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Professor Olobo became Scientific Director of Med Biotech Laboratories in 2007. He graduated in veterinary medicine at the University of Nairobi, Kenya in 1971 and proceeded to obtain the MS (1978) and PhD (1987) degrees in Immunoparasitology and Immunobiology, respectively, from the same university. Professor Olobo was a Research fellow and Scientific Officer, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Kenya (1978-1979), Visiting Research Fellow, Walter & Eliza Hall Medical Research Institute, Australia (1979-1980), and Research Fellow, International Laboratories for Research on Animal Diseases (ILRAD), Kenya (1982-1987).

Professor Olobo has held various research positions in Africa. He was Principal Scientist, Institute of Primate Research, Nairobi, Kenya (1987-1996); Senior Research Scientist, Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI), Ethiopia (1997-2000); Senior lecturer, Department of Medical Microbiology, Makerere University, Uganda (2000-2001); and Professor of Immunology of Infectious Diseases, Department of Microbiology, Makerere University since 2002.  Professor Olobo has served on various national committees (Elimination of Guinea Worm Disease in Uganda, Elimination of Onchocerciasis in Uganda, Clinical Trials and Pharmacovigilance of National Drug Authority, National guidelines for Research involving Human Subjects, and Ethics and Research Committee, Faculty of Medicine). He has served as an international short term consultant of the World Health Organization/TDR on leishmaniasis in the African Region, TB, and NTDs. His current research activities are clinical trials of drugs against leishmaniasis, a delibilitating protozoan disease in Eastern Africa. He has supervised the dissertation research of about a dozen young scientists and authored or co-authored over 30 scientific publications on the immunology and epidemiology of leishmaniasis, tuberculosis, and other endemic infectious diseases.