Prof. John Lusingu

Director, Tanga Medical Research Centre
Professor John P.A. Lusingu is a Chief Research Scientist with the National Institute for Medical Research. He received his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in health sciences from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark in 2006 focusing on epidemiology and immunity of malaria. He completed his medical degree (MD) in 1994 from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He worked as a General Practitioner in the southern highlands of Tanzania for five years as an employee of the Ministry of Health of Tanzania. He was seconded to join National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) in 2000 with a focus on studying malaria immunity. Before being appointed he was the Acting Centre Director for Tanga. He conducted several field-based studies to evaluate malaria epidemiology and later on joined University of Copenhagen, Denmark under Gates Malaria Partnership consortium where he pursued his Ph.D. Professor John Lusingu is also a Professor of the University of Copenhagen, Denmark with extensive experience in field studies including basic malaria research and clinical trials of malaria drugs and vaccines through phases 1, 2 and 3. He completed extension of the Phase 3 study of the RTS,S/AS01 malaria vaccine manufactured by GSK and sponsored by PATH-MVI and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation at a capacity of Principal Investigator in Korogwe, Tanga, Tanzania. He is an overall Principal Investigator of an ongoing study to find alternative antimalarial drugs to prevent malaria in pregnant women which is conducted in Korogwe and Handeni districts in collaboration with European and USA partners (hps:// He is a Senior Fellow of EDCTP2 funded Project on Malaria Research and Capacity building for field trials in Tanzania (MaReCa) in collaboration with University of Copenhagen, Denmark (hp:// He is currently working in collaboration with Bernhard-Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM) to evaluate transmission of non-malarial fever and enteric diseases. He is a member of Tanzanian and international scientific technical committees. Prof John Lusingu has co-authored 107 peer-reviewed health research articles as per PubMed accessed on 25 April 2019 (hps:// J). He is a reviewer of several peer-reviewed reputable international scientific journals. Currently, Prof. John Lusingu is the Editor-in-Chief of the Tanzania Journal of Health Research (hps://