Prof. Modest Mulenga
Deputy Vice Chancellor - Research & Innovation
BSc (UNZA), MBChB (UNZA), DTM&H (UK), MSc (Lond), DLSHTM (Lond), PhD (Lond), FZaAS
Prof. Modest Mulenga – Pioneering Research and Innovation for Global Health Impact
Prof. Modest Mulenga, a visionary leader in research and innovation and the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation) at LAMU. Prof. Mulenga’s remarkable journey from a humble background to becoming a renowned researcher is an inspiring testament to his unwavering dedication and passion for improving global health.
Growing up in a mining community in Chingola, Zambia, Prof. Mulenga was inspired by the doctors caring for the workers and their families in the nearby hospital. Determined to make a difference, he pursued his dreams of becoming a doctor and was among the few selected to attend medical school in Zambia in 1982, out of thousands of applicants.
After graduating and practicing medicine in Solwezi district, Prof. Mulenga witnessed the devastating impact of malaria on the local community, particularly among children. Motivated by the loss of his own sister to severe malaria, he realized the urgent need for medical research and innovative solutions to combat this deadly disease.
Driven by his passion for research, Prof. Mulenga pursued a Master of Science degree in clinical tropical medicine at the prestigious London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Armed with new knowledge and skills, he returned to Zambia and assumed leadership of the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Tropical Diseases Research Centre (TDRC) in Ndola Central Hospital.