Full First Name(s)
Wonderful Tatenda
Title (honorific)
Academic Qualifications
MSc in Medicine (2022, University of Cape Town, South Africa)
Brief Biography (English)

Dr Wonderful Tatenda Choga is involved in the discovery of Omicron, a SARS-CoV-2 variant of concern in Botswana using research skills including viral sequencing and bioinformatics. He is fascinated by molecular and immune-virology both in vitro and in vivo experiments; bioinformatics –the evolution of viruses and mutation analysis–; human population genetics –GWAS and signatures of selection–; and dynamics host-pathogen interactions. He is an active Clinical/Medical researcher and has more than 25 peer-reviewed (authored and co-authored) scientific publications in reputable journals including Nature and Science.

Dr Choga has 5+ years of medical research experience and 3+ years in bioinformatics. Research interests include but are not limited to immune-virology, epitope-based vaccine design of different pathogens, molecular epidemiology and immune-informatics of viruses such as viral hepatitis (HBV, HCV, HPgV), HPV, HIV and SARS-CoV-2. Interests also include understanding evolution dynamics and signatures of selection in various populations and risk groups. he is an awardee of 2015, Merck-UNESCO: Best African Researchers’ Science Award (Geneva, Switzerland). He is also a recipient of Southern African Network of TB and HIV Research Excellency (SANTHE, a Wellcome Trust grant) Scholarship.

Job Title
Clinical Rsearcher
Primary Organisation
Botswana Haravrd AIDS Institute Partnership
Website Address for Primary Organisation
African Country
Other (non-African)
African Region
Other (non-African)

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