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Janetrix Hellen Amuguni - BVM, MA, PhD

Janetrix Hellen Amuguni
Associate Professor

Hellen AmuguniDVM, MA, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. She works at the cutting edge of the One Health initiative, which combines a multidisciplinary approach and human, animal and environmental health knowledge for monitoring and prevention of current and emerging infectious diseases.  She served for the last 8 years as the Tufts Senior Technical Lead of the USAID Emerging Pandemics Threat 2-One Health Workforce project. In this position, she coordinated projects across eight African countries: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal and Cameroon that cover 26 institutions of public health, environmental sciences and veterinary medicine, providing technical support in infectious disease training, Gender, ecosystem health training, One Health curriculum integration and problem-based learning. She has many years of experience working as a Veterinarian and Gender specialist among pastoralist communities in the horn of Africa especially in Kenya, Ethiopia, Southern Sudan and Somalia. She is the Principal Investigator of the Tufts Cummings-University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) One Health Collaborative grant, with a focus on multidisciplinary training and research and Director of the Tufts-UGHE-University of Rwanda One Health Global Exchange Fellowship program. She is also the Principal Investigator of the SheVax+ IDRC Gender and Livestock Vaccine Innovations grant that focuses on identifying entry points and opportunities for women smallholder farmer engagement in the vaccine value chain in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda in collaboration with the OHCEA network. At Cummings School, she is course director of the Human Dimensions in Conservation Medicine course, which is part of the Masters in Conservation Medicine Program, as well as the Global Health and Emerging Pandemics Threat course in the Masters in Infectious Disease and Global Health.

  1. Ndayambaje, B., Amuguni, H., Coffin-Schmitt, J., Sibo, N., Ntawubizi, M., Vanwormer, E. 2019. Pesticide application practices and knowledge among small-scale local rice growers and communities in rwanda: A cross-sectional study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
  2. Amuguni, H., Bikaako, W., Naigaga, I., Bazeyo, W. 2019. Building a framework for the design and implementation of One Health curricula in East and Central Africa: OHCEAs One Health Training Modules Development Process. One Health.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Amuguni, H., Tzipori, S. 2012. Bacillus subtilis: A temperature resistant and needle free delivery system of immunogens. Human Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics.
  6. 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.