gastrointestinal nematode infections in sheep. Currently, I am supervising 1 PhD student who is investigating the effect of ancient and modern tick-host associations on host resistance to cattle ticks in different beef cattle breeds. I have published in high impact peer-reviewed international journals. I have published an average of 1.7 journal papers per year from 2007 to date with a total of 375 citations. My google scholar h- and i10-index are 13 and 14 respectively and will continue to grow. The articles are published in different regions including journals form Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia. In all the articles which I have co-authored, I have co-developed the research from its inception and assisted in various stages of the research including the editing of the drafts.