John Meshack Changalucha is a Medical Microbiologist and Director of Mwanza Research Centre. John joined the National Institute for Medical Research in July 1985. He is a holder of BSc of the University of Dar es Salaam (1985) and MSc (Medical Microbiology) of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, 1988. He also holds a Certificate in Diagnostic Methods in Parasitology of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (1987).
His employment history goes back to 1985 when he joined NIMR Mwanza as Research Scientist. In 1995 he was promoted to Senior Research Scientist. He was appointed Acting Director of Mwanza Research Centre in 1998-1999 before he became the Director in March 1999.
John Changalucha has attended a number of short courses and seminars including (i) Epidemiological studies in Reproductive health, Nairobi, Kenya, 1990; (ii) Laboratory methods in Reproductive Health, Institute of Primate Research, Nairobi, Kenya, 1990; (iii) Surveillance of Susceptibility patterns of pathogenic bacteria to antibiotics in Africa, Lausanne, Switzerland, 1997; (iv) Health Systems Research (HSR) in Mwanza, Tanzania, 1999; (v) Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), organized by the WHO/TDR, 2003; (vi) Good Clinical Practice (GCP), organized by WHO/TDR, 2003; (vii) Managerial Skills Development Programme organised by the Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI), 2003; (viii) Good Clinical Practice for MDP 301 (1.2) trial, conducted by the Clinical Trials Unit, MRC, UK, 2005l; (ix) Good Laboratory Practice, conducted by the Tanzania Food and Drug Authority (TFDA), 2005; (x) HIV-1 BED Incidence Assay, organised by CDC, 2006; (xi) GCLP course organised by IAVI and QUALOGY Ltd, 2006. His main research area has been on HIV/STD prevention and rapid diagnostic tests for STIs. He is an author of over 40 scientific publications.