Augustino Alfred Chengula (PhD Student, NMBU)  is a Lecturer of Virology and Molecular Biology at the Department of Microbiology, Parasitology and Biotechnology, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS), Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in Tanzania. He holds a bachelor degree in Veterinary Medicine (2007) and a Masters Degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (2013) from SUA. During his masters studies, he did a research on “Molecular Epidemiology of Rift Valley fever and its socio-economic impacts in selected areas of Tanzania” and managed to publish two articles in international peer reviewed journals. He now teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Virology and Molecular Biology at SUA. His research interests are mainly in the fields of Molecular Virology and Vaccinology. He is currently studying PhD at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) in Oslo, Norway focusing on viral diseases of fish. He is working on two viruses; Iridovids of the family Iridoviridae (Lymphocystiviruses, Ranaviruses and Megalocytiviruse ) and the deadly recent identified virus from Israel called Tilapia lake virus (TiLV) focusing on diagnostics, epidemiology and molecular characterization of viruses leading to the  development of new generation control methods.

His permanent address is P. O. Box 3019, SUA, MOROGORO, TANZANIA. Mobile. +255 625761508, Fax – +255 (23) 2604647, and E-mails: achengula@yahoo.com and achengula@suanet.ac.tz

List of Publications

Mugimba, K.K., Chengula, A.A., Wamala, S., Mwega, E.D., Kasanga, C.J., Byarugaba, D.K., Mdegela, R.H., Tal, S., Bornstein, B., Dishon, A., Mutoloki, S., David, L., Evensen, O., Munang’andu, H.M., 2018. Detection of tilapia lake virus (TiLV) infection by PCR in farmed and wild Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) from Lake Victoria. Journal of fish diseases 1-9

Msoffe G, Chengula A, Kipanyula JM, et al (2018) Poultry Farmers ’ Information needs and Extension advices in Kilosa , Tanzania : Evidence from Mobile- based Extension , Advisory and Learning System. Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal).

Swai E. S, Rukambile E. J, Chengula A. A, Wilson, R.T (2017). Endo-, ecto-and haemo-parasites of pigs in Tanzania. International Biology Review, 1: 1-10.

Chengula A, Lucas BK, Mzula A (2015) Assessing the Awareness , Knowledge , Attitude and Practice of the Community towards Solid Waste Disposal and Identifying the Threats and Extent of Bacteria in the Solid Waste Disposal Sites in Morogoro Municipality in Tanzania. Journal of  Biology, Agriculture and Healthcare5:54–66.

Khamesipour F, Doosti A, Koohi A, Chehelgerdi M, Mokhtari-Farsani A, Chengula A. (2015) Determination of the presence of Babesia DNA in blood samples of cattle, camel and sheep in Iran by PCR. doiSerbia 67 (1):1–20. doi: 10.2298/ABS140410009K

Chengula A, Lushino A, Mbise J, Mzula A, Mafie E, Mwega E, Makundi I, Peter E (2014) Determination of bacterial load and antibiotic susceptibility testing of bacteria isolated from students ’ toilets at Sokoine University of Agriculture , Morogoro , Tanzania. Journal of Health, Medicine and Nursing, 5:1–11.

Chengula A.A., Kasanga, C.J., Mdegela R.H., Sallu, R., Yongolo, M. (2014). Molecular detection of Rift Valley fever virus in serum samples from selected areas of Tanzania. Journal of Tropical Animal Health and Production,  46(4):629-34. doi: 10.1007/s11250-014-0540-6.

Chengula, A.A, Mdegela, R.H, Kasanga, C.J. (2013). Socio-economic impact of Rift Valley fever to pastoralists and agro pastoralists in Arusha, Manyara and Morogoro regions in Tanzania. SpringerPlus, 2:549. doi: 10.1186/2193-1801-2-549.

Chengula, A., Mdegela, R.H, Kasanga, C.J. (2013). Awareness, knowledge and practice of pastoralists and agro-pastoralists towards livestock diseases affecting domestic animals in Arusha, Manyara and Morogoro Regions, Tanzania. Journal of Health, Medicine and Nursing, 1: 13-19.

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