Dr. George Dautu is a Post doctoral Research fellow at the University of Zambia (UNZA). He obtained a doctor of Philosophy degree in Veterinary Sciences from Gifu University, Japan in 2008 and also Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Zambia in 1998.
He is currently doing his Rift Valley Fever (RVF) research under the SACIDS RVF Community of Practice comprising of young researchers from Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique and Zambia. His major research interest is to isolate and characterise the Rift Valley Fever Viruses that might be circulating in domestic and wild animals, humans and mosquitoes in Zambia during the interepidemic period.
He is also interested in building capacity in the rapid detection and surveillance of RVF thereby improving the understanding of the mechanisms underlying its transmission, evolution and control. Currently he is doing serological screening of the sera samples obtained from the identified study areas. Positive results have been obtained so far and these results are being used to map up the RVF high risk areas.
The next step will be to carryout viral isolation and subsequent molecular characterization of the spatially selected RVFV isolates. His Mentors are Professor Aaron S. Mweene (University of Zambia), Professor Janusz Paweska (National Institute for Communicable Diseases, Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa), Professor Phelix Majiwa (ARC-Onderspoort Veterinary Institute, Republic of South Africa) and Dr. Robert Noad (Royal Veterinary College, London, United Kingdom).
Publication(s): Epidemiological study of Rift Valley fever virus in Kigoma, Tanzania