University of Malawi
Institution: University of Malawi
Area of Research: Physical fitness and bone mineral density in people living with HIV and receiving antiretroviral therapy in Blantyre, Malawi
I am currently a senior lecturer in the department of Physiotherapy at the College of Medicine, University of Malawi (recently completed PhD studies) and a member of the College of Medicine Research and Ethics Committee (COMREC) since 2020. I am also the country contact for Global Observatory for Physical Activity (GoPA). I obtained my MSc in Exercise Physiology and Sports Sciences in 2014 from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Since 2011, when I joined College of Medicine as an assistant lecturer, I have held various positions from year coordinator (2014 to 2016), deputy head of department (2014 to 2016) up to head of department (2016 to 2020). My research interests are in understanding the beneficial effects of exercise on the underlying mechanisms of human physiology to guide treatment and prevention of lifestyle diseases and chronic conditions such HIV. I am also interested in understanding the effects of exercise on sports performance and injury prevention. After completing my PhD, my aspirations are to build on the PhD work which focused on exploring factors that are associated with reduced bone mineral density (BMD) and the effects of strength exercises on increasing reduced BMD in Malawian adults living with HIV and receiving antiretroviral therapy. Since the PhD project revealed some gaps in BMD data in Malawi, my focus post PhD will be to understand BMD dynamics in relation to physical activity among Malawian adults living with HIV and receiving antiretroviral therapy. To better understand the BMD dynamics, it would be prudent to determine local reference data for BMD which I also intend to investigate. My interests are to become a research leader in the area of physical exercise and health within our region.