Dr. Francis Mhimbira is an epidemiologist and a TB clinical research scientist at Ifakara Health Institute (IHI, www.ihi.or.tz). He is the head of Interventions and Clinical Trials department at IHI. He has worked at Kibong’oto National TB Hospital in Tanzania (2006-2011) where he gained clinical experience on managing TB and TB/HIV co-infected patients. He joined IHI (2012-to date) and has been working in the TB research as a clinical research coordinator and investigator in a number of clinical trials, TB diagnostic studies and epidemiological studies on TB and co-infections in particular HIV and helminth infections. He was the site investigator for HIGH-RIF, NC-002, NC-005 and STAND TB drugs clinical trials. He also works with the Tanzania National TB and Leprosy Programme as a technical advisor to the TB Operational Research and Programmatic Management of Drug Resistant Tuberculosis Technical Working Groups.
Dr. Francis received his medical degree from University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, a Masters’ degree in Epidemiology from University of Melbourne, Australia and a PhD in Epidemiology from University of Basel, Switzerland.