Dr. Daniel Minja is a Principal Research Officer at National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), Tanga Centre, Tanzania. Dr. Minja Holds a PhD in Molecular Epidemiology of Malaria in Pregnancy (MIP) from the University of Copenhagen Denmark, MSc Molecular Biology (IPMB) from Vrije University Brussel, Belgium and BSc Biological Sciences from the University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
Dr. Minja has been working with NIMR since 2001 and has actively been engaged in various researches related to among others; Molecular Epidemiology and Immunology of Infectious and non-communicable diseases. He is currently based at NIMR Korogwe Research Station and he assumes the role of Project leader, Co-Investigator in various Projects, supervising junior NIMR Staff as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students from local and overseas universities receiving their practical training at NIMR.
He has keen interest on Molecular Surveillance of Antimicrobial drug Resistance, Malaria vaccine development and Clinical trials. He has wide knowledge in setting up various assays including parasite culture and inhibition binding assays as well as transcriptional analysis of genes related to pathogenesis and clinical presentation of various disease pathogens, high throughput multiplex assays and other molecular immunology techniques of Infectious Diseases among others.
Dr. Minja participated in diverse studies including the search for alternative therapy for Intermittent Preventive Treatment of Malaria in Pregnancy (IPTp) as well as searching for possible causes of human genetic traits exacerbating the susceptibility to non-communicable diseases. He has co-authored over 50 publications in scientific peer reviewed journals.
Dr Minja has worked with various collaborators from Tanzania and overseas including University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of Antwerp, Belgium, Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, Germany, to mention only a few. He is the recipient of grants from various funding agencies including EDCTP, CDC, VLIR-UOS, DANIDA, DFG, EU-FP7, DCSR etc.
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