Meet Prof. Pontiano Kaleebu: UVRI's new Director

August 3, 2016
Prof. Pontiano Kaleebu is the Director of the MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS and Deputy Director Uganda Virus Research Institute. He also heads the Basic Sciences Programme and is a founder of the UVRI-IAVI HIV Vaccine Program and its Director 2001- 2010. He is Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Makerere University, College of Health Sciences. 

Prof. Kaleebu holds a medical degree from Makerere University, a Diploma in Immunology and a PhD from the University of London. He was admitted to the Fellowship of the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College, London in 2011. He leads the EDCTP East African Networks of Excellence. 

Prof. Kaleebu has served on many committees including the WHO HIV Vaccine Advisory Committee, The Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise coordinating committee, The UNAIDS science panel, the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition Board, the NIAID HIV/AIDS Clinical trials strategic working group, CHAVI-Immune Discovery Scientific Advisory Board and was chair of the African AIDS Vaccine Programme (AAVP). He is Uganda’s representative at the EDCTP General Assembly. He chairs the National HIV drug resistance Working group. His main research interest includes HIV vaccine research especially understanding protective immune responses, HIV diversity and resistance to ARVs.