Research & Publications
Dr. Chaguza is an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at the Yale School of Public Health, Yale University. His research focuses on using large genomic and epidemiological datasets of microbial pathogens (bacteria and viruses) to understand pathogenesis, molecular evolution, the genetic basis of phenotypes, antimicrobial resistance, transmission, and epidemiology to inform public health – disease control and prevention.
His research at Yale primarily focuses on understanding the evolution and epidemiology of viral pathogens of public health importance, including but not limited to SARS-CoV-2, dengue, and West Nile virus. Beyond viruses, his research focuses on comparative genomics of bacterial pathogens, including but not limited to Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus agalactiae (Group B Streptococcus), Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes (Group A Streptococcus), and Enterococcus species. He is also keen to collaborate on microbial genomics projects within and outside Yale.
Education & Training
- PhDThe University of Liverpool, Infection and Immunity (2018)
- MScThe University of Manchester, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (2012)
- BScThe University of Malawi, Computer Science and Statistics (2010)
Honors & Recognition
|Robert Austrian Research Awards in Pneumococcal Vaccinology||International Symposium on the Pneumococcus and Pneumococcal Diseases (funded by Pfizer)||2022|
|Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Clinical Research Programme Annual Conference Best Oral Poster Presentation||Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Clinical Research Programme (A Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programme)||2015|
|Commonwealth Full PhD Scholarship||UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office||2014|
|International Symposium on the Pneumococcus and Pneumococcal Diseases Travel Award||International Symposium on the Pneumococcus and Pneumococcal Diseases (ISPPD)||2013|
|Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Clinical Research Programme Masters Scholarship||Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Clinical Research Programme (A Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programme)||2013|
|National Bank of Malawi and University of Malawi Student Achievement Award for the Faculty of Sciences||National Bank of Malawi and University of Malawi||2010|