Dr. Maruta is a Public Health Medical Laboratory Scientist with a BSc (Hons) Degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences, Masters in Public Health (MPH), Business Administration (MBA), and Ph.D. in Public Health. He has regional and international experience in laboratory system strengthening, disease surveillance, and epidemic response. His experience spans the Africa, Caribbean, and Southeast Asia Regions where he has closely worked with over 30 Ministries of Health while working with renowned organizations like Clinton Health Access Initiative, Foundation, Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics, African Society for Laboratory Medicine, and the East Central and Southern Africa Health Community. His work in the region was recognized at the ASLM 2012 Conference with a Distinguished Leadership” award and the “Best Employee” award in the World Bank-supported Southern Africa TB Health Systems Strengthening (SATBHSS) project in 2019. At Africa Centres for Disease Control, Dr. Maruta coordinates the Africa CDC Regional Biosafety and Biosecurity Initiative whose goal is to strengthen the biosecurity and biosafety systems of African Union Member States to comply with international regulations including the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005), Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), and United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1540 and the GHSA action packages (APP3).
Dr. Maruta's research interests include diagnostics, public health laboratory system strengthening, disease surveillance, preparedness, and response to events of public health concern.