Dr Judy Orikiiriza is currently pursuing her PHD in Immunology at Trinity College Dublin in the Republic of Ireland and is carrying out her research at the Infectious Diseases Institute Kampala Uganda. She is a Senior Paediatrician at Rwanda Military Hospital and an honorary lecturer of Paediatrics and Child health at the University of Rwanda.
She is a member of the Board of Experts for the East Africa Centre for Vaccines and Immunization (ECAVI), a vaccines systems support, advocacy and training program in Eastern Africa. She has been closely involved in research in the field of infectious disease like Malaria, HIV, TB, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Viral Haemorrhagic fevers.
She has been involved in the development of several research collaborations. Her areas of research include Malaria and associated co-infections; mapping out hepatitis B and C burden and vaccination in high risk populations like Health care workers and medical students; immune response to hepatitis B vaccination in children, viral haemorrhagic fever in peace keeping forces and nutrition as a determinant of immune response and treatment responses in HIV malnourished children initiating ART.
She has published in high impact journals in the area of malaria and immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome in children receiving ART in Uganda and has received a number of awards to present her work at international fora. She received a Laboratory-Clinician champion award at the 1st African Scientific Laboratory Medicine Conference where she was recognised for her contribution to championing laboratory strengthening in Rwanda.
She holds leadership positions in a number of national and international organizations concerned with the promotion of child health, fighting against HIV and laboratory strengthening. She is strongly committed to the growth, development and transformation of Research and good clinical practice in Africa.
Through mentorship, excellent teaching and training, improvement of clinical services, integration of clinical and research activities and advocacy she is dedicated towards building and mentoring young African researches in order to develop a critical mass of African scientists for the future.