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Dr Leon Mutesa

Leon studied medicine at the National University of Rwanda, after which he joined the Centre for Human Genetics at the University of Liege as a PhD student in 2003.
He then began researching on cystic fibrosis (CF) causing mutations in African population where the disease has been under diagnosed for long time.

In 2009, he completed and published his original research project entitled "Genetic analysis of cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) and amiloride sensitive epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) gene in African patients with cystic fibrosis-like symptoms" in CHEST which is a high ranked peer reviewed journal and graduated with a PhD in Medical Sciences.

Leon’s work was the first to show and identify the probable pathophysiological role in both CFTR and ENaC genes in black population with CF-like disease.

In 2009, Leon joined the Faculty of Medicine at the National University of Rwanda as lecturer, and then senior lecturer of molecular biology and medical genetics. He serves as Head of Center for Medical Genetics, where he is currently developing clinical practice, molecular and cytogenetic analyses.

Since starting his genetic career, Dr. Mutesa has pioneered new developments and implementation of a reference centre for medical genetics in Rwanda, which is the only one in the East African Region.

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