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Dr. Frederick Baliraine

Assistant Professor of Biology

 

Email: FredBaliraine@letu.edu
Phone: (903) 233-3353
Office: Glaske O-172

 

Education

Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Nairobi
M.Sc., Biochemistry, University of Nairobi
B.S., Veterinary Medicine, Makerere University

 

Courses Taught

  • Microbiology for Health Sciences
  • General Biology
  • Life Science
  • Cell Biology

 

Experience

 2013-Present  External Examiner, School of Postgraduate Studies
  Makerere University, Uganda
 2012-Present  Assistant Professor of Biology
  LeTourneau University
 2011-2012  Adjunct Instructor, Microbiology
  University of San Francisco
 2009-2012  Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Infections Diseases
  University of California
 2007-2009  Postdoctoral Fellow, Program of Public Health
  University of California
 2006  Temporary Advisor, Tanzania National Measles Laboratory
  World Health Organization
 2004-2006  Scientific Officer
  Uganda Virus Research Institute
 2001-2003  Visiting Researcher and World Laboratory Fellow
  University of Pavia, Italy
 1994-1996  Teaching Assistant, Biochemistry
  Makerere University, Uganda
 1993-1994  Research Assistant, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  Makerere University, Uganda
 1993-1994  Lecturer, Veterinary Medicine
  Bukalasa Agricultural College, Uganda

 

Honors & Recognition

  • Fellow of the University of Pavia’s Center for International Co-operation and Development (CICOPS), 2011–present.
  • Baliraine et al. 2011, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, 55: 615-622, was highlighted in Microbe Magazine 2011, 6 (3): 133 (formerly American Society for Microbiology News).
  • Granted the United States Permanent Residency Status on the basis of having an advanced degree with proven exceptional ability in the sciences, in the National Interest, 2010.
  • Inaugurated into SIGMA XI, the honor society of scientists and engineers, 2009.
  • Recognized by the Malaria Atlas Project (MAP) for contributing data on malaria epidemiology, 2009.
    MAP provides up-to-date world-wide malaria endemicity maps, to facilitate the design malaria control strategies and for further research.
  • Contracted by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a Temporary Advisor to the Tanzania National Measles Laboratory, Dar es Salaam, 2006.

 

Collaborative Projects

  • Co-investigator, Epidemiology of measles rash-like illnesses in Uganda. Collaborative study with the UK’s Health Protection Agency and the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI), under the WHO Lab Twinning program, 2010–present.
  • Member, Worldwide Antimalarial Resistance Network (WWARN) Artesunate-Amodiaquine and Artemether-Lumefantrine Molecular Marker Study Group, 2011–present.
  • Development of mathematical models to determine the impact of chemoprevention on the development and spread of antimalarial drug resistance. Collaborating with Dr. Scott M. Duke-Sylvester of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Dr. Jemal Mohammed-Awel of Valdosta State University, and Dr. Miranda I. Teboh-Ewungkem of Lafayette College, 2011–present.
  • Collaborative project between the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and UVRI, “Field testing of a measles-specific IgM immunoassay: Comparison of filter paper, oral fluid and serum samples for measles and rubella diagnosis,” 2006.
  • Collaborative project between Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and UVRI, “Proficiency testing of the KEMI-Hep cell II test kit for the diagnosis of Hepatitis B,” 2006.
  • Together with scientists from the CDC, participated in the investigation of measles outbreaks that occurred in the US, Mexico, Canada and the Netherlands (http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/vol12no11/06-0635.htm), 2005.

 

Awards/Grants

  • Texas Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (TAAHP) Travel Award, 2013.
  • American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) Travel Award, 2011.
    This is one of the Society’s premier awards, offered to selected tropical medicine researchers and trainees from around the world to facilitate their participation in the ASTMH Annual Meeting.
  • US National Institutes of Health (NIH)/Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NIH T32), 2010-2011.
  • NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco, 2009–2012.
  • NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of California, Irvine, 2007–2009.
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Travel Fellowship: to participate in the DAAD Higher Education Forum on Capacity Building and Development Research in Sub-Saharan Africa, and in the Summer School on Resource use, Agriculture, Environment and Rural development for Sub-Saharan African Countries, at the Universities of Bonn and Giessen, Germany, Sept. 24 – Oct.7, 2005.
  • Travel Fellowship, offered jointly by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), the Africa Genome Education Institute (AGEI), and the Nelson Mandela Foundation: to participate in the 4th Africa Genome Initiative Conference, Somerset West, South Africa. 22-25 Mar. 2006.
  • World Health Organization Fellowship: to attend a course on Polio Diagnosis and Laboratory Management at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), Johannesburg, South Africa, 2004.
  • Ph.D. Fellowship, offered jointly by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), 2000–2003.
  • Two International Center for Scientific Culture - World Laboratory (ICSC-WL) fellowships, Projects FIP-10 and T1, 2001–2003.
  • Visiting Research Fellowship, offered by the University of Pavia’s Centre for International Cooperation and Development (CICOPS), Italy, 2001.
  • Dissertation Research Internship Program (DRIP) Fellowship, offered by the ICIPE, 1997–1999.
  • MS Fellowship, offered by the German Government, 1995–1999.
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