Dr. Georgies Mgode is a Research Fellow at Pest Management Centre, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SPMC) heading the Vector-borne and Zoonotic Disease Studies Section. He is also the program manager of APOPO TB dealing with novel diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) using trained African giant pouched rats (Cricetomys sp. Swahili: Panyabuku).
He is among the pioneer researchers of tuberculosis detection using rats and has explored the specific odour compounds (volatile organic compounds) of Mycobacterium tuberculosis detected by trained rats for doctoral degree studies at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology (MPIIB), in Berlin Germany. His work provided first insights on the specific odour compounds that rats detect to distinguish TB positive and negative patients.