Dr. Sody M. Munsaka is a Neuroimmunology and Infectious Diseases Biomedical Scientist working as Senior Lecturer, Chairperson of the University of Zambia Biomedical Research Ethics Committee (UNZABREC) and Dean of the School of Health Sciences at the University of Zambia. His research interest is in the Patho-immune mechanisms of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders and interactions with drug abuse and other infectious diseases including malaria and tuberculosis. His research focuses on identifying both the central nervous system and peripheral nervous system reservoirs of HIV. He is also involved in a research project to evaluate the correlates of immune dysfunction in HIV- and Human herpesvirus-8/Kaposi’s sarcoma virus-infected patients. Dr. Munsaka’s research interest is also in the role that HIV commodities like hypertension play in the Zambian population.
Dr. Munsaka graduated from the University of Zambia in 2003 (BSc-Biological Sciences- Microbiology), and from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA (MSc in Biomedical Sciences-Tropical Medicine in 2007 and Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences-Tropical Medicine in 2012). He recently completed an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Research (Research Ethics) from the Vienna School of Clinical Research. Dr. Munsaka joined the University of Zambia in 2013 after completing his post-doctoral fellowship in Neuroscience (Neuroimmune Pharmacology) from the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Department of Medicine Neuroscience and Magnetic Resonance Research program. Dr. Munsaka is a member of the University of Zambia Senate, Chairperson of the University of Zambia Biomedical Research Ethics Committee, Chairperson of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the National Biosafety Authority, a member of the Higher Education Authority Board of Experts, and was a member of the W.H.O. Committee of experts on ethics of issuance of COVID-19 immunity passports. Dr. Munsaka is also Treasurer of the Immunological Society of Zambia and a member of the Chreso Ministries and the Consortium of Health Research Institutions in Zambia (COHREZ) Board of Directors.