Julius Julian Lutwama

Assistant Director of Research, Ministry of Health at the Uganda Virus Research Institute

Dr. Julius Julian Lutwama is an Assistant Director of Research with the Ministry of Health at the Uganda Virus Research Institute, Entebbe. Dr. Lutwama is trained as an Entomologist and virologist. He is the Deputy Director of the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) and Heads the Department of Arbovirology, Emerging and Re-Emerging Viral Infectious Diseases at UVRI in Entebbe, Uganda. He also heads the Eastern Africa WHO Yellow Fever Reference and Research Laboratory, the WHO Collaborating National Influenza Center and the Emerging and Dangerous Pathogens Laboratory Network (EDPLN)’s Highly Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory at UVRI. Dr. Lutwama is Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology at the Makerere University College of Health Sciences. Over the 37 years of research work at UVRI, he has worked on numerous viral diseases including Influenza, Ebola, Marburg, Cremian Congo Hemorrhagic Fever, O’nyong-nyong, Bwamba, Pongola, Yellow Fever, Rift Valley Fever, Dengue, Zika, West Nile, Foot and Mouth Disease, etc. He has published widely in local and international peer reviewed journals. He has participated in numerous virus diseases outbreak investigations, response and control. He is part of teams that have discovered several new viruses. He is a member of several local and international health sciences Task Forces, committees, associations and networks. He heads and coordinates a number of collaborating programs at UVRI. His research interest is in field and laboratory research and epidemic aid investigations of vector-borne viral infections and their arthropod vectors, and other emerging viral infections, defining disease etiologies, ecology, and pathogenesis for disease diagnosis, surveillance, prevention and control.