BIO

Sharifu Kiragga Tusuubira is a genetics enthusiast with a track record of launching companies and leading organizations in sub-Saharan Africa.

As a young man growing up in Kampala city, Sharifu discovered his passion for science, advocacy, and engaging communities. At 20 years of age, he conceived and launched his first company that went on to receive a contract (just after the launch) for offering vaccination services to the Government Analytical Laboratories, a division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Uganda. Sharifu is passionate about research and scaling it into innovative business ideas. Sharifu is a machine learning lover interested in its application in quantitative genetics and genomics.

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Skills

I AM REALLY GOOD AT THE FOLLOWING TECHNICAL SKILLS

Data Science

70%

Leadership

80%

Genetics

80%

Research

95%

Experience

Previous Job placements to develop my expertise

Makerere University AI Lab

Research Mentee

Jan 2019 – Jun 2019 Uganda
Responsibilities include:

  • Development of Machine learning Algorithms in Python
  • Mathematical modeling of real world problems
  • Deploying of Machine Learning models

Uganda Sickle Cell Rescue Foundation

Former Executive Director

Jun 2013 – Jul 2019 Uganda

Responsibilities include:

  • Overall strategic and operational activities of USCRF’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission.

  • Building partnerships across the globe, establishing relationships with funders, researchers, political and community leaders

Clarke International University

Assistant Professor

Jun 2013 – Present Uganda
Responsibilities include:

  • Chair Basic Sciences Research group focusing on sickle cell research in Uganda Communities
  • Teaching Genetics to undergraduate students

Recent Posts

MY FOLLOWERS DON’T FEEL LIKE I HOLD ANYTHING BACK

This study also indicated that health professionals were the least likely source of Sickle cell-related knowledge. Families and friends have been identified as precipitators of stigma and discrimination coupled with myths/beliefs about Sickle cell disease.

The world today is a chaotic place, where injustices are the order of the day. With little or nothing being done by those with authority to address the injustices.

Tuesday 19 June was World Sickle Cell Day. Gilmore talks to Sharifu Kiragga Tusuubirau from Uganda who is living with the disease and he finds out how he manages his day to day life.

Uganda has the fifth highest sickle cell burden in the world. Sadly, the greatest majority of our population is not aware.The ministry of Health indicated that 13.5 per cent of our population carries this condition…

A chronic condition is any condition that requires ongoing adjustments by affected person and interactions with the health care system.

Projects

ALL THINGS ARE DIFFICULT BEFORE THEY ARE EASY

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As a geneticist, Sharifu is involved in simulation modeling the process of creating and analyzing a digital prototype of a population genetics model to predict how different alleles change in the real world. Here the code from his first forward simulation model, working with a selfing population of monkeyflowers.

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Some of my public talks and lectures

A talk at the Mandela Washington Fellows summit 2017.

2017 Story of Change Impact video for the Mandela Washington fellowship program

Interview on Delta TV about sickle cell awareness.

Contact

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  • 1200 Sunnyside, Lawrence KS 66045, USA
  • Monday 10:00 to 13:00 Wednesday 09:00 to 10:00
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