Georgies Mgode

Research Fellow
SUA Pest Management Centre
Summary information

Dr. Georgies Mgode is a Research Fellow at Pest Management Centre, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SPMC) heading the Vector-borne and Zoonotic Disease Studies Section. He is also the program manager of APOPO TB dealing with novel diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) using trained African giant pouched rats (Cricetomys sp. Swahili: Panyabuku).

He is among the pioneer researchers of tuberculosis detection using rats and has explored the specific odour compounds (volatile organic compounds) of Mycobacterium tuberculosis detected by trained rats for doctoral degree studies at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology (MPIIB), in Berlin Germany. His work provided first insights on the specific odour compounds that rats detect to distinguish TB positive and negative patients.


In 2012 Dr. Mgode was awarded the presidential Medal of Invention and Scientific Research, from H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of Tanzania for his novel research on TB diagnosis. For past 24 years he has been conducting research on leptospirosis a highly neglected rodent borne disease affecting humans and animals. His research focuses on mapping of leptospirosis burden domestic and wild animals and humans; understanding the commonly circulating Leptospira serovars for enhancing diagnosis and control strategies.

He described a new Leptospira serovar Sokoine that infects a broad range of domestic and wild animals, and humans which now a key antigen in serodiagnosis of leptospirosis in Tanzania. He is leading a high profile collaborative research on TB volatiles markers for potential developing a point-of care test for tuberculosis in high burden countries funded by UBS Optimus Foundation.

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD: Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology/Technical University of Berlin, Germany.
  • MSc: University of Pretoria, South Africa.
  • B.Sc: The Open University of Tanzania, Tanzania.
  • Certificate: LITI, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.


Research Interest

Dr. Mgode has research interest in tuberculosis and rodent borne zoonotic diseases including leptospirosis

Research Projects


Contact information

Pest Management Center 
​​​​​​​Sokoine University of Agriculture 
P.O. Box 3110 
Morogoro, Tanzania. 

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