Dr. Fidele Tugizimana
Department of Biochemistry,
University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Originally from Rwanda (and currently living in South Africa), Fidele Tugizimana obtained his PhD in Biochemistry (summa cum laude) from the University of Johannesburg, South Africa (SA). After the completion of a B.Phil. degree in Philosophy (magna cum laude) from the Urbaniana University, Rome in 2004, Fidele Tugizimana enrolled in a B.Sc. Biochemistry-Chemistry degree at the University of Johannesburg; and completed a M.Sc. degree in Biochemistry (cum laude) in 2012.
Currently, Dr. Fidele Tugizimana is a research fellow at the University of Johannesburg and a research scientist in the international R&D division of the Omnia (Pty) Ltd company. He applies metabolomics approaches in interrogating cellular biochemistry at global level, specifically in plant-environment interactions (involving abiotic/biotic stresses, beneficial microorganisms, etc.). His research interests include metabolomics, host-pathogen interactions, immune response (at molecular level), data analysis, bioinformatics and metabolite identification.
Dr. Fidele Tugizimana was involved in setting up the metabolomics group at the University of Johannesburg (currently under the leadership of Prof. Ian Dubery). He is also involved in metabolomics training workshops in SA as an organizer and a trainer: e.g. SIMCA-based data analysis workshop (2015), annual Metabolomics training workshops (since 2016). He has gained extensive experience (skills and knowledge) throughout the metabolomic pipeline from experimental design to advanced analytical platform (GC-MS and LC-MS), and data analysis. Fidele is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society (since 2007) and SA scientific societies (e.g. ChromSA, SAAMS, SASBMB). He is an active member of the International Metabolomics Society: (i) Secretary of the Early-career members Network (EMN) committee (2016-2017); (ii) member of the Strategy Task group; and (iii) member of the International Organizing Committee for the Metabolomics Conference 2017. He is an author/co-author of metabolomics papers in leading peer-reviewed scientific journals.