Dr. Hellen Amuguni is a veterinarian with doctoral training in Infectious Diseases. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health at the Cummings school of Veterinary medicine, Tufts University. Her doctoral dissertation was conducted under the supervision of Professor Saul Tzipori, a renowned scientist in the field of infectious diseases and vaccine research where she investigated sublingual immunization as an alternative delivery route for vaccines. The project, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Grand Challenges for Global Health initiative, developed an effective heat stable non-injectable tetanus vaccine that does not require a cold chain and can be used in developing countries.
She has many years of experience working as a Veterinarian and Gender specialist among pastoralist communities in the horn of Africa, developing gender programs, conducting gender assessment studies among livestock projects in Kenya, Ethiopia, Southern Sudan and Somalia. She also facilitates in the International Veterinary Medicine forums and Problem Based Learning courses and is the Co-Director of the Human Dimensions of Conservation Medicine course for graduate students in the masters in Conservation Medicine program.
Dr. Amuguni is the technical advisor for the USAID RESPOND project Africa. She coordinates projects across six African countries including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Democratic Republic of Congo working with 14 institutions of public health and veterinary medicine to build the capacity of partner African countries using a One Health approach to investigate, respond to, and counter existing and future emerging infectious disease outbreaks.
- Amuguni, H.J., Mazan, M., Kibuuka, R. 2017. Producing interdisciplinary competent professionals: Integrating one health core competencies into the veterinary curriculum at the University of Rwanda. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education.
- Coffin, J.L., Monje, F., Asiimwe-Karimu, G., Amuguni, H.J., Odoch, T. 2015. A One Health, participatory epidemiology assessment of anthrax (Bacillus anthracis) management in Western Uganda. Social Science and Medicine.
- Amuguni, H., Tzipori, S. 2012. Bacillus subtilis: A temperature resistant and needle free delivery system of immunogens. Human Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics.
- Amuguni, H., Lee, S., Kerstein, K., Brown, D., Belitsky, B., Herrmann, J., Keusch, G., Sonenshein, A., Tzipori, S. 2012. Sublingual immunization with an engineered Bacillus subtilis strain expressing tetanus toxin fragment C induces systemic and mucosal immune responses in piglets. Microbes and Infection.