Dr Martin Chitolongo Simuunza the senior lecturer in the Department of Disease Control, in the School of Veterinary Medicine, was on 29th November 2018 awarded the 2018 Science and Technology Merit Award at a colourful ceremony, which was graced by the Minister of Higher Education Professor Nkandu Luo at the Cresta Golf View Hotel.
The Science and Technology Merit Award is presented annually to the deserving male and female scientists in the country by the National Science and Technology Council for exceptional contributions to Research and Development (R&D) in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).
Dr Simuunza joined the University of Zambia (UNZA) in 2001, after completing his Master of ScScience in Veterinary Epidemiology and he has over 65 publications in peer-reviewed journals. At the start of his career, Dr Simuunza’s research interests were in epidemiology, socio-economic and genetic diversity (including population genetics) of protozoan parasites, especially those that were tick-transmitted and affecting cattle.
As a result of his belief in the “One Health” approach to solving health problems, his research interests have expanded to include a number of endemic and emerging zoonotic diseases. Dr Simuunza has also been able to mobilise over US$ 20 Million for both research and student scholarships at the postgraduate level, through competitive grant writing from a number of funding organisations.
Dr. Simuunza has supervised 24 postgraduate students three (3) PhD and 21 MSc.