Leonard Mboera is Chief Research Scientist and the Director of Information Technology and Communication. Dr. Mboera holds a PhD in Mosquito Chemical Ecology of the Wageningen University and Research Centre (The Netherlands), Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine of the Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania), MSc in Applied Entomology (Medical/Veterinary) of University of London, UK and Diploma of Imperial College (London).
Dr. Mboera joined NIMR in October 1992 as a Research Scientist. Prior to that he worked as a Veterinary Surgeon and Trainer with Ministry of Agriculture & Livestock Development, Research and Training Central Zone in Mpwapwa (1985-1992). Over the years, Dr. Mboera has carried out a number of researches in the areas of mosquito ecology, malaria epidemiology, ecosystems and health systems. He is recognized for his contribution to the scientific knowledge on malaria and lymphatic filariasis mosquito resource seeking behaviours. His studies in mosquito behavior have changed the sampling techniques for anthropophilic mosquitoes in Sub-Saharan Africa. At the regional and national levels, Dr. Mboera has made enormous contribution to the strengthening the integrated disease surveillance and response.
He was the first Coordinator of the East African Integrated Disease Surveillance (2001-2004) and Leader in the Tanzania National Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response Strengthening Project (2002-2005). Dr. Mboera has served in a number of national, regional and international committees; namely, Member, Executive Board of Southern Africa Climate Change Network, Chair, Regional Southern Africa Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance, Member of Research Ethics Committee of the University of Dar es Salaam, Secretary General, East African Public Health Association, Editorial Advisory Committee of the Rwanda Journal of Health Research. He is the Editor of Tanzania Journal of Health Research and Associate Editor of the East African Journal of Public Research. Dr. Mboera has published 116 scientific articles in biomedical and health systems including 3 books and one book chapter.