Dr Julius Okuni
Dr Julius Boniface Okuni is an Associate Professor of Veterinary Pathology and Head of Department of Veterinary Pharmacy, Clinical and Comparative Medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity, Makerere University in Uganda. His research focuses on diagnostics of several neglected infectious diseases of animal and zoonotic significance, such as paratuberculosis, tuberculosis, rabies, African swine fever and several other diseases of veterinary importance. Applying the OneHealth concept, he has recently joined a team of researchers to work on tackling the challenges of SARS-CoV-2 using a mobile suitcase lab to validate a number of tests to be used at the point of need in resource-limited countries like Uganda. The mobile suitcase lab technology is simple, robust and cheap and can be used in a variety of disease outbreak situations to confirm a disease and in clinical settings to provide tests needed for patient care. He looks forward to applying this technology in other disease situation and make it more widely available for use in Uganda.