Elijah Songok, MD, PhD

Elijah Songok, MD, PhD

Elijah Martim Songok is a professor and Chief Research Officer at Kenya Medical Research Institute in Nairobi, Kenya. Apart from his position at KEMRI he is also cross appointed as Professor at Department of viral Infections and International Health at Kanazawa University, Japan and Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Manitoba, Canada.
Prof Songok obtained his BSc and Msc degrees in Biochemistry from the University of Nairobi, a PhD in viral infections from Kanazawa University in Japan and a postdoctoral fellowship from University of Manitoba in Canada.
In Kenya, he has been the Head of KEMRI Infectious and Parsitic Diseases Research Program; Chair of the Kenya World Hepatitis Day Commemoration Committee and a Technical expert for development of Kenya National Guidelines for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of viral hepatitis. He is also a member of WHO-UNAIDS network for HIV isolation and characterization, and an expert committee member of the Kenya Advisory Committee for Blood Safety and Availability.
Prof. Songok has published more than 50 articles in peer reviewed journals and won grtants and awatrds from major international and local grant agencies for research and capacity building in viral infections. These include Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Canada Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canada International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Third World Academy of Sciences, Toyota Foundation among others.
Prof Songok is currently a Deputy Director of Kenya Medical Research Institute in charge of the KEMRI Graduate School.

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