AAS Cohort 3 Affiliates
Dr Sow is an Associate Professor of Parasitology at the Faculty of Medicine, University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD) of Dakar, Senegal. Dr Sow is a MD, specialized in Clinical biology since 2013. As a biologist, Dr SOW hold a position in the Parasitology department at the Teaching Fann Hospital. After completing a MSc and PhD degrees respectively in 2011 and 2014 both in UCAD, Dr Sow received a fellowship for a two years Postdoctoral position in URMITE of Aix-Marseille Université, France.His research interest includes molecular biology, immunology, proteomic and epidemiology of human parasitic and fungal diseases. During his postdoctoral fellow, he worked on the development of innovative tools (Real time PCR, MALDI TOF MS) for the diagnosis and the surveillance of helminthiasis including Soil transmitted helminths and Schistosomiasis. Currently, he is the principal investigator of the study entitled “Assessment of innovative tools for the diagnosis of gastrointestinal parasitic diseases in malnourished children”, project funded by the African center of excellence for mother and Child in Senegal (World Bank funding). He is also the principal coordinator of the schistosomiasis team, who received a support for three years activities from the program “Jeune Equipe Associée à l’IRD” granted by the Institut de Recherche et Dévelopment (French government). Dr SOW is also involved in the WANETAM 2 program granted by the EDTCP as co-coordinator of the Neglected Tropical Diseases work group. He has published several papers and co-authored in many publications in the international literature.
Dr Ssemakalu is a senior lecturer, and researcher in the department of biotechnology, at the Vaal University of Technology in South Africa where, he is also a co-founder and Head of the Cell Biology Research Unit. He received his Master’s degree, in 2011 from the University of South Africa and his Doctorate degree, in 2015 from the Vaal University of Technology. For the past few years, his research has majorly focused on understanding the effect of solar irradiated microorganisms on the immunochemistry of antigen presenting cells. To date, he has been able to show that solar irradiated microorganisms are capable of inducing dendritic cell maturation as well as macrophage activation. His research has yielded numerous significant findings that highlight the potential immunological benefits stemming from SODIS water consumption. His findings have inspired him to develop a microbial inactivation photonic device he hopes to patent. Dr. Ssemakalu is a principle investigator in the cell biology research unit where he and his team of postgraduate students and researchers aim at deciphering the immunomodulatory influences resulting from the consumption of SODIS water, phytochemical induced bio-tissue regeneration and anti-cancer phytocompounds. He has published widely in peer reviewed scientific journals and is also presented his work at various conferences worldwide. He is also a contributing author to the thought leader blog at the Mail and Guardian. Dr. Ssemakalu is a recipient of the prestigious Mandela Rhodes Scholarship. He is registered with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions and a member of the South African Immunology Society and the African Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society. As an early career scientist Dr. Ssemakalu is committed to using the fundamentals of education, research and development as linchpins to impact communities in Southern Africa, Africa and the rest of the world from the onset.