Emmanuel Nepolo is a health professional, educator, and research scientist. He currently serves as an assistant professor and Head of Department at the National School of Medicine, University of Namibia. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and held professional fellowships at world-renowned institutions including the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, in Munich, Germany; the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS in Vancouver, Canada; Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, USA; and Cardiff University School of Medicine in Wales, UK.
Emmanuel educates and trains the health care society to produce competent, lifelong learners. He also conducts translational biomedical research that can inform public health policies. His main research interests are focused on HIV viral drug resistance genotyping, nutrition and metabolic status of people living with HIV, the mechanisms of development and the spread of resistance in clinical isolates of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis strains, and the use of new molecular diagnostics tools such as DNA Sequencing to decipher resistance mechanisms in high incidence settings.
He plans to establish the first HIV and TB resistance testing laboratory for Namibia to advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal on good health and well- being through knowledge creation and innovation.