Our Core Research Partners


Diagnostics Research & Training in Zambia

Who we are and what we do

HerpeZ is a not-for-profit medical research organisation in Zambia founded in 2012 by Dr Matthew Bates (PhD) and Dr Kunda Musonda (MBChB, PhD). We are based at the University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia, and we are interested in a range of infectious disease threats which are important causes of morbidity and mortality, for which current diagnostic and therapeutic strategies are inadequate. Our goal is to generate knowledge that informs on improved diagnostic or treatment strategies, resulting in better outcomes and saving lives.

Martin Mutale, Nyaxewo Mwaanza, John Tembo, Monica Kapasa, Matthew Bates, Lophina Chilukutu

Where we do it

The University Teaching Hospital receives patients from a network of roughly 20 community clinics and from district and regional hospitals across the country. We are based in the Dept. of Paediatrics & Child Health but we also work with the departments of Internal Medicine, Pathology & Microbiology and Obstetrics & Gynaecology. We collaborate with faculty from both the University of Zambia School of Medicine and University of Zambia School of Veterinary Medicine and also from the Zambian Ministry of Health. We share a well equipped research laboratory within the hospital and also work closely with the Bacteriology, Virology and BSL3 TB labs.

Paediatric nursing staff, mothers and their children taking part in our CMV Load study

Landmark outputs

Latest News

July 2019: HerpeZ and UNZA School of Veterinary Medicine collaborators supported by the PANDORA project funded by the EDCTP, have returned after a successful week conducting field surveillance for arenaviruses in Southern Province. 

Arenavirus surveillance team. From left to right, Dr. Simbarashe Chitanga (UNZA School of Health Sciences), Martin Simasiku (District Veterinary Officer), Dr. John Tembo (HerpeZ), Dr. Edgar Simulundu (UNZA School of Veterinary Medicine), Samuel Munjita (UNZA PhD student) and N’gandu (Farm owner).

May 2019: Collaborators at the University of Lincoln in the U.K are recruiting a post-doc to help implement the EMPIRICAL clinical trial. For details just click here. Any queries please contact Dr Matthew Bates, Senior Lecturer in Microbiology at the University of Lincoln, and Director of HerpeZ.

May 2019: PhD opportunity developing molecular diagnostics for sepsis with Matthew Bates at the University of Lincoln. U.K/EU students only unfortunately, but working in collaboration with HerpeZ in Zambia.

Feb 2019: EMPIRICAL Kick-Off Meeting, Lusaka, Zambia, 19th/20th Feb 2019. Many thanks everyone for a very successful launch!