Prof. Leon Mutesa

Associate professor of human genetics at the college of medicine and health sciences-University of Rwanda

Biography


Prof. Mutesa is associate professor of human genetics at the college of medicine and health sciences-University of Rwanda. He obtained his MD from the university of Rwanda in 2003 and his PhD in 2009 from the university of Liege-Belgium where he also completed his post-doc in 2011. Throughout his career he has been immensely involved in clinical services, academics, research, capacity building, and management in the health sector. He served as the Director of Department of Clinical Laboratory Dept. at the Kigali University Teaching hospital, which is the largest referral hospital.

He has been Director General of Medical Research Center in Rwanda Biomedical Centre under Ministry of Health, where he coordinated health related research activities in all national medical institutions.  Since starting his genetic career, he specifically drove new developments and implementation of medical genetics in Rwanda where he is developing clinical practice, molecular, cytogenetic, newborn-screening analyses among others. He has supervised/mentored more than 70 MSc, MMed, PhD, and Post-Doc fellows from Rwanda and from overseas universities. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers. Prof Mutesa is a member of various expert committees and has led various regional and international research consortia and fora.

Over the past 10 years he has participated in several international research and training collaborations. Currently, he is dual-PI/PD of a NIH grant- National Cancer Institute (NCI)- U54-HIV/HPV Cancer Prevention, Treatment and Pathogenesis: Rwanda/Einstein (1U54CA190163-01); the PI/PD of NIH/H3Africa grant - National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)-U01-Transgenerational Epigenomics of Trauma and PTSD in Rwanda (1U01MH115485-01); and also PI of other research grants in various aspects including cytogenetic and molecular studies, forensic, malaria, and newborn screening.