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Rita Macane de Araújo Mabunda

Country of origin: Mozambique Currently in: Mozambique, Maputo General field of specialization: Agricultural Sciences
Academic Background


2015 Undergraduate Agricultural Sciences
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities


Veterinary Science

Publications resulting from Research: 

Emerg Infect Dis. 2019 Aug;25(8):1614-1616. doi: 10.3201/eid2508.190526.
Sneathia amnii and Maternal Chorioamnionitis and Stillbirth, Mozambique.
Vitorino P, Varo R, Castillo P, Hurtado JC, Fernandes F, Valente AM, Mabunda R, Mocumbi S, Gary JM, Jenkinson TG, Mandomando I, Blau DM, Breiman RF, Bassat Q.

Int J Antimicrob Agents. 2018 Jun;51(6):881-887. doi: 10.1016/j.ijantimicag.2018.02.005. Epub 2018 Feb 12.
Antibiotic resistance and molecular characterization of shigella isolates recovered from children aged less than 5 years in Manhiça, Southern Mozambique.
Vubil D1, Balleste-Delpierre C2, Mabunda R1, Acácio S3, Garrine M1, Nhampossa T3, Alonso P1, Mandomando I4, Vila J5.

Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
1. Management (Director of Molecular Biology Laboratory ) 2. Research technical activities (Molecular Biology Technologist) 3. Coordination (Lab Project Lead): Projects funded by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) a) Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance Network (CHAMPS) in Manhiҫa, Mozambique b) Comprehensive Mortality Surveillance for Action (COMSA) in Quelimane, Mozambique Specific tasks under my responsibilities include: • Coordination of internal and external audits and quality assurance • Planning and development of laboratory activities and work schedules • Development of Job description for lab staff and allocation of activities • Technical support and staff training • Participating in study design and implementation of research activites • Development of study progress reports for onsite investigators, collaborators and sponsors • Development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for specimen processing and equipment usage • Supervision of the staff in proper use of personal protective equipment on the Lab and biosafety regulations • Development of technical reports and recommendations based on the research findings • Monitoring data collection and analysis • Budget holder • Perform of Molecular biology techniques: o HIV-1 viral detection and Viral load by PCR o Taqman Array Card assay Real Time PCR o Detection of antimicrobial resistance and virulence mechanisms in bacteria by conventional PCR o Rotavirus detection by ELISA and genotyping by conventional PCR o Plasmodium falciparum detection and quantification by Real Time PCR

Workshop and Conference Attended

2018 Harare, Zimbabwe African Institute of Biomedical Sciences and Technology: Genomic Technologies for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation workshop

Presentation given

Susceptibilidade antimicrobiana de enteropatógenos bacterianos isolados em crianças menores de 5 anos com e sem diarreia no distrito de Manhiça
Maputo, Mozambique
Event: XV Jornadas de Saúde (offered by National Institute of Health and Ministry of Health)
Diarreia bacteriana resistência aos antibióticos em crianças 5 anos
Marracuene, Maputo, Mozambique
Event: Worskshop para divulgação dos resultados de Rotavirus ( Offered by National Institute of Health)
Enteroaggregative Escherichia coli (EAEC) colonization in infancy. Evidence of mother-tochild transmission?
Baltimore Center, Maryland, USA
Event: 66th Annual meeting The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

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