Theodora Mbunda

Dr. Theodora Mbunda, MD, PhD is a public health specialist and research scientist at NIMR and works as trial manager in PROTID.

Dr. Mbunda is a clinical project manager for all research projects in the Department of Tuberculosis and Emerging diseases at NIMR-MMRC and responsible for coordinating, managing and conducting activities related to vaccine/drug trials, diagnostic, operational and observational research studies. She is a Medical Doctor and PhD holder in Public Health Sciences from Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm Sweden. She has over 5 years’ experience in conducting clinical trial in areas of HIV and TB vaccine trials as coordinator, principal investigator and trial manager. Her research experience is coupled by wide range training in ICH GCP guidelines, data quality assessment, project evaluation and public health sciences. Her interests lie in conducting, evaluating research in communicable and non-communicable diseases including bacterial and viral infections such as HIV, TB, as well as in Diabetes Mellitus and Hypertension. Currently, her work focuses on assessment of new diagnostic TB tests among asymptomatic adults in communities. In addition she is coordinating the implementation of research activities in EDCPT funded projects such as a feasibility of using point-of care testing at birth versus standard of care among exposed infants, rates of infant survival, morbidity and retention in care, a study of Rapid and Accurate Diagnosis of Paediatric (RaPaed-AIDA-TB) and TB Sequel studies. She has published 5 medical articles regarding HIV vaccine trial participation among young people.