Dr. Christopher Kasanga

Christopher Jacob Kasanga, is a SACIDS-WT Postdoctoral Research Fellow from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Sokoine University of Agriculture. I am a Virologist with strong bias to molecular biology, biotechnology and epidemiology of viral infections and viruses.
Currently, he is working on Aphthoviruses, Birnaviruses, and other emerging and re-emerging viruses that cause diseases of economic and food security importance. The main theme of his on-going research is to elucidate epidemiological and molecular determinants of foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) endemicity in Southern Africa.
To augment this research, virological and cutting-edge molecular techniques are employed. The findings of this research will unravel geographical distribution, genetic and antigenic diversity of circulating FMDV strains, epidemiological and molecular determinants of FMD endemicity, and evolutionary characteristics of the field strains.  This information is useful in designing and recommending the rational FMD control strategy in Africa.
Research Theme:
Epidemiological and molecular determinants of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) endemicity in Southern Africa
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Publication(s): The changing landscape of the molecular epidemiology of foot-and-mouth disease virus in southern Africa north of Limpopo and east Africa , Molecular biological characteristics of foot-and-mouth disease virus in the African buffalo in southern Africa , Epidemiological study of Rift Valley fever virus in Kigoma, Tanzania , Serosurveillance of foot-and-mouth disease virus in selected livestock-wildlife interface areas of Tanzania , Investigation of foot-and-mouth disease outbreaks in the Mbala and Kazungula districts of Zambia , Spatial and temporal distribution of foot-and-mouth disease virus in the lake zone of Tanzania , Rapid, sensitive and effective diagnostic tools for foot-and-mouth disease virus in Africa , Preliminary investigation on presence of peste des petits ruminants in Dakawa, Mvomero district, Morogoro region, Tanzania , Molecular survey for foot-and-mouth disease virus in livestock in Tanzania, 2008 – 2013 , Foot and mouth disease in Zambia: Spatial and temporal distributions of outbreaks, assessment of clusters and implications for control