Dr Jose Fafetine

Dr Jose Fafetine


Eduardo Mondlane University

Molecular Epidemiology & Diagnostics

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Work and Research

I am a senior lecturer of Microbiology and Immunology at the Veterinary Faculty of the Eduardo Mondlane University and researcher at the Biotechnology Center (CB-UEM) of the same University where I’m the head of the molecular epidemiology and diagnostics department. My main research interest is the diagnosis and epidemiology of viral and zoonotic diseases. In this context I have taken part in a number of teams involved in the research of important animal diseases with public health impact such as rabies, tuberculosis, brucellosis, leptospirosis and cystecercosis. Currently I’m leading a research group on epidemiology and molecular diagnosis of viral diseases.

Fields Of Expertise

Veterinary Science

Jose Fafetine

As a senior academicI’ve been involved in formal training of BSc, MSc and PhD students, lecturing and supervising dissertations. I’m also acting as an informal mentor to several junior staff from the Veterinary Faculty and BiotechnologyCenter.Additionally,I’ve been Deputy Dean for research at the Veterinary Faculty for four years. Currently I’m leading a research group that deals with issues that have direct impact on the livelihood of the people for example trying to minimize the negative economic and social impact of animal and zoonotic diseases; reducing the negative impact of diseases on crop production; developing new tools for the rapid detection of diseases; and providing advice to policy-makers on how to formulate new disease control strategies.In due course we managed to establish the first biosafety laboratory class 3 for animal use in the country and to establish new technologies e.g. polymerase chain reaction in real time. The two recently created “One Health” platforms will contribute hugely for a new and better approach in establishing preventive and control measures for emerging and zoonotic diseases.Overall this work has the merit of building local technical competence in the diagnosis and epidemiology of important diseases, reducing its negative impact on society.