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DTM alumnus Dr. Ousmane Koita (PhD, 2000) visited Tulane in May to give a special seminar titled, "How Do Human Pathogens Expand Their Genetic Diversity Under Conditions of Natural Transmission?" Since his graduation from Tulane, Dr. Koita has returned to Mali where he has founded the Laboratory of Applied Molecular Biology at the Faculty of Science, has performed a series of studies on the epidemiology, transmission, and treatment of malaria and is now Professor of Molecular Biology and Medicine at the University of the Sciences, Techniques, and Technologies of Bamako.
Dr. Ousmane Koita and Dr. Don Krogstad
Dr. Scott Kellermann, an alumnus of the Department of Tropical Medicine (MD-MPHTM, 1978), recently visited Tulane to discuss practicum opportunities at the Bwindi Community Hospital in Uganda and to give a student presentation titled, "Public Health in the Land of the Batwa Pygmies." Dr. Kellermann works with the indigenous Batwa Pygmy tribes of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. He has initiated projects to establish a hospital and community health clinics, buy land, build homes and schools, introduce water and sanitation programs, work on income generation, and promote indigenous rights.