Research fellows Katundu Katundu, MS, and Allen Bateman, PhD, MPH performing HPV DNA extraction

The Zambian Cervical Cancer Research Capacity Initiative

In 2010, the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) awarded our program a $1.5 million grant to develop an African-based infrastructure for research around HIV-associated malignancies in women. The grant supported five young Zambian scholars to train under renowned US researchers in pathology, HPV virology, nutrition, and oncology. The scholars have now completed their studies and returned to Zambia, forming the Centre’s core research team.

Our Scholars

Dr. Daniel Konga Maswahu – Histo/Cytopathologist Scholar

Daniel is a consultant histopathologist and cytopathologist at University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka, Zambia. He received his MBChB in 1996 from the University Of Zambia (UNZA). In 1998, Dr. Maswahu awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to study histopathology and cytopathology at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, England. He continued his training in England, obtaining the professional written and autopsy exams of the Royal College of Pathologists. He has published work in paediatric respiratory disease. His research interests are in human papillomavirus as it affects the cervix, head, and neck.

Dr. Jacqueline Mulundika – Nutritional Scholar

Jacqueline is a general surgeon who also has a MPH. She works for the Ministry of Health (MoH) at University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in the Department of Surgery; currently working in the Intensive Care Unit. She is performing her research on cervical cancer at the Cancer Diseases Hospital.

Dr. Theresa Nkole – Gynaecologic Oncology Scholar

 Theresa is an obstetrician/gynaecologist at University Teaching Hospital (UTH). She obtained her undergraduate and post-graduate degrees from the University Of Zambia (UNZA). She completed her Master of Medicine of Obstetrics/ Gynecology in 2010. She then underwent mentorship training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) where she was attached to the Gynecologic Oncology Department under Dr. Warner Huh. Theresa is currently working on a research study in Zambia.

Dr. Susan Msadabwe-Chikuni – Clinical Oncologist Scholar

Susan is a clinical oncologist at the Cancer Diseases Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia. She received her MBChB in 1999 from the University Of Zambia (UNZA) and was awarded the Upjohn Prize for Academic Excellence as the best graduating student in paediatrics and child health. In 2009, she completed her Master of Medicine in Radiation Oncology at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. In the same year, she was awarded the American Society of Clinical Oncology Cancer Foundation International Development Education Award (IDEA).

Katundu Katundu – Virology Scholar

Katundu earned a Bachelor’s in Pharmacology from the University of Leeds in England. He then earned a Master’s degree in the Molecular Biology of Parasites and Disease Vectors from the University of Liverpool, School of Tropical Medicine, where he worked to identify chemotherapeutic targets for plasmodium falciparum malaria. Recently, he completed his one-year mentorship training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) developing further expertise in DNA testing, immunohistochemistry, and immunofluorescence. He is based at the CIDRZ Central Lab in Lusaka, Zambia. His research interests include infectious disease, HPV, parasitic protozoa, and helminthes.