Kato Charles Drago
Institution: Makerere University
Area of Research: Cytokine responses & parasite genotypes associated with the pathogenesis of human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) in north-eastern Uganda
Dr. Charles Drago Kato is a Lecturer at the School of Biosecurity, Biotechnical and Laboratory Sciences at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. Charles attained his PhD from Makerere University in Clinical Immunology and Molecular Genetics with support from the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) and Afrique One Consortium in 2016. He holds a Master of Science degree in Structure Molecular Biology from the University of London and a second Master of Science degree in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology from Makerere University with a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine from the same institution. Charles`s research interests are in understanding the Immunology of disease co-infections and host-parasite interactions in infectious and zoonotic diseases so as to understand disease epidemiology, improve diagnostics and design better therapeutic interventions. Charles current research is on the use of proteomics technologies to identify biomarkers in Human African trypanosomiasis. Charles has also been a Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-PI for a number of research-based projects at Makerere University to a magnitude of $ 875,000 that have included Wellcome Trust, European Union, WHO and government-based projects. Using these grants, he has recently established a BSL2 biomarker research laboratory at Makerere for COVID-19 biomarker research and also other infectious diseases and cancer. He has been involved in the organization of several local and international conferences/seminars and is actively involved in the supervision of graduate students (MSc and PhD) within the region.