Makutiro Masavuli

Makutiro Masavuli

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


I completed a Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) at the University of Adelaide in 2012. I followed this with a first class Honours degree in microbiology and immunology, during which I worked on the analysis of immune responses to tissue-invasive parasitic worms. During my Honours degree, I became interested in understanding how the immune system functions and how it can be effectively used to combat various infections. Therefore, in 2014 I undertook a PhD project in which focused on generating various DNA vaccines against hepatitis C virus (HCV) with Prof. Eric Gowans at Basil Hetzel Institute, University of Adelaide. I completed this project in 2018 and I am currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Gowans Lab developing safe and effective vaccines against HCV, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) as well as the Zika virus.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2019 Postdoctoral Researcher The University of Adelaide
    2017 - 2018 Research Associate University of Adelaide, Adelaide
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    French Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Swahili Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2018 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia PhD
    2013 The University Of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Honours)
    2012 The University Of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science)
  • Research Interests


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