HIV & Host Genetics Lab

HIV & Host Genetic Research Group

Group leader
Washington Ochieng’, PhD. Associate Research Professor 
Infectious Disease & Genomics.

Research Activities: At the HIV and Host Genetics Lab, our research interests focus on understanding human diseases at their intersection with host genetics. The key question guiding our scientific inquiry is; how does human genetic differences contribute to diversity of disease outcomes? We are also leading the investigations in pathogen molecular epidemiology, with studies on HIV-1, HCV and HBV. Current research activities include:

  1. Investigating polymorphisms in the human CCR5 and CCR2 chemokine receptor genes in relation to HIV infection and treatment outcome among long-term HAART patients
  2. Genetic epidemiology of HIV-1
  3. HIV-1 Drug resistance and Treatment Response monitoring
  4. Therapeutic Drug –level monitoring in blood of HAART patients
  5. Co-infection {HIV, hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV)} among injecting drug users

We are deliberately developing an expert platform that will solve emergent public health problems of our generation by continuously seeking to understand genetic intersection of infectious and non-communicable diseases. Hence, the lab has set up collaborating platforms for Cancer, Diabetes and TB genomics and discovery research. The lab strives to develop scientific minds of the future by offering training and mentoring opportunities for Undergraduate and Graduate students and Interns. For more information about our research activities, please see the List of Publications and Research support as outlined below or visit us at Strathmore University.

Major Articles

Upcoming Publications

Conference Proceedings

Research Support