Francisca Mutapi (2017: University of Edinburgh Chancellor’s Award for Impact. 2016: David Livingstone Medal, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.)

Professor in Global Health Infection and Immunity, Deputy Co-Director TIBA


March 2018-currently: Co-Director, Global Health Academy (University of Edinburgh)

July 2017-currently: Deputy Director TIBA Partnership (Tackling Infections to Benefit Africa) NIHR Unit at the University of Edinburgh.

August 2017-currently: Professor (Global Health Infection and Immunity), School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh.

2014-July 2017: Reader, School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh.

2011-2014: Senior Lecturer, School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh.

2005-2011: Research Fellow in Infection and Immunity, University of Edinburgh.

2002-2005: MRC Research Training Fellow in Molecular Parasitology, University of Edinburgh.

2001-2002: University Lecturer in Comparative Epidemiology, Department of Clinical Veterinary Studies, University of Glasgow. 

2001: University Lecturer in Microbiology, Birkbeck College, University of London.

1999-2000: Departmental Lecturer in Molecular Parasitology, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford.

1999-2000: Retained College Lecture in Infectious Diseases, Pembroke College, University of Oxford.

1998- 2000: College Lecturer in Statistics and Experimental Design in Biology and Psychology, St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford.

1997-1999: Postdoctoral Fellow, Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium.


 DPhil, Biological Sciences, Linacre College, University of Oxford.

BSc  Hons, Biological Sciences, University of Zimbabwe.

Responsibilities & affiliations

Membership of Learned Socities

Elected Fellow, Zimbabwe Academy of Sciences (FZAS)

Elected Fellow, African Academy of Sciences (FAAS)

Elected Fellow, Africa Science Leadership Program and Future Africa Fellow (run by the Global Young Academy and the Robert Bosch Foundation)

2015: Elected Fellow, African Science Institute.

Honorary Academic appointments

2017-currently: Honorary Professor, College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

2016-currently: Visiting Research Fellow, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford.

Undergraduate teaching

Parasite Biology

Animal Biology

Medical and Veterinary Epidemiology

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2019-ongoing: Senior Adviser to the Principal (University of Edinburgh) on Africa

2019-ongoing:: UKRI GCRF Strategic Advisory Group

2018- ongoing:World Health Organisation Africa Region Director’s Independent Advisory Group

2018-ongoing: World Health Organisation Expert Advisory Group: Guidelines for implementation of control and elimination of schistosomiasis and verification of interruption of transmission

2018-ongoing:  Royal Society/African Academy of Science Future Leaders – African Independent Researchers (FLAIR) Fellowships steering committee.

2017-ongoing: Grand Challenges Africa (GC Africa) Steering Committee member. Grand Challenges Africa is a multi-million dollar funding body lead by the African Academy of Sciences and the New Partnership for Africa's Development funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. FM is one of  9 committee members responsible for:

2015-ongoing: Independent Strategic and Scientific Advisory Board of the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA). AESA is a pan-African platform established in 2014 as a partnership between the African Academy of Science (AAS) and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), and supported by three global funders (Wellcome Trust, DIFID, Gates) to promote long-term development of research leadership, scientific excellence and innovation in Africa.

2015-2016: Chair -WHO committee on treatment of Schistosomiasis in preschool-age children and paediatric Praziquantel formulations WHO, Department of Control and Neglected Tropical Diseases.

2010-2012: WHO committee reviewing results from studies on the treatment of young children for schistosomiasis, WHO, Department of Control and Neglected Tropical Diseases.

2018-ongoing: Chair, UK Department of Health, National Institutes for Health Research (NIHR) Global Health Research Funding Panel- call 2 (Groups).

2018-ongoing: UK Department of Health, NIHR Research Professorships panel.

2017 –ongoing: Deputy Chair, UK Department of Health NIHR –GCRF Funding Panel- Units and Groups 

2015-2017: Wellcome Trust Seeds Award Funding Committee.

2016: Wellcome Trust Population and Public Health Expert Review Group, co-opted member.