© 2015 Sarah E. Rich

Joseph Erume

RISE Degree(s) 

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Wildlife and Animal Resource Management at Makerere University

RISE Network(s) 

Professor, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR)


Broadly: infectious diseases of livestock; zoonoses and food safety; and impact of livestock on the environment

Specifically: enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli and salmonella in swine as well as paratuberculosis in ruminants; epidemiological research on zoonotic diseases, particularly brucellosis and swine erysipelas (brucellosis research focuses on large and small ruminant brucellosis, swine brucellosis and human infection); the environmental impact of livestock, especially as pertains to water quality

Special Accomplishments 

TWAS–DFG Cooperation Visit (June–August 2014): "Assessment of the sero-prevalence of swine brucellosis in Masaka, Kamuli, and Mukono Districts of Uganda" and "Genotyping of Brucella isolates from pigs at the Friederich-Loeffer Institute of Bacterial Infections and Zoonoses, Jena, Germany"

DAAD–ILRI Postdoctoral Fellowship, December 2012–May 2013

2008 Susan Ann Smith Mills Fellowship, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL)

Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases (CRWAD) Graduate Student Competition Award: Best Poster Presentation in Gastroenteric Diseases, Chicago, Illinois, December 2–4, 2007

Widaman Trust Distinguished Graduate Assistant Award, UNL, August 2006

Shear-Miles Distinguished Fellowship, UNL, September 2005

Frank & Marie Wheeler Fellowship, UNL, August 2005

Graduate Research Assistantship, UNL, August 2003–July 2008

OAD Scholarship Recipient, Austrian Academic Exchange Service, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria, September 1999–June 2000

Livestock Systems Project Scholarship Recipient, Uganda Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, September 1996–1997

Selected Publications 

Sente C, Erume J, Naigaga I, Magambo PK, Ochwo S, et al. 2016. Occurrence and genetic characterisation of Acanthamoeba spp. from environmental and domestic water sources in Queen Elizabeth Protected Area, Uganda. Parasit. Vectors. 9(1):1–8.

Sente C, Erume J, Naigaga I, Mulindwa J, Ochwo S, et al. 2016. Prevalence of pathogenic free-living amoeba and other protozoa in natural and communal piped tap water from Queen Elizabeth protected area, Uganda. Infect. Dis. Poverty 5(1):68

Atim SA, Ayebazibwe C, Mwiine FN, Erume J, Tweyongyere R. 2016. A survey for contagious caprine pleuropneumonia in Agago and Otuke districts in Northern Uganda. Open J. Vet. Med. 6(01):9–14

Sente C, Erume J, Naigaga I, Gabriela Namara B, Mulindwa J, et al. 2016. Xenic cultivation and genotyping of pathogenic free-living amoeba from public water supply sources in Uganda. New J. Sci. 2016

Mugizi DR, Muradrasoli S, Boqvist S, Erume J, Nasinyama GW, et al. 2015. Isolation and molecular characterization of Brucella isolates in cattle milk in Uganda. Biomed Res. Int. 2015:1–9

Ikwap K, Jacobson M, Lundeheim N, Owiny DO, Nasinyama GW, Fellström C, Erume J. 2014. Characterization of pig production in Gulu and Soroti Districts in Northern and Eastern Uganda. Livest. Res. Rural Dev. 26(4)

Ikwap K, Erume J, Owiny DO, Nasinyama GW, Melin L, et al. 2014. Salmonella species in piglets and weaners from Uganda: Prevalence, antimicrobial resistance and herd-level risk factors. Prev. Vet. Med. 115(1):39–47

Erume J, Wijemanne P, Berberov EM, Kachman SD, Oestmann DJ, et al. 2013. Inverse relationship between heat stable enterotoxin-b induced fluid accumulation and adherence of F4ac-positive enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli in ligated jejunal loops of F4ab/ac fimbria receptor-positive swine. Vet. Microbiol. 161(3):315–24

Luka P, Erume J, Mwiine F, Ayebazibwe C. 2012. Molecular characterization of peste des petits ruminants virus from the Karamoja Region of Uganda (2007-2008). Arch. Virol. 157(1):29–35

Luka PD, Ayebazibwe C, Shamaki D, Mwiine FN, Erume J. 2012. Sample type is vital for diagnosing infection with peste des petits ruminants virus by reverse transcription PCR. J. Vet. Sci. 13(3):323–25

Luka PD, Erume J, Mwiine FN, Ayebazibwe C, Shamaki D. 2011. Molecular characterization and phylogenetic study of peste des petits ruminants viruses from North central States of Nigeria. BMC Vet. Res. 7(1):32

Erume J, Ocaido M. 2011. Potential risks, consumer perceptions and preferences of shallow ground water in urban and rural areas of Uganda. Africa J. Anim. Biomed. Sci. 6(1):51–58

Luka PD, Erume J, Mwiine FN, Ayebazibwe C. 2011. Seroprevalence of peste des petits ruminants antibodies in sheep and goats after vaccination in Karamoja, Uganda: Implication on control. Int. J. Anim. Vet. Adv. 3(1):18–22

Erume J, Berberov EM, Moxley RA. 2010. Comparison of the effects of different nutrient media on production of heat-stable enterotoxin-b by Escherichia coli. Vet. Microbiol. 144(1):160–65

Erume J, Berberov EM, Kachman SD, Scott MA, Zhou Y, et al. 2008. Comparison of the contributions of heat-labile enterotoxin and heat-stable enterotoxin b to the virulence of enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli in F4ac receptor-positive young pigs. Infect. Immun. 76(7):3141–49

Ocaido M, Otim CP, Okuna NM, Erume J, Ssekitto C, et al. 2005. Socio-economic and livestock disease survey of agro-pastoral communities in Serere County, Soroti District, Uganda. Livest. Res. Rural Dev. 17(8)

Otim CP, Ocaido M, Okuna NM, Erume J, Ssekitto C, et al. 2004. Disease and vector constraints affecting cattle production in pastoral communities of Ssembabule district, Uganda. Livest. Res. Rural Dev. 16(5)

Nizeyi JB, Innocent RB, Erume J, Kalema GRNN, Cranfield MR, Graczyk TK. 2001. Campylobacteriosis, salmonellosis, and shigellosis in free-ranging human-habituated mountain gorillas of Uganda. J. Wildl. Dis. 37(2):239–44

Erume J, Partidos H. 2001. Evaluation of the adjuvant effect of Escherichia coli heat-labile enterotoxin mutant (LTK63) on the systemic immune responses to intranasally co-administered measles virus nucleoprotein. Part I: Antibody responses. Afr. Health Sci. 1(1):3–8

Olszewska W, Erume J, Ripley J, Steward MW, Partidos CD. 2001. Immune responses and protection induced by mucosal and systemic immunisation with recombinant measles nucleoprotein in a mouse model of measles virus-induced encephalitis. Arch. Virol. 146(2):293–302

Erume J, Spergser J, Rosengarten R. 2001. Rapid detection of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis from cattle and zoo animals by Nested PCR. Afr. Health Sci. 1(2):83–89

RISE Degree(s) Completed 
December 2010