Dr. Tshala-Katumbay earned his M.D. degree (Neurology) from the University of Kinshasa, Zaire, and a Ph.D. degree (Neurology) from the University of Uppsala in the city of Uppsala, Sweden, with additional training in Global Health. He has developed expertise in neuro-epidemiology, tropical neurology, and clinical and experimental neurotoxicolgy.
Dr. Tshala-Katumbay has worked internationally with academic institutions to address issues related to biomedical research in resource-limited sub-Saharan Africa. He has developed a good understanding of the principles and pitfalls in international aid, collaboration, and global health interventions. Dr. Tshala-Katumbay is involved the International Brain Research Organization, an umbrella organization of the societies for neurosciences — to lecture on neurotoxicology topics and mentor students with interest in global neurosciences.
His current lines of research focuses on:
- Dissecting mechanisms of neurodegeneration using chemical (toxic) probes
- Elucidating the role of diet-toxic exposure-gene interactions in neurological diseases including epileptic encephalopathy
- Developing techniques for neuron-specific delivery of small molecules with putative protective properties to the nervous system
- M.D., Kinshasa School of Medicine 1989
- Ph.D., Uppsala University 2001
- M.P.H., Oregon Health & Science University 2015
- Neurology, University of Kinshasa, 1996
- Neurotoxicology, Oregon Health and Science University, 2002
- Zairian Board of Neuropsychiatrists, 1996
Memberships and associations
- Society of Toxicology