Dr. Emilia Virginia Noormahomed is Full Professor at Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), past Vice Rector at University of Lurio, Mozambique and invited Professor at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), US. Between 2013-2014 she led the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) PI council, a PEPFAR founded network comprising 41 African and US Universities. Her early work started with development of diagnostic tools for some neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), as well as, on studies to define the epidemiology of those diseases, such as cysticercosis, hydatidosis, schistosomiasis, toxocaríasis, onchocerciasis. As Mozambique is a country with one of the highest rates of HIV, malaria and other NTDs, her research has focused to understand the interaction between HIV and those pathogens. She is also involved in developing innovative strategies to scale up health professionals training and strengthening research capacity in the country. In addition to her work related to strengthening medical education in sub-Saharan Africa, she has been collaborating with Dr. Stephen Bickler from UCSD to understand the impact and limitations in access to emergency and essential surgical capacity in rural areas of Mozambique through a series of small community and rural hospital based surveys and increase capacity for surgical research via training and partnerships.
Her research has focused to understand the interaction between HIV and those pathogens