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CBSN Career Chats: Developing a Research Program and the Importance of Leadership Skills for Scientists

February 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

CBSN Members are invited to join the second Career Chat of 2024

Wednesday February 14, 4pm ET


Developing a Research Program and the Importance of Leadership Skills for Scientists

with Dr George Mutwiri, DVM, PhD

Dr. George Mutwiri joined University of Saskatchewan in 1997. He is currently the Executive Director/Dean, and Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan. He is also a senior Scientist at the Vaccine & Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Center (VIDO-InterVac). Dr. Mutwiri graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and a PhD from University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He subsequently completed postdoctoral training at the University of California in San Diego, USA.

Dr. Mutwiri’s research interests are in research and development of vaccines against infectious diseases. He has led several international vaccine-related research projects Most of his time was previous spent on vaccine R & D, but more recently has become involved in promoting vaccine confidence, and on exploring factors influencing vaccine uptake and hesitancy.  He has over 170 publications, book chapters and conference abstracts, and has served in editorial boards of several peer-reviewed journals. As principal investigator, co-principal investigator, or collaborator, he has attracted more than $18 million in research funding. Dr. Mutwiri has international collaborations in the USA, China, Kenya, and Rwanda. In his leadership role, he is committed to helping SPH faculty establish externally funded research programs at USask.

Dr. Mutwiri has taught several graduate courses and currently teaches a course on Leadership in Public Health. He has supervised many postdoctoral fellows, PhD and Master of Science students, and he has advised many Master of Public Health students and served as a mentor to many other students.

Dr. Mutwiri’s passion for education is based on his lived experience: that education changed his live. He believes that it has potential to change or improve others’ lives in different ways. He enjoys every opportunity to help people, especially from his black community, in providing advise and/or inspiration drawing from his lived experiences.


Please contact the CBSN Project Administrator if you are a member looking for the registration link, or sign into the CBSN ‘connections’ channel on Slack 

Register once and we will remind you each month.

Watch the calendar for future session topic announcements!

  • September 13. CRC & Professor Jennifer Adams (U Calgary): Preparing a faculty dossier.
  • October 11. Professor Adango Miadonye (Cape Breton University): Flourishing in Academia-Part I.
  • November 8. Mark Casselman & Nickiesha Linton (Digital Health Canada): Exploring Professional Careers – Digital Health in Canada.
  • December 13. Angelo Nwigwe & Christopher Dixon (Mitacs): Career transition skills and networking  & Postdoctoral fellowships and industry positions.
  • January 10. Professor Maydianne Andrade (U of T): Paving a Pathway to Leadership.
  • February 14. Dr George Mutwiri, DVM, PhD (USask): Developing a Research Program and the Importance of Leadership Skills for Scientists.
  • March 13
  • April 10


February 14
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm