Farirai Mutenherwa, PhD

Hecht-Levi Fellow; Berman Institute-Oxford University Joint Fellow in Global Infectious Disease Ethics

Farirai Mutenherwa is a bioethicist with interdisciplinary training in the social and behavioural sciences. He completed his undergraduate studies in psychology before earning a Master’s degree in Population Studies at the University of Zimbabwe. Following that, he solidified his foundation in bioethics by pursuing a Master’s degree in Health Research Ethics through the South African Research Ethics Training Initiative (SARETI), a joint program offered by the Universities of Pretoria and KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). His doctoral research, supported by a fellowship from the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform, explored the use of HIV phylogenetic analysis to investigate transmission patterns within communities. The investigation aimed to bridge knowledge gaps, refine guidelines and best practices for HIV phylogenetic research and ultimately ensure responsible implementation of phylogenetically informed HIV interventions. As a Berman Institute-Oxford University Joint Postdoctoral Fellow in Global Infectious Disease Ethics (GLIDE) and a Hecht-Levi Postdoctoral Fellow, he continues to explore the complex ethical landscape where global health initiatives, infectious disease control, and responsible research practices intersect.